Medicinal properties and other benefits of common houseplants

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A short history of some houseplants and their medicinal use.


Can eliminate some pollutants from the air. The plant eliminates pollutants such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene from the air.

Can increase the humidity of an environment. This can help if the air is dry. This is also great for someone who also owns air plants.


Traditionally, coleus was used for numerous purposes including treatment of rashes, asthma, bronchitis, insomnia, epilepsy, and angina.

It has been studied as an effective bronchodilator.


Traditional herbalists have used ivy for a wide number of complaints, including bronchitis, whooping cough, arthritis, rheumatism, and dysentery. Decoctions of the herb were applied externally against lice, scabies, and sunburn.

Studies have shown that Ivy can be effective against Bronchitis.

In these examples, an exact dosage is not given for bronchitis. This article serves to educate regarding the history of houseplants and their usages in medicines.

It is recommended with all remedies to seek medical attention first where you and your doctor can discuss the benefits of herbal remedies and tinctures together.


Added to on Jan 31, 2023
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