Probably one of the most well-known plants for its air cleaning properties that can filter out common airborne toxins, placing an elegant peace lily next to the bed can boost humidity levels which help reduce allergies. Perfect for relieving dry noses and scratchy throats.
A natural sleep aid, lavender has been used for aromatherapy for hundreds of years and you only have to breathe in the aromas of this pretty purple flowered plant to experience its instant calming effect. As lovely as the scent is, be sure to get a plant the right size for you. Too small and you might not get all the benefits, but too big the scent can be overpowering.
With its exotic fragrance and delicate white flowers, jasmine is a joy any time of the day but according to the latest research, it could also send you off to sleep. A psychologist at Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia, USA found that those exposed to the scent of jasmine had a better quality of sleep than those who weren’t exposed to the flower. Again, as long as the plant isn’t too big, overpowering the atmosphere in the room.
Trailing ivy is well known for its air purifying properties and a study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology found English Ivy removed 94% of airborne faeces and 78% of airborne mould within 12 hours.
Sanseveria a.k.a Snake’s Tongue/Mother-in-Laws Tongue
It is perfect for the bedroom with low maintenance and cost. What is great about this plant is that it emits oxygen at night whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing out.
All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep. The snake plant also removes some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.
Another succulent here. Along with providing brilliant benefits for the skin and health, aloe was named by NASA as one of the top air-purifying plants. The fleshy aloe vera leaves emit oxygen during the night and contain various powerful antioxidant compounds.
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