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The surprising health benefits of everyday houseplants.

It’s easy being green — and healthy, too. Everyday plants in your home — yes, the kind in pots on your windowsill or desk — can result in physical and mental benefits, studies say. The purported boons of specific species are laid out in a new book, “Houseplants for a Healthy Home: 50 Plants to...
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US Living News: The surprising health benefits of everyday houseplants. NY Post 24 - US News

Everyday plants in your home — yes, the kind in pots on your windowsill or desk — can result in physical and mental benefits, studies say.

Jon VanZile

The purported boons of specific species are laid out in a new book, “Houseplants for a Healthy Home: 50 Plants to Help You Breathe Better, Sleep Better and Feel Better All Year Round” (Adams Media; $14.39).

In it, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based writer and wellness expert Jon VanZile compiles fast facts on the exact advantages, from heart disease prevention to asthma relief, attributed to each type of flora and its associated lotions and tonics.

An important disclaimer: some researchers have challenged plant evangelists, saying that positive results gleaned in carefully controlled lab-conducted studies may not translate to real life.

Still, there are no downsides to filling your home with foliage.

Here are six types to try.

Crocus Sativus Houseplants for a Healthy Home

The spice saffron is derived from filaments in this plant’s purple blossoms. It allegedly stores antioxidants that can fight heart disease, cancer, asthma and PMS. Famously expensive saffron has been linked to balanced levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for our happiness. The crocus sativus plant blooms between fall and spring.

Jasmine Houseplants for a Healthy Home

An aromatic favorite for perfumes, jasmine has white, sweet-smelling flowers that are also an aphrodisiac. Though the plant is native to the tropics, it can be grown anywhere with weekly watering and indirect sunlight. Made into teas, oils, and lotions, jasmine can also fight anxiety and depression as well as aches and pains.

Goethe Plant Houseplants for a Healthy Home

Named for the German writer and statesman who so adored it, the Goethe plant can supposedly battle gastric ulcers, kidney stones and anxiety. The succulent can also be a sleep aid via drinking an extract of its juices. Warning: Animals who consume its leaves are likely to fall ill.

Dendrobium Nobile Houseplants for a Healthy Home

This type of orchid can be made into tea that some believe stimulates the metabolism, burning calories at a higher rate. Made from boiled stems, the tea has been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries; the orchid has recently been adopted by bodybuilders as a pre-workout supplement. In addition to a trimmer waist, proponents of dendrobium believe it promotes brain and immune system health.

Aloe Vera Houseplants for a Healthy Home

Best known as the cure-all for sunburn, the gel in aloe vera’s spiky leaves can also help fight cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The perennial is also linked with healthy skin, hair and oral hygiene. Plant pros recommend mixing the aloe gel with a citrus juice to create a healing tonic. All aloe needs is periodic watering and some direct sunlight. Sometimes served in juice form, aloe can help detoxify the lungs, liver and kidneys.

Holy Basil Houseplants for a Healthy Home

Most know basil as the green garnish on a mozarella-and-tomato salad or the basis of garlicky pesto. But the ubiquitous leaf could have effects similar to Zoloft. Herbalists have long sworn that using a related herb — holy basil, or tulsi — can alleviate anxiety, depression, ADHD and stress when powdered and taken twice daily. The plant, found in the produce section of many grocery stores, can also be steeped for tea or eaten whole.

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