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6 House Plants That Can Dramatically Improve Your Health

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As the seasons change and winter rolls in, we spend significantly less time outdoors, which means we’re significantly more likely to experience poor air quality. Although we may not realize it as we go about our daily lives, indoor toxins can have a drastic impact on our health, potentially leading to Asthma, allergies, inflammation and even cancer. Thankfully, there are natural ways to bring the benefits of the outdoors inside, in a cost effective way. Try these amazing house plants for improved indoor health.

1. Jasmine: Helps Promote Sleep Quality

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Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family that is commonly found outdoors, but can live indoors as well. It emits scents that have shown to make for better sleep, as well as increase your levels of alertness.

2. Lavender: Reduce Anxiety and Stress

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Lavender is a genus of 39 known species of flowering plants in the mint family and a commonly used essential oil. It not only smells wonderful, but can also reduce anxiety and stress, slow heart rate, improve your sleep and calm restless babies.

3. Rosemary: Improve Your Memory

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Rosemary is also a member of the mint family. A perennial herb, native to the mediterranean region. It has been proven to be effective at increasing your memory as well as the overall air quality in the room.

4. Aloe Vera: Improve Overall Air Quality

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Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species that has been commonly used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century AD. NASA utilizes these plants for their superior ability to increase the overall quality of air with fresh oxygen.

5. English Ivy Plant: Reduce Mold Count

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English Ivy is a species of flowering plant native to Europe and Western Asia. This plant has been proven to reduce airborne mold by 94 percent, which can have a significant benefit for those who suffer from allergies or lung irritation.

6. Snake Plant: Prevent Headaches

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Snake Plant is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae native to West Africa. It’s been proven to be extremely effective with treating headaches, eye irritation and respiratory problems. It can also help to increase your overall energy levels.

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