The Top 7 Bedroom Plants for an Appealing and Healthier Space
By Dr Soma Patnaik, 9 May 2022
According to Feng Shui and Vastu bedroom is the most essential room while constructing a house. An individual spends around one-third of his/her life in sleep and our body/ mind rejuvenates while we sleep. Therefore, it is recommended by the experts to keep the bedroom to be free from negative vibes, disturbing elements and harmful chemicals/ pathogens. Sleeping/ relaxing are considered to be low energy processes, so the bedroom needs to be located in the most silent corner with plenty of natural light and fresh air.
With the growing constraint of spaces in big cities and high raised buildings, the privilege of selecting the corner may not be possible every time. As said every problem comes with a solution and an amazing remedy to this problem is indoor plants. As recent studies conducted propound that plants are great healers and rejuvenators. Plants help to control stress/ anxiety levels and boost the creativity quotient in humans. So, let’s know about some beautiful plants those help to have an attractive and serene bedroom space.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum species)
These gorgeous plants are extremely easygoing. These plants are tolerant to moderate and low light conditions, but during the blooming season, this plant prefers bright light. This plant doesn’t like too much water and it is advisable to water the plant only after the soil is nearly dry. The plant can be propagated from the small germinated rhizome shoots/ baby plant saplings. According to studies conducted by NASA, this beautiful tropical plant is an excellent air purifier and absorbs and neutralises toxic gases like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene and xylene. The purifies about 60% of pollutants in the air making it healthier, and breathable by adding moisture to it. which makes it a great addition to the list of bedroom plants.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Sansevieria tops the list when it comes to the tough indoor plants which can survive in intolerable conditions. It can be neglected and can stay without water for a long time. The snake plant has a long versatile houseplant with sword-like foliage. As per NASA, it’s an ideal bedroom plant due to its unique nature of converting carbon dioxide to oxygen at night. Studies show that the Snake plant can remove toxins and harmful gases like toluene, xylene, formaldehyde, and nitrogen oxides. This plant help to give your space a classy look and a healthy space. It can be placed in the bright indirectly lit corner with less water. Give it a stable corner with the right conditions, it can survive and add beauty to your space for decades.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
This bushy vine with heart-shaped leaves is considered to be one of the best indoor plants for purifying the air and removing toxins from the atmosphere. According to NASA, the pothos plant is efficient in removing toxins like formaldehyde, toluene and benzene. It helps in increasing the oxygen level both day and night. It prefers moderate to bright light and minimal water for survival. It can either be placed as a tabletop plant or can be trailed/ designed around in spaces as per choice and needs in hanging pots and planters. These plants have a unique ability to survive in water and can be propagated very easily from the trailing roots developing from the vines. Scientists are still working and creating genetically modified variants that can work as toxin sponges and can soak about 90% of toxins from the atmosphere.
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)
The most commonly found aloe vera plant is also an excellent succulent air-purifying plant that removes various harmful pollutants. The plant takes in carbon dioxide and gives back abundant oxygen. It also emits oxygen during the night. Aloe vera is known to eliminate volatile organic compounds from the air. It doesn’t just act as a filter but you can monitor the presence of high toxins by the changes happening in the plant. The Aloe vera plant is believed to give a good night’s sleep along with purifying the air.
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Rubber plants make excellent house plants. These are low-light tolerant and help in cleaning pollutants from the air and also fight parasites/ diseases. This plant’s air purifying properties makes it a great bedroom plant too. When placed in the bedroom this plant helps in removing toxins from the air. It also helps in fighting against diseases and parasites that cause allergies. It is also known to absorb harmful and toxic gases like formaldehyde from the atmosphere and purify the air. Just with some minimal care, we can add both health as well as aesthetics to our space. The broad leaves should be kept clean from all dust to help it clean the pollutants from the space.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plant or the air plant is a wonderful houseplant that grows fast in hanging plants and pots. It has more than 200 species and can be placed in places with high pollution like offices/ factories as it helps in creating pollutants and toxins in the air. It has been named the champion air cleanser by NASA. Studies also prove that the spider plant has the ability to heal patients who have undergone surgery as it speeds up post-surgery recovery. It is efficient to remove the cancer-causing elements from the air. The spider plant is advisable to be kept in the bedroom in order to remove toxins and improve sleep quality. The spider plant is easy to propagate and grow. It is a hassle-free plant and can survive harsh climatic conditions and can produce star-like white blossoms.
Areca palms (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
This plant native to Madagascar is a great indoor plant that gives a wonderful green coverage to the spaces either indoor or outdoor. Its beautiful green arching leaves add grace to the space. It acts as a natural cooler and absorbs toxins like xylene and toluene from the atmosphere. This plant loves bright light but not direct light as its leaves turn yellow when exposed. The Areca palm is helpful in improving the humidity in the air and emitting more oxygen during the night and decreasing carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere.