If you’re one of the millions who suffer from seasonal – or year-round, god help you – allergies than you know that finding plants that keep your nose from running and your throat from scratching is a stretch. Harder still is finding some household plants that actually help your allergies.
Alas, friends, they do exist and you don’t have to mortgage your house to get them. Check out some of our favorites here…
…but first things first! Even the most allergen-free plant can become a sniffle causer if you don’t take care of a few easy things. First, make sure that you don’t simply keep your plants up in the corner of a room, never to be touched again. Wiping down the leaves and ensuring the plants stay bug free is important to ensuring you remain allergy free. Also, avoid watering your plants unless the soil is dry to about a one inch depth. Excessive water can cause mold to grow, increasing your allergic reaction.
And remember, generally having plants in your home can reduce allergies because they filter the air.
So then, on to some of the best plants for allergy sufferers!
Big yes here. Succulents like cacti and other plants that require very little water also release very little pollen – that means fewer allergens for you!
Be careful of flowering varieties, but bamboo tends to run as opposed to spreading via seed and pollen, making it a great choice for allergy sufferers. For that same reason, make sure you don’t plant it in the ground – it’s an invasive species in most of the country!
Surprising huh? These flowering plants are known for their large white flowers that release a white powder when they start to fade. While this can cause allergies, they do a fantastic job actually cleaning the air, making them a great addition to any home.
Interestingly, Areca Palms humidify the air, so in the dry, winter months when your throat is getting scratchy from all that built up dust you never wiped out from the inside of your cabinets, you’ll be far better off.
Again, big shocker with the large flowers this guy has, but it’s true! The Chrysanthemum is one of the best air cleansers out there.
Plants can only help so much
Plants can help, but for the serious allergy sufferer, consider an air purification system. A purifier, plus a number of plants can have you feeling great and your house looking great, in no time.