Breathe Easy: Bring Life to Your Home with House Plants

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When staging a home to be listed for sale, we often advise clients to add some houseplants to help bring life to a room.  But don’t wait until you’re ready to sell. 

Having houseplants around your home can benefit your health, according to numerous studies.  In general, plants are air purifiers, creating oxygen and lowering carbon dioxide. They aid in the removal of toxins from the air, such as mold, formaldehyde, benzene, radiation and carbon monoxide, thus helping to alleviate headaches, drowsiness, insomnia, and other ailments.  As natural humidifiers, they can also help with dry skin and decrease dust in your home, thus preventing some allergies.  In addition to breathing cleaner air, caring for your plants can be therapeutic and relieve stress.

To get you started, here’s a short list of houseplants reported to improve your air quality:

  • Eucalyptus
  • African violets
  • English ivy
  • Marble ivy
  • Peace lily
  • Baby rubber plant
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Golden pothos
  • Palm plant
  • Aloe vera**
  • Heartleaf philodendron
  • Schefflera
  • Ficus tree

**In addition to cleaning the air, the aloe vera plant is very effective in soothing burns, healing wounds and treating acne, when its gel is applied topically. 

One of our favorite plant shops is Lawrence and Clarke Cacti Co. in Old Hickory. Stop by and tell them we sent you! And for a little extra inspiration, check out Stephanie’s plant board on Pinterest.

A word of warning: many houseplants are toxic if ingested, so be sure to research your specific plant if you have young children or pets in your home.

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