Benefits of Indoor Plants Indoor landscaping not only greatly enhances a room, but also contributes to a healthier living environment. Plants reduce carbon dioxide levels, airborne dust levels, and levels of certain air pollutants such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide. Research has proven that plants bring a host of physical and mental health benefits. Prevent Illness - Indoor plants increase humidity and reduce dust levels in the home, and studies have shown that this helps prevent cold-related illnesses. Make You Happy - Research has shown that having plants in your home will increase self-esteem, improve your mood, and reduce stress and anxiety. Prevent Headaches - Plants increase oxygen levels and decrease carbon dioxide levels, so you are less likely to breathe in musty stale air, which is a contributor to headaches. Reduce Drowsiness - Plants remove excess carbon dioxide that can elevate drowsiness levels. Help You Sleep - Some plants such as Gerbera Daisies release oxygen at night, so placing this plant by your bed will help optimise your sleep. Naturally Humidify - As a natural humidifier, plants increase the moisture levels in your home, which helps combat dry skin conditions. English Ivy is ideal for increasing moisture in a dry environment. Prevent Allergies - Exposing children to an environment with plants in it can help prevent them forming allergies. Choosing Your Houseplants Aloe Vera - This is an easy to grow and low maintenance succulent cactus. It helps clear benzene from the air, which is a by-product of chemical based cleaners, detergents, paint and glue. Not only does this plant have air cleaning properties, but the gel inside can also be applied directly to skin to help heal cuts, burns and other skin conditions. Spider Plant - This is another low maintenance plant that is hard to kill, making it ideal for people who tend to neglect their houseplants. It also helps remove air pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. It is considered a safe houseplant if you have a pet in your home. Gerbera Daisy - A colourful flowering plant that is an effective remover of trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with dry cleaning. It is ideal for your laundry room or bedroom. It increases oxygen in the room, which will help improve your sleep. Chrysanthemum - A flowering plant that is ideal for brightening up your home; the blooms also help filter out benzenes. English Ivy - This plant is ideal for bathrooms as it has been proven to reduce airborne faecal matter and to filter out formaldehyde, which is commonly found in household cleaning and personal hygiene products. Snake Plant - This plant is also ideal for the bathroom as it thrives on low light and steamy, humid conditions. It is one of the best choices for filtering the air and removing formaldehyde. Caring for Your Houseplants A key factor in successful indoor landscaping is choosing the ideal location for each plant in your home. Consider the conditions it requires to thrive, e.g. direct sunlight or shade, humid or dry air. It is also worthwhile to consider the benefits it provides when choosing a location, e.g. English Ivy is most advantageous in bathrooms. Each plant has different watering requirements, so make sure you understand how often each of your plants needs to be watered. Plants in larger pots generally need less watering than plants in smaller pots, which can dry out every couple of days. When possible avoid using tap water to water your houseplants. Rainwater or the water leftover after boiling or steaming vegetables will provide more benefits to your plants. Hard or softened water will damage houseplants over time. Occasionally wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to ensure the plant can properly absorb toxins from the air. Indoor plants need regular feeding with a suitable plant food to maintain healthy growth. Removing dead flower heads and leaves will help keep your plant healthy and encourage new and healthy regrowth.