Having house plants can do more than beautify your home – they can be healthy for you, too. All green plants emit oxygen, making plants our natural partners. Plants are natural humidifiers, and studies have shown plants to reduce dry skin and sore throats due to dry air.
According to NASA, plants also absorb toxins that you probably didn’t know you were exposed to, such as as formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, and shopping bags) and trichloroethylene (present in man-made fibers, inks, solvents, and paints); modern climate controlled buildings trap these toxins inside, so houseplants can especially improve air quality in such homes. Once the plants absorb the toxins, the toxins go into the soil where they are eaten by microbes – that way, your houseplant emits clean, fresh oxygen.
Some more specific plants are especially good in homes. For example, aloe can be used to treat minor burns, and doesn’t need much direct sunlight or watering. Lavender is known to induce sleep and reduce anxiety, while jasmine has been shown to improve the quality of sleep and increase alertness and productivity.