The Best House Plants for Allergies

As the weather changes and the outside world is becoming less green, now is a great time to add some greenery to your home. As you think about adding some houseplants to your space, the fear of triggering allergies can be real. But some indoor plants can actually help fight allergies. Add some trendy decor to your home this fall and help battle your allergies by adding some of these houseplants to your space. Plus, you’ll Instagram will look a lot more aesthetically pleasing also.

Houseplants for Allergy Relief

1. Peace Lilies

Peace Lillies for Allergies

The Peace Lily is an evergreen that is easy to care for and doesn't need a lot of water or light to flourish. When the leaves start getting droopy, you’ll need to give the plant some more water. Peace Lilies are great for ridding the air of benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. Another added bonus is that pests rarely bother this plant.

2. Janet Craig

Janet Craig for Allergies

A Dragon Tree variety, Janet Craig is an incredibly easy house plant to maintain and grow. It features shiny and bright green leaves. It can also grow pretty tall, so make sure to prune it back in the spring or early summer so it doesn't overgrow in your space.

3. Gerber Daisies

Gerber Daisies for Allergies

Gerber Daisies will provide a cheerful touch to your space, and they're great for controlling benzene. These are simple to take care of and easy to grow. Daisies thrive with a lot of light. Be careful not to plant seeds too close together if you’re growing these from seed. Crowding can harm the growth and life of the plant.

4. Marginata

Marginata for Allergies

The Marginata is a type of dragon tree houseplant that is tricolored and low-maintenance. It's easy to grow indoors as it thrives in low light. To maintain, let it get a little bit dry before you decide to give it water. Marginata will battle chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde. The plant features cream and yellow striped green leaves that are narrow. If the plant doesn't have enough light, the leaves will turn to a lighter color. If exposed to too much light, the leaves will develop brown spots.

Plants Allergy Sufferers Should Avoid

While there are many great houseplants to help fight allergies, there are also some you should avoid placing in your home. Here's a list of plants to avoid, as they may trigger even more allergies: 

Here are some plants to avoid: 

  • Yucca
  • Ivy
  • Palm Trees
  • Ferns
  • Geraniums
  • Pine Trees

While indoor plants won’t replace having an air purifier, they can help reduce some of your indoor allergy symptoms and improve your indoor air quality. For other tips on cleaning your indoor air for allergy relief, check out the article Doctor Recommended Air Purifiers.