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Houseplants have been around for many ages. Historically grown for consumption and medicinals, plants have also branched out into everyday adornments. As creatures of the indoors and out, considering what we place in our spaces as decoration is important. Houseplants are a great dual duty décor, providing functionality and aesthetics. This old staple is pretty, and pretty good for you, too.

They have long been known for their use as natural air filters. Research has shown that common houseplants do help purify indoor air. A 2009 study of three common houseplants, the snake (Sansevieria trifasciata) and spider (Chlorophytum comosum) plants, as well as the golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum), found that they all lessened ozone effects in indoor simulations (HortTechnology). Further, houseplants can significantly decrease the amounts of dust and spore particles that are found in enclosed places. Having just a few plants can help benefit the breathing space in a 100-150 square foot area (JournalTimes).

Along with aiding in air decontamination, houseplants are also known to positively affect mood.  So if you want to lighten up your air quality and your outlook, consider adding a few indoor accessories of the botanical kind. When purchasing houseplants it is important to make sure they are a natively grown species found in your area. Also, choose organic fertilizers and nutrients for plant food. Additionally, consider children, pets or allergic issues when selecting interior plants.

Take a look at the usefulness element of having an indoor plant, too. Contemplate your hobbies, cooking essentials or family needs when picking a specific type. For instance, would your pantry benefit from homegrown parsley or mint, or do you have little ones who produce lots of little scrapes that would find an aloe vera leaf both neat and soothing? Do some research beforehand to make sure you know how to properly care for specific varieties and what maintenance entails so you don’t have any surprise issues.

Though you many not consider simply having houseplants as being at the forefront of air quality advancement, going back to what nature provides is often where the true innovation is.

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