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Brighten Your Mood with These 5 Indoor Plants

January 16, 2014

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January can be tough to get through—the holidays are over, it’s cold and windy, and spring seems so far away. Not to mention the fact that the trees are bare and the sky seems to be cloudy every day. No wonder many consider it to be the most depressing month of the year!

If you’re feeling down, why not give your green thumb a workout and add some indoor plants to your home or office? Not only do they add a splash of green in an otherwise gray environment, houseplants have huge health benefits like cleaning toxins out of the air and adding humidity into dry environments. Just make sure to check in with those that will be in close proximity to ensure that the plant won’t trigger any allergies.

Aloe: Aloe is an easy-to-grow plant and is perfect for a space near a sunny window. While the plant’s gel has numerous healing effects, it can also help to clear the air of toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene.

Spider Plant: A popular indoor plant, this one can grow in a pot, or hanging by a window, and is extremely easy to take care of. Simply water when its soil is dry to the touch, and it will continue to filter benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and other toxins out of your space.

Jade Plant: The jade plant is a succulent (it’s in the same family as the aloe plant) and is very easy to take care of—sparingly watered, the plant could live for 20 years or more! When kept in bright sunlight, the leaves can sometimes acquire a beautiful red tinge around the edges.

Peace Lily: This is yet another air-purifying plant, which absorbs benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and other potentially dangerous chemicals. The peace lily has delicate white blooms and can be kept in both low and bright light environments, making it perfect to brighten up dark spaces.

English Ivy: A familiar species of plant, English ivy is a climber, and thrives in low-light environments. Place in your cubicle to add a splash of color and clear the air of carbon monoxide as well as harsh chemicals like formaldehyde. Beware, though, the plant is considered invasive and can actually grow into many building materials like wood, brick, and mortar if not pruned or cut back!

How do you incorporate plants in your indoor spaces?