Although we may not realize it as we go about our daily lives, indoor toxins have a drastic impact on our health, potentially leading to Asthma, allergies, inflammation and even cancer Thankfully, there are natural ways to bring the benefits of the outdoors inside, in a cost effective way. Try these amazing house plants for improved indoor health. Some of the plants are below are available in Ethiopian plants markets. 

  If you think it is a luxury to put plants indoor for your health you may want to check this facts again. 

·         Around 3 billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and leaky stoves, and burning biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal. 

·         Nearly 2 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to indoor air pollution from household solid fuel use.

·         Nearly 50% of pneumonia deaths among children under five are due to particulate matter inhaled from indoor air pollution. 

·         More than 1 million people a year die from chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD) that develope due to exposure to such indoor air pollution.

 

·         Both women and men exposed to heavy indoor smoke are 2-3 times more likely to develop COPD 

1. Jasmine: Helps Promote Sleep Quality 

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Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family that is commonly found outdoors, but can live indoors as well. It emits scents that have shown to make for better sleep, as well as increase your levels of alertness.

2. Lavender: Reduce Anxiety and Stress

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Lavender is a genus of 39 known species of flowering plants in the mint family and a commonly used essential oil. It not only smells wonderful, but can also reduce anxiety and stress, slow heart rate, improve your sleep and calm restless babies.

3. Rosemary: Improve Your Memory

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Rosemary is also a member of the mint family. A perennial herb, native to the Mediterranean region. It has been proven to be effective at increasing your memory as well as the overall air quality in the room.

4. Aloe Vera: Improve Overall Air Quality

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Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species that has been commonly used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century AD. NASA utilizes these plants for their superior ability to increase the overall quality of air with fresh oxygen.

5. English Ivy Plant: Reduce Mold Count

English Ivy is a species of flowering plant native to Europe and Western Asia. This plant has been proven to reduce airborne mold by 94 percent, which can have a significant benefit for those who suffer from allergies or lung irritation. 

 

6. Snake Plant: Prevent Headaches

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Snake Plant is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae native to West Africa. It’s been proven to be extremely effective with treating headaches, eye irritation and respiratory problems. It can also help to increase your overall energy levels. 

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