Houseplants are having a moment. They are a rapidly growing market, with increasing demand for more colorful, and hardier varieties growing all the time. In addition to being trendy and beautiful pieces of home decor, houseplants can also improve your health and well-being. Studies have found that houseplants help purify the air in your home, removing harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and ammonia. Tending houseplants can also reduce stress.
While some houseplants are toxic to pets or children, some popular varieties like the herbs lavender and rosemary and the cat-friendly cat grass and catnip are edible and beneficial to your family and fur-family!
Aloe vera is easily one of the most useful plants you can keep in your home. In addition to the air purifying and oxygenating properties it shares with other plants, it also functions as a living first-aid station! Aloe is one of the more potent medicinal plants you can grow in your home.
The gel inside of aloe vera leaves that allow it to retain water in harsh desert climates is a fantastic first aid remedy for minor burns, especially sunburns. Simply clip off a small portion of the end of a leaf, peel back the outer layer, and slather on the cooling, healing balm.