Indoor plants serve a dual purpose: beauty and utility. Plants are essential to human life, and the right plants can even improve that quality of life through a greater degree of air purification.
Snoring, in particular, can be a sign of an underlying health condition. It is in the interest of every person to ensure the air quality where they sleep is optimal to promote one’s health.
Finding the right plants is the key. This guide will serve to introduce several of the best plants to serve this essential utility and discuss why they were chosen.
A wide-leafed, tropical foliage plant, dracaena is also commonly known as “the pineapple plant” for its Dracaena fragens variation whose leaves look very similar to those of a pineapple. This plant is particularly adept at removing formaldehyde from the surrounding air. It is a highly effective purifying plant that comes in a few different species, though all will sport the signature leaves.
Fresh lavender generally has tiny violet flowers that form a sort of “cone” down the stem, before giving way to green stem once more. This particular flower has long been used as a relaxant as well as a headache and sleep aid. Lavender has a slight, yet pleasant scent that, when dried, can be used in potpourri. Placing lavender buds, a pillowcase can help support restful sleep.
Chrysanthemums, or just mums, are a common flower found in a variety of bright colors that can easily be acquired from a local garden store for a low price. Mums have a proven ability to cleanse the air of harmful pollutants, including ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. Mums are a hardy flower and can be planted outdoors, as well. Whether as an air purifier or a decorative outdoor plant, mums are highly pleasing and beneficial.
This plant belongs to the succulent class with long, thick leaves in the shape of spikes and covered in smaller spiky growths. Inside each leaf is a slick, clear squishy gel-like substance that can be used in a wide variety of purposes, including burn aid, cosmetics, food, vitamins, and so on. For air purification, aloe vera is a good choice because it is easy to grow and take care of and highly adaptable to an indoor environment. Aloe vera is pleasant to look at, has no discernible smell (unless cut open), and has an extremely high utility.
For the more practiced gardener, gardenia serves as both delicately beautiful and high-utility plant. In a pilot study published in the medical journal Phytomedicine in 2010, found that the “pharmacologically active carotenoid compound” crocetin was more likely than the placebo group to facilitate restful sleep. However, Gardenia is an extremely finicky plant that requires sunlight and specialized care. Not the best plant for a beginner in their care, but definitely an excellent choice for air purity quality.
When infused into a tea, valerian has been known to ease its user to sleep. As a whole plant, valerian continues to exude a sense of restful sleep and is ideal as an indoor air purifier. Valerian is a perennial flower that blooms small clusters of white or pinkish flowers throughout the summer. It is a visually appealing flower with a light, sweet scent and useful in promoting sleep. It can be used as a whole plant, dried flower buds for a potpourri or bath soak, or as a hot or cold tea to promote restful sleep and reduce snoring.
Known for their tall, slim, vertical leaves, snake plants are highly effective air purifiers. Similar to aloe vera, snake plants are extremely easy to care for, as they require little light and water. Snake plants are particularly adept at converting its intake of carbon dioxide into the oxygen-rich air. The plant is of the foliage variety and involves several tall leaves that are generally a green base with yellowish stripes that run in a rough pattern over the green.
These plants sport multiple, hanging bulbs that resemble “spiders” thanks to the many leaves springing out. Spider plants are easy to care for and come with a bit of a perk: each “spider” bulb can be carefully trimmed from the main plant to and used to create a new plant with barely any effort. So, it is kind of like buying one plant and getting seven free (and seven from the seven, and so on). This plant has dual purposes when it comes to air quality: purification and odor absorbent.
Most plants will do well in a home to provide both a visual and healthy atmosphere, but there are some that were practically designed for this purpose. Listed above are just a few options of some of the most highly regarded air purification and sleep aid plants.
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