Eight houseplants which could help boost your health

Houseplants are not just decorative – they can be good for your health and well-being.

Here are eight of the best.

St John’s WortHerbaceous perennial, Thought to contain chemicals that act on messengers in the nervous system that regulate mood.Could relieve anxiety, manager moods, relieves symptoms of depression, soothes skin irritations.

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English IvyAn evergreen climber that works well indoors and out.Purifies airborne mould particles that trigger allergies. It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and antioxidant properties.Could relax airways, loosen mucus, ease asthma, treat skin wounds and improve air quality.

MarigoldFast-growing perennial. Strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties.Could speed healing of wounds, reduce inflammation caused by eczema and dermatitis and heal nappy rash.

Aloe VeraContains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.Could help heal burns, treat eczema and psoriasis, reduce dental plaque, ease mouth ulcers, treat acne.

Peace LilyThe tropical plant removes harmful toxins such as ammonia from the air.Could help better breathing, increase humidity which relieves irritated throats.

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Snake PlantRemoves formaldehyde, trichlorethylene and benzene from the air.Could improve breathing for a better night’s sleep and improve air quality.

DandelionThis yellow weed has long been used in herbal medicine. They contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps protect against cell damage.Could help lower cholesterol, aid digestion, boost immune system and help liver health.

RosemaryIt is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds,Could help concentration, enhance memory and improve blood circulation.

The research and image were supplied by Evergreen Garden Care

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