5 Best Plants for People Suffering from Asthma & Allergy

Dry and contaminated air, and uncomfortable weather conditions are known as triggers for asthma and allergies. You probably didn’t know that plants can help alleviate the symptoms of asthma and allergies without pharmaceuticals. 

Plants have always been used as natural remedies for congestions, allergies, asthma, and to purify indoor air. Here are five indoor plants that will help you ease your asthma and allergy symptoms. 

Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

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This small palm is a perfect plant for small spaces because it only grows to about 4 feet tall. It’s also one of the most efficient plants for filtering airborne toxins like benzene, chloroform, formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, and more.

This plant will make your indoor air clean and safe for you to breathe, thus making your indoor environment suitable for people with asthma. The lady palm flourishes in low and bright light conditions and has average water requirements.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

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According to NASA’s analysis of houseplants, peace lily is efficient in absorbing airborne Volatile Organic Compounds, like benzene and formaldehyde. It can also remove mold spores from the air. Besides being an air purifier, the peace lily bears white flower petals with a single yellow bract that resembles a spade in the center. It makes a great addition to any home or office space.

Place your peace lily plant in a dark area as they need little light. However, beware of the foliage as they are mildly poisonous to animals and humans; keep it out of reach of children and pets.

Flamingo Lily (Anthurium andraeanum)

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This plant is well known for filtering out harmful chemicals found in furniture, carpets, and cleaning products like ammonia. The flamingo lily is a wonderful plant for pet owners; it helps remove ammonia from the air. Pets produce urine rich in ammonia thus increasing ammonia in your indoor air which increases respiratory irritation. However, by introducing flamingo lily to your indoors, you can help decrease the ammonia levels in your home.

The flamingo lily prefers bright, indirect light, and humid conditions. Place it in a spot that receives plenty of sunlight throughout the day.

Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

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Areca palms are excellent for purifying the air and adding humidity to your indoor air, making them perfect for asthmatic people. Dry air escalates asthmatic symptoms, so adding a plant that can give off some moisture is crucial. If you spend more time in your bedroom or sitting room, place them there.

Areca palms love bright but indirect light conditions and moist soil, especially during spring and summer. So ensure to water them frequently.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

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The snake plant is a must-have if you’re looking for a low-maintenance houseplant. It’s also known as one of the best indoor plants for asthma and allergies; it releases oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide at night. This plant has remarkable ever-green and yellow leaves with a mottled appearance.

Snake plants do well in low- to medium-light spots in your home or apartment. It can tolerate dry soil for long periods before watering it again. Avoid overwatering it as it can suffer root rot when exposed to moist soil for an extended period.


If you are thinking of a natural remedy to ease your asthma and allergy symptoms, consider growing some of these plants. Many of them are easy to grow, and they will reward you with their beauty and fresh air. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips!

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