Houseplants and indoor flowers are attractive home decor that can breathe new life into your space (pardon the pun). Oxygen-expelling plants are your best friends. Here is a list of houseplants that serve two purposes: They’re eye candy and good for your lungs.
Spider plant. Fear not, arachnophobes: These plants don’t attract you-know-whats. However, they are known to curb carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene. Oh, and if your thumbs are anything but green: Don’t worry. These resilient plants are difficult to kill.
Chinese evergreen. Another low-maintenance plant, this species battles air pollutants and removes toxins. “Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries,” says a Mother Nature Network article.
Azalea. This shrub helps fight formaldehyde that can accumulate from foam insulation and plywood. “Because azaleas do best in cool areas around 60 to 65 degrees, they’re a good option for improving indoor air in your basement if you can find a bright spot,” Mother Nature Network advises.
Heart leaf philodendron. If you’ve got pets or kids — or are an adult with a penchant for snacking on houseplants — this climbing vine should be avoided because it’s toxic when eaten. But it’s a great plant for protecting your precious oxygen from volatile organic compounds.
For a list (and pics) of 15 houseplants that improve air quality, check out this informative slideshow from Mother Nature Network. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention that our candles are free of harmful pollutants. You can rest easier knowing that they’re safe for your family and pets. The combination of high-quality soy wax and 100% cotton wicks decrease the emissions of smoke creating a long-lasting and clean burn.