10 HOUSEPLANTS WITH HEALTH BENEFITS

The top 10 plants that can positively impact your health! 

written by Samantha Agostino

Many people have houseplants as a means of livening up their décor, but it's also worth considering having plants for health benefits. How are plants beneficial to humans you ask? Read on and see the best plants for health and wellbeing. 

DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only and should not take the place of professional medical diagnoses and treatments. Consult your physician before using any information outlined in this article in a medicinal capacity as side effects may or may not occur from use.

1. ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera is an easy to care for succulent, popular in many households. These spiky guys may look harsh, but actually have some pretty great healing properties. Check out how to care for them here

Health Benefits of Aloe Vera:
Antibacterial and antiseptic properties found in its gel are known to help with wounds and skin irritation.
 It can be used to combat tooth decay and plaque build up. 
 It can alleviate the pain of sunburn! 
It is beelieved to help treat canker sores

2. LAVENDER

Lavender is a popular plant known for its purple flowers and soothing scent. These plants are easy to care for and produce an essential oil known to help with all sorts of problems. 

Health Benefits of Lavender:
When inhaling the scent from the flowers, it can help with insomnia or difficulty sleeping, and help provide better overall sleep. 
Inhaling the scent of the essential oil can help subside symptoms of headaches and migraines
The calming properties of the essential oil has been known to help with symptoms of depression and anxiety. 
Topical use of the essential oil paired with other herbs, has shown to promote hair growth

3. SNAKE PLANT

Snake Plants are low maintenance and easy to care for plants, that provide a pop of color and help keep your space airy and breathable.

Health Benefits of Snake Plants:
They act as an indoor air filter, and help to purify the air quality and remove toxins.
They combat allergies by oxygenating the air and preventing the accumulation of dust and allergens. 
They are big player in Feng Shui, helping to get rid of negative Chi. 

4. ROSEMARY

Rosemary plants are easy to care for and are vibrantly fragrant. On top of being a low-maintenance plant, Rosemary is also great for your immune system.

Health Benefits of Rosemary:
When ingested, it is said to boost the immune system as this plant is rich in antioxidants.
Rosemary oil has been shown to promote regenerative hair growth
 It can help calm upset stomachs and indigestion when eaten. 
When incorporated into one's diet, it has been known to improve memory and cognitive abilities. 

Note: too much consumption of Rosemary can result in vomiting and upset stomach. Consult your physician before incorporating into your diet regularly. 

5. PEACY LILY

Not only is the Peace Lily a stunning flowering plant, it also provides several health benefits. 

Health Benefits of Peace Lilies:
It acts as an indoor air purifier and removes toxins from the air.
It promotes better sleep by absorbing mold spores and other allergens, allowing better breathing. 
Being that the Peace Lily enjoys humidity, it will absorb any extra moisture in the room and reduce the possibility of mold and mildew. 

6. SPIDER PLANT

The Spider Plant is a spindly looking plant that can take up some space in your home. However, that's not to say the space and you aren't benefiting from it. 

Health Benefits Spider Plants:
They act as air purifiers and remove toxins and pollutants from the air. 
As a result of removing toxins from the air, they help with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

7. CHAMOMILE

Chamomile resembles that of a daisy, with its dainty white and yellow flowers. However, there is nothing dainty about the powerful impact these plants can have on your health!

Health Benefits of Chamomile:
When brewed into a tea, Chamomile can help reduce inflammation, as well as menstrual pain. 
Chamomile tea has been shown to reduce blood sugar and help with diabetes management. 
When brewed into a tea, it can act as a sleep aid!
Chamomile extract, or when made into a paste, can be applied to wounds to promote quicker healing

8. CONEFLOWER

Coneflowers are a flowering plant part of the daisy family. They come in a variety of colors, and also provide a variety of health benefits!

Health Benefits of Coneflowers:
They act as an immunity booster, and may even help fight off the common cold!
 They are believed to help recover from respiratory illness.
• Coneflowers have been shown to reduce blood sugar levels, as well as inflammation
 

9. MARIGOLD

Marigolds are known for their vibrant yellow coloring, and can be found in many recipes to lend a bright hue to any dish. On top of being a pretty garnish, these plants also have healing qualities. 

Health Benefits of Marigolds:
When brewed into a tea, it can help with stomach cramps, nausea, and menstrual pain. 
If you soak a cloth in cold marigold tea, you can use it a topical anti-inflammatory.  
 If ingested, it can help with sore throats and lowering fevers.
When ground into a paste or ointment, it can be used to treat skin irritation.

10. LADY FERN 

The Lady Fern is most notable for its vibrant and full leaves. However, the root and stem of this plant that hold just as much of the magic. 

Health Benefits of Lady Ferns:
When the leaves are boiled into a tea, it can help with respiratory issues.
Grinding the root into a powder, and mixing with water to form a paste can be applied to wounds to promote healing. 
When brewed into a tea, it can help relieve labor pains of expecting mothers.
Ingestion of Lady Fern tea can help with digestion. 

DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only and should not take the place of professional medical diagnoses and treatments. Consult your physician before using any information outlined in this article in a medicinal capacity as side effects may or may not occur from use.

Plants are a both beautiful and functional! With the right tools like the Flora Pod™ Sensor and the Flora App, it's easy to diagnose your plant's problems and get them back to health!