10629560 - nutritionThere are many indoor plants that make your home attractive and add to good health. Plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen through photosynthesis and transpiration. Some absorb pollutants in the air including common volatile organic compounds such as benzines or formaldehyde.

Plants for a Healthy Home

NASA formulated a list of helpful indoor plants to absorb pollutants in space ships. These plants look good in your home and help to keep the air fresh. The plants are tropical in origin but they can be grown anywhere with proper care. Some plants even help to absorb kitchen odors. Others are edible and make for a healthy way to lose weight.

Here are a few easy care plants for your home:

  • Sansevieria or mother-in-law’s tongue
  • Spider plant
  • Aloe Vera
  • Ficus Benjamina
  • Boston Fern
  • Dracaenas

Sansevieria is a bromeliad that only needs watering every three or four days. It likes dry potting soil and partial sunlight.

Spider plants need indirect light and water when dry. This pretty plant puts out shoots with little flowers and spider plants at the end. It is an attractive hanging plant.

Aloe Vera is a cactus variety that also likes dry soil. Its thick leaves contain a fluid with medicinal properties used for burns and other skin conditions.

Ficus or Weeping Fig can grow up to 10 feet. This indoor tree should be planted in a larger pot and watered when dry. It needs indirect sunlight.

Boston ferns like a damper environment such as the kitchen or bathroom. They need daily watering. This is a popular hanging plant.

You will find at least 40 different varieties of Dracaena. This is a potted plant that resembles a tiny palm tree and it needs partial sun.

Edible Plants and Herbs

You can grow small tomatoes, chili peppers and herbs in your kitchen or near a window. These plants need sunlight, organic potting soil and water.

Herbs include:

  • Mint varieties
  • Parsley or cilantro
  • Sweet basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Micro greens including kale and Swiss chard
  • Garlic greens
  • Dwarf lemons and mandarin oranges

These fragrant herbs grow in small pots from seeds and cuttings purchased from a nursery. They look good on a kitchen bay window or on a shelf near sunlight. Herbs can be eaten fresh or dried and stored.

Various varieties of small chili peppers and cherry tomatoes will grow in sunlight indoors on a shelf or windowsill. This includes sweet peppers and spicy hot jalapenos. You can dry the peppers for future use. Spicy peppers boost the metabolism.

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