People with allergies to pollen, dust, and other pollutants tend to suffer from a runny nose, itchy eyes, and frequent sneezing. If you’re one of them and you want to keep plants at home, certain houseplants can help purify the air around you.
Growing houseplants to relieve allergy
Houseplants, aside from cleaning the air, do not produce excess pollen that can trigger your allergies. However, like any other plant, they can also make your allergies worse if not properly cared for. Place the plants in a corner and water them only when needed. Rub the leaves with a damp paper towel once a week to avoid dust buildup. Water them when the soil is already dry an inch or two below the surface. Otherwise, do not water them as excess water may only lead to mold growth.
Most houseplants demand minimal care and have large leaves that can adorn your home’s idle spots. In a study conducted by NASA, the top plants that they recommend to be grown in closed environments include areca palm (Dypsis lutescens), golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum), peace lily (Spathiphyllum), and varieties of Philodendron and dracaena. People with a latex allergy must avoid fig trees as their leaves emit a sap with latex.