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Best Plants To Rejuvenate Your Space
Best Plants To Rejuvenate Your Space by Swell Made Co. Photo by Leonardo Iheme.

Best Plants To Rejuvenate Your Space by Swell Made Co. Photo by Leonardo Iheme.

Rejuvenate Your Space with Plants

Plants don’t just elevate the look of your space, they create a calm space to take refuge and be rejuvenated. Bringing the outdoors in can help satisfy your desire and need to be closer to nature all year round. Better yet! There is scientific proof plants extend their peaceful power to us in more ways than one. They beautify a home while simultaneously cleaning its air by removing toxins and creating calm.

Having plants in your space has even been shown to increase creativity and productivity. Altogether, plants ultimately play a significant role in reducing stress. Giving your plants the TLC they need to thrive can be very rewarding once you get the hang of it. We’ll explore five plants that are easy to care for and will soften your spaces while giving them a green boost that promotes a healthy body and mind.

Aloe vera. Photo by Jessica Lewis.

Aloe vera. Photo by Jessica Lewis.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a popular houseplant that has won home gardeners over for its hardiness and tolerance for low watering (good news, black thumbs!). Considered a succulent, it’s well known that aloe vera produces a gel-like substance that can be used to naturally soothe skin, particularly for cuts and burns. That’s not all this powerful plant can do, though. It also purifies the air in your space by removing common pollutants. A double dose for the health of your home, this “wonder plant” has been used therapeutically since ancient times.

Peace lily. Photo by Mitch Lensink.

Peace lily. Photo by Mitch Lensink.

The Peace Lily

The peace lily (spathiphyllum) not only looks beautiful with its dark leaves and white flowers, but it’s relatively low maintenance. It is very tolerant to low watering just like aloe vera mentioned above. Like other plants in this post, peace lilies literally extend their peace to you by will reducing common toxins in the atmosphere of your home. If you’re a green thumb, peace lilies are also great for propagating and making new plant pals.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm is a popular choice for a houseplant with its versatility and tropical vibe. It’s easy to grow and care for and like other plants in this post, and is known to help reduce atmospheric toxicity through natural respiration. There are multiple kinds of bamboo, but the bamboo palm (chamaedorea) is rated by NASA’s Clean Air Study as one of the most purifying plants for your space. Tolerant to low light, just place near a window and water occasionally to maintain well-drained soil and your bamboo palm will thrive.

Snake plant. Photo Kara Eads.

Snake plant. Photo Kara Eads.

The Snake Plant

Snake plants (sansevieria) are incredibly low maintenance making them a popular choice as plant pals. A little light and a little water go a long way. With its elongated and bold leaves, this plant is the perfect space-saving indoor plant. Also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, this is one MIL you’ll be happy to have around. Even in your bedroom! Why? Carbon dioxide is absorbed during the day and oxygen is released at night. Snake plants are one of the few plants that do this. Other plants typically release oxygen during the day. Putting a snake plant in your bedroom will help you sleep easy as it helps cleans the air for healthy respiration.

Stretching vines by Kyle Glenn.

Stretching vines by Kyle Glenn.

Hanging or Trailing Vines

Hoya, ivy, and other vine plants that can be naturally trained to hang or trail can be grouped and styled to have a big impact in your home — visually and for maximum health benefits as the vines quietly and humbly recycle air. Hang vines from a bookshelf or baskets. Train them to climb walls or grow around fixtures such as mirrors. This not so creepy style of plant communicates growth and calm to anyone entering your space. Examples of common vines are spider plants, pothos and philodendron. All are easy to care for and easy to propagate too.

Inviting Plants into Your Space

Inviting a variety of plants into your home will help rejuvenate you and your space. Naturally, these plants will reduce common toxins in your home as they “breathe” in carbon dioxide and exhale pure oxygen. Plus, studies have shown the simple presence of plants can help people feel more at ease.

Two to three medium-sized plants for every 100 sq. ft. will help clean the air and rejuvenate your space. Especially if you add the powerhouse plants mentioned above. Adding even more plants will help your home get healthy is less time. You’ll notice a difference in just one week. When buying plants think about where you spend the most time (and the growing conditions of those rooms), such as a home office, where you watch TV or read, or bedrooms where you sleep. Add plants to these spaces and watch little miracles happen!

The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home
The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co. Photo by Chantelle Watt Photography.

The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co. Photo by Chantelle Watt Photography.

Plants make people happy and do us good. It's true! Actually, it's scientifically proven. If you're an urban dweller like me, plants are a simple way to connect with nature on a daily basis. Houseplants bring beauty into our homes by elevating spaces, but they also help us feel creative and rejuvenated. Best of all, common indoor plants are capable of cleansing the air in your home.

NASA's Clean Air Study suggests that plants are capable of naturally removing common toxins such as formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia and benzene (found in paints, glue and other household items). While it might seem like magic, the higher oxygen levels naturally provided by plants have been proven to improve health and well-being. So, which plants are best for cleansing the air in your home? While, any plant will do, here are some of my favourites that are easy to love and care for if you're not a green thumb. If you're a plant killer, perhaps you should check out our Plant Lover collection. 

The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co.

The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co.

The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home:

  1. Snake Plant

  2. Boston Fern

  3. Dracaenas

  4. Bamboo or Lady Palm

  5. Philodendron

There are many more air cleansing plants out there. Just ask when visiting your local plant shop or florist, these are great to get started and can be found commonly. Keep reading below to learn more about each variety.

Snake Plant - The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co. Photo by Chantelle Watt Photography.

Snake Plant - The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co. Photo by Chantelle Watt Photography.

1 - Snake Plant

The snake plant (sansevieria) has incredible air-cleansing qualities removing four of the five most commonly found household toxins. The snake plant (also called mother-in-law's tongue) is super low maintenance. It requires low to moderate light and low water making it a breeze to care for. Ridiculously easy.

2 - Boston Fern

Hang this dramatic fern (nephrolepis exaltata) in bright light and it will happily help cleanse the air in your home. Large and leafy this beautiful fern does require quite a bit of moisture even though it's considered easy-going. From this list, this plant requires the most care. Just give it regular mists and you'll both be happy!

3 - Dracaenas

There are 40 different kinds of dracaenas plants, so they're easy to come by. Red-edged and cornstalk are well known vareties. Another power houseplant, it removes four of the five most common toxins found in the home. Place it in a spot with bright to indirect light and water moderately. Keeping the soil moist, but not soggy is key to caring for this plant. 

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (#plantgoals). The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co. Photo by Lauren Mancke.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant (#plantgoals). The Best Air Cleansing Plants for Home. By Swell Made Co. Photo by Lauren Mancke.

4 - Bamboo + Lady Palms

Bring the Bamboo or Lady Palm into your home for a bohemian or tropical vibes and some serious air cleansing plant power. With a penchant for formaldehydes, benzene and carbon monoxide, these plants are more than just pretty. Plus, they are natural humidifiers as well. Easy to care for bamboo or lady palms require bright to indirect light and moderate watering. They can grow quite large given the space (larger pot) to grow.

5 - Philodendron

A common variety of the philodendron plant is the sweetheart plant with its adorable heart-shaped leaves. There certainly is much to love when it comes to this plant, with it's cleansing abilities and it's super low-maintenance nature. It can trail and creep around your spaces, which makes it even more endearing. Like most of the plants listed here, it requires bright to indirect light and moderate water.

All of the plants mentioned above thrive best with well-draining soil, so the roots don't drown/rot. Happy houseplant hunting and loving!


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