Non-Toxic Houseplants | Family & Pet Friendly Plants

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Both children and pets have one thing in common – curiosity. And all pet owners know what happened to the cat when it finds curiosity…

Though this kind of trait is greatly appreciated, sometimes it can lead to actions that are not thought out, like tasting houseplants. Who can blame them, though – the green beauties are sure to pique everyone’s interest! While some houseplants are entirely harmless, others can be hazardous to humans and animals. Cats, in particular, seem to like brushing their mouths on plant leaves. Being informed about non-toxic plants is vital if you have curious children or confusing cats who want to chew on your houseplants.
Indoor plants may improve your health and well-being and add beauty to your home’s interior design. According to research, we spend more than 85% of our time inside. Adding houseplants to your home is a simple way to bring a dash of nature inside your residence. You might be wondering, “but why do I need houseplants? I’m probably just going to kill them anyway!!” (Also, they have a ton of self-watering devices these days, so don’t worry about neglect!) Here are some benefits that will answer your question.

Benefits of non-toxic plants in the house

1.) Better air quality

The first research to provide scientific backing for phytoremediation, the term for plants that remove pollutants from the air, was carried out by NASA in the 1980s.

Houseplants’ roots and soil were found to significantly lower the amount of airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which led researchers seeking to enhance the air quality in a sealed spaceship to come to this conclusion. Your next new plants could help you breathe easier, literally.

2.) Reducing signs of stress

Are you looking for ways to reduce the stress in your life? Good News: A 2015 research published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that working with houseplants significantly reduced cortisol levels, blood pressure, and heart rates, which are frequent stress indicators. Moreover, simply watching green foliage can substantially lower your stress levels. Watering or repotting your houseplants is a simple job that might help reduce breathing rates and quiet mental chatter. If you don’t have access to nature or a yard to garden in, placing a few houseplants on a sunny windowsill might help calm your nerves and encourage relaxation.

3.) Boosted productivity

According to several studies, having plants around the office boosts creativity and productivity. Who knew a non-toxic houseplant would be such a great addition?? According to a widely used 1996 research, having plants around made students at a college computer lab work 12 percent faster and felt less anxious. Researchers asked participants in a 2004 study to develop original word connections. They worked better when there was a plant in the room. Additionally, a 2007 research found that employees with more plants at their offices were more productive at work and used sick days less frequently.

4.) Plants Reduce Sound Pollution

Particularly in cities and apartment complexes, sound pollution from rumbling automobiles, chattering neighbors, and boisterous devices may be quite exhausting. Fortunately, houseplants may help block out loud noises by reflecting, absorbing, or deflecting them. Broad-leaved species like rubber plants and weeping figs are some of the best. The ambiance in your house may be kept quiet and soothing by placing a few bigger plants against an external window or wall.

5.) Houseplants promote healing and better physical health

While sending plants or flowers to friends and family recovering from an illness, loss or surgery is a great way to show you care, studies have shown that plants and other greenery can shorten recovery timeframes. Numerous studies have discovered evidence that being around plants and the natural environment can hasten recovery times and even minimize patients’ need for painkillers throughout the healing process, allowing people to recover from sickness or surgery more quickly.

House Plants to avoid

Although these benefits are amazing, not every plant grants them. So Which Common Houseplants might you not want to have in your house? Here are 4 plants that you should avoid – especially if you are pet parents:

1.) Pothos

The blooms are made up of a spathe or sheath around a core spike heavily covered with tiny florets.

Calcium oxalate crystals that resemble needles are present in all plant sections. If chewed or consumed, it results in acute discomfort or a burning sensation, as well as swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, and neck. The sap may irritate the eyes and result in contact dermatitis.

2.) Philodendron

These plants are ornamentals frequently cultivated in pots and may or may not have a climbing tendency.

All parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystals. If ingested, an individual can experience acute discomfort in addition to swelling. Excessive salivation, difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking may result from swelling. Although rare, extreme edema or an upset stomach might be fatal.

3.) Arrow head plant (Syngonium)

These species, frequently used as indoor pot plants, are also utilized as garden specimens, with the potential to grow aggressively.

The arrowhead plant, related to the philodendron, are relatively poisonous plants that can irritate the skin, upset the stomach, and even cause vomiting in people and animals.

4.) Lilies

If you consume the glory lily – also called the climbing lily, your mouth, throat, tongue, and lips will numb (eek!) Depending on how much is consumed, ingestion can cause the nervous system to become seriously paralyzed.

Now, let’s get into the plants we all want—the non-toxic plants with the greatest benefits to us and our pets.

Non Toxic Houseplants you want

1.) Spider plant

The spider plant, or Chlorophytum comosum, is regarded as one of the easiest and most versatile indoor plants to cultivate.

These resistant plants can withstand a lot of abuse, making them great choices for amateur gardeners or energetic pets that want a low maintenance option.

Spider plants also provide improved air quality. According to studies, these are very successful in purifying indoor air by absorbing pollutants like formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and carbon monoxide in homes and offices. Your next hanging basket probably wants a spider plant 🙂

2.) African violet

The violet color is just one of the many variations. They come in a variety of leaf and flower forms and pairings.

It is a good complement to a light sleep mix and can encourage peaceful sleep. The violet is moist and calming, and the leaves reduce swelling and inflammation when applied topically to the skin. It can support good lymphatic function because of its affinity to the lymphatic system. A popular houseplant to have with your furry friends.

3.) Boston Fern

This is one of the top houseplants for cleansing the air – also know by their common name True Ferms. The evergreen plant’s rich green foliage helps remove dangerous pollutants from the house and raises humidity levels by assisting in the air’s natural miniaturization. The Boston fern is thought to provide significant health advantages for people who experience dry skin, irritatingly dry noses, or throats. Bonus it’s also a pet-friendly plant!

4.) Ponytail palm

Ponytail looks like a palm, even though it is a succulent. It can withstand drought, making it a low maintenance houseplant. It doesn’t open its stomata during the day, and releases oxygen from its leaves at night. It breaks down toxic gasses, preserving the quality of the air you breathe. It’s a good choice if you like a house plant that looks like it used to be a mad scientist. Four-Legged friends approved.

5.) Parlor palm

Another non-toxic plant that doesn’t spread out vast roots is Parlor Palm. As one of NASA’s best air-purifying plants, it can eliminate air contaminants, including formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. These plants look fantastic indoors, and their size is still quite acceptable. These barely reach a maximum height of 2-2.5 feet. Be sure to place it near furnishings. With this tall majesty, your living room or study will feel much more tropical and brighter. It does want high humidity, so maybe an excellent choice for your bathroom!

6.) Wax plant, Hoya carnosa

Despite having succulent leaves, the wax plant is a beautiful plant that is good for kids and dogs.

Technically speaking, the Hoya Carnosa is not a succulent, it just resembles one. Bright light is ideal for this plant. The likelihood that it will grow the beautiful, fragrant porcelain-looking blossom that doesn’t even appear genuine increases with the brightness of the surroundings. Beautiful flowers never hurt anyone eyes!!

It has long been used as an anti-inflammatory in traditional Chinese medicine because it has calming, antioxidant, and moisturizing properties. The leaves of this plant have been used to treat burnt or injured skin, while the plant’s entire structure – to treat insect bites and skin rashes.

7.) Bird’s nest fern

One of the most popular houseplants for indoor ferns is the bird’s nest fern or Asplenium nidus. Its vivid apple-green color, rosette-like form, and characteristic crinkly fronds give any space a luxuriant appearance. Research demonstrates that bird’s nest ferns can filter the air and remove containments. According to a 2015 research, bird’s nest ferns can lower CO2 levels from 2000 parts per million (ppm) to 800 ppm, which is much safer. This non-toxic plant can also improve relative humidity and reduce temperatures. They are a great option because they love indirect light, so they’ll survive in quite a few places!

8.) The Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides)

The Chinese Money plant prefers indirect sunlight to direct sunshine, but both are welcome. Its leaves burn in the sun. However, mild shade may foster the growth of more giant leaves. The money tree is also a low-maintenance houseplant! Cha-Ching. The benefits it offers include air filtration, simple multiplication, and symbolism. It is believed that putting a dime in the plant’s soil can improve the household’s financial fortunes! Or maybe that means it gives people motivation for hard work!

Where to get your next NonToxic Houseplant

There are plenty of ways to acquire your next nontoxic houseplant! First, start with family and friends. See if they have clippings they can give to you. You can also check out your local Facebook buy nothing new group to see if anyone has extra plants they’d like to get rid of. Those two are a great choice to help get more plants into your house and save some cash!

Online you can find a few vendors for indoor and outdoor plants. But I prefer buying locally. You save the hassle of waiting, and you know they’ve had proper care before coming to your house.

Take care of your plants.

Each plant is different! For ease of care, create an occasion in your calendar to help you remember how much water the plant needs. Under the right conditions, each of your plants will flourish. Google is your friend so you can find the right way to take care of your plant.

If your plant starts to look wilty, yellow, crumbly leaves, do a quick google search and see if it means it wants less or more water. More or less sun. Needs a bigger or smaller pot. The leaves will tell you almost everything you need to know!

Buying non-toxic plants have a valuable role and can improve our lives and be a cheap way to spruce up our surroundings. Each room wants to have different plants for their air quality help and their beauty! Plus, who doesn’t want to be more creative 🙂 As I explained above, their simple presence enhances focus and productivity, lowers stress levels, and uplifts your mood.

House plants can remove contaminants from the air while also releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, making them effective air purifiers. With that in mind, do I need to list more reasons to convince you to buy one right away?

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