People spend a lot of time in their bedrooms. Heck, some folks literally camp out there for hours on end, especially on the weekends. Even if you just use your bedroom to sleep, that means you’re there approximately six or more hours per night. Purifying the air in your bedroom and around your house is essential to good health. Maybe your home doesn’t get a lot of fresh air, meaning you have closed windows and use central AC and heating systems all the time. If so, the air inside is bound to be full of toxins. The good news is that there are numerous types of plants that you can place in your bedroom and around the house to purify the air you breathe.
Bringing nature indoors is trending again. It used to be common for most homes to have plenty of live plants, especially greenery. At some point, the artificial flower and plant fashion took over. People weren’t home as much and didn’t feel like they had time to keep up with watering and fertilizing their plants. Nowadays, people are staying home again; in fact, many people work from home. A lot of them are starting to bring plants back into their homes. You should too, because it’s an easy way to detoxify the air you breathe and improve your health.
Start with basic plants, such as the spider plant
I wish they’d give this plant a new name. When the average person thinks of spiders, it doesn’t evoke peaceful or happy feelings. Spider plants are super good for you, though. Its scientific name is “chlorophytum cromosum,” which is a mouthful, but I’d rather say that than “spider plant.” Studies show that these plants can remove as much as 90% of the formaldehyde in your bedroom or elsewhere in your home. Yes, I’m sorry to tell you that there is formaldehyde in your air, a known cancer-causing chemical. Spider plants also are known to absorb odors, and they keep oxygen levels high. Sounds like a recipe for getting a better night’s sleep; doesn’t it?
If you’re a novice to plant care, a spider plant is a great beginner plant. If you start with one plant, it will produce baby fronds, which you can then clip off from the mother plant and pot into new plants. Soon, your bedroom will be bursting with plants, and you will have only had to invest in one!
Some plants help moisten dry nasal passages
If you have dryness in your nasal passages, you might want to add a peace lily to your bedroom plant display. Not only are they lovely to look at, peace lilies also boost moisture in the air. You only have to water it once per week. It’s also known for its ability to suppress airborne microbes, which are the culprits that often cause allergies.
Do you have room in your bedroom for a few hanging pots?
If you have space to hang a plant in your bedroom, there’s a particular ivy called a Pothos that is sturdy. It can grow in direct or indirect sunlight. It’s at the top of most lists for plants that purify the air and remove toxins. In its natural habitat, Pothos is a ground cover in the forest. However, when grown indoors, many people like to hang it in baskets or other attractive pots.
Anthurium rids your air of carbon dioxide
If you’re not familiar with anthurium, you might have just heard these plants called by another name: Flamingo plants. When your goal is to detoxify the air in your bedroom, a flamingo plant will get the job done right! It not only eliminates carbon dioxide from the air you breathe, it also provides tons of oxygen through its foliage. They’re dubbed “flamingo plants” because of their bright, pink color. The pink and green contrast is beautiful! Anthurium plants needs well-drained soil. It’s also best to avoid direct sunlight with them. If you find a good spot in your bedroom for these beauties, they’ll produce flowers all year long!
Keep your pets in mind when choosing plants
Some plants are toxic to animals. If you have pets, and they enter your bedroom, make sure you have chosen plants that are safe for them. Several of the plants mentioned in this post are, indeed toxic to pets, such as anthurium and peace lily. If you plan to use any plants mentioned in this post, make sure to check whether they can cause irritation or toxicity in pets.
Reasons to have a plant or two or three in your bedroom
In addition to being decorative and beautiful, the following list provides other beneficial reasons to place some plants in your bedroom:
- Plants have porous leaves that can filter the air you breathe, removing harmful substances such as benzene and formaldehyde.
- Plants boost oxygen levels in the air around you, and higher oxygen levels at night promote restful sleep.
- Incorporating herbs, such as lavender, can produce a calming effect in your bedroom.
Each type of plant is unique regarding the amount of water it needs, as well as whether it thrives in direct or indirect sunlight, etc. Always research care and maintenance tips for the specific types of plants you choose to display in your bedroom or around the house! If you have zero live plants in your house, you might want to get some asap! It’s a relatively affordable and simple way to purify the air you breathe indoors and to improve your health.