While most indoor and garden plants are planted to beautify a room, there are many varieties that serve more purpose than just decor. From helping fend off nasty insects to cleaning up the air, here are a handful of plants that have added benefits that you can pot and place in your home.
Rubber plant in a pot
1. Rubber plant
We often see these in our mother’s home and it’s not because they’re pretty. These plants, which can be potted outside or placed indoors, is one of the best humidifiers of its kind. The rubber plant requires less sunlight and removes chemical toxins, most especially formaldehyde in the air. However, if you have children or pets, you may want to replace this with other “humidifier” plants such as dracaena, bamboo, the areca palm or English ivy, as the leaves of the rubber plants are toxic if eaten.
2. Aloe Vera
This succulent is perfect for indoors and requires just a little sunlight and shade to bloom. However, you must make sure that its soil moisture levels are maintained as this type of plant (like many other succulents) need water. As many of you know, aloe vera has great medicinal properties. Treat your minor burns, insect bites and stings by slicing open one leaf of the plant and applying the thick gel that oozes out on to the area.
In a tropical country such as ours, which experiences typhoons and rains quite often, the stagnant water collected after
such storms become a health risk. This is because mosquitoes thrive in such conditions and thus they become quite rampant during certain months. Bring down the risk of being infected with dengue by growing citronella, which is a natural insect repellent. Crush the leaves and directly rub the oils onto your skin for the most effective means. You can also infuse the leaves and oils in a solution of oil and alcohol, which too should be applied onto the skin.
We have been advised many times to grow our own vegetables at home. But the bigger root crops like sweet potatoes, tomatoes and the like take time and tending. But for beginners, why not grow your own kitchen herbs? They’re easy to maintain and can be conveniently stowed in little containers. And since they’re smaller, they grow quickly. Create more aromatic meals with fresh herbs every day.
5. Dense shrubs
Thick shrubs and broad-leaved trees like eucalyptus, the strawberry tree and evergreens help reduce the noise pollution that invades your home. According to many tests, they can block noise by a few decibels. This works well if you home is situated along a busy main road or highway. You can overlaps shrubs for a denser barrier or grow them higher with the help of supportive grills and concrete walls. Plus, these plants give a greater feeling of privacy.