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Are Plants Harmful or Helpful in the Bedroom?

Plants play a vital role in both our indoor and outdoor environment. Outdoors, plants are home to the various biodiversity present and provide shelter against the harmful rays of the sun, while indoors, they may be used for their beauty or to give your home more shaded area.

Plants are also placed in bedrooms, and this trend has been in and out over the past years. Whatever the trend, keeping plants in your bedroom is subject to the following benefits:

  1. The primary pro of keeping plants in your bedroom is due to the photosynthesis cycle. They aid us in breathing as they release oxygen and inhale carbon dioxide. However, at night the cycle switches but plants such as orchids keep on releasing oxygen throughout.


  1. Keeping plants indoors, especially in dry and hot climates helps prevent illnesses. Various studies have shown that plants are known to cure sore throats, colds, and However, keep in mind that in humid weather, these plants would add to the humidity indoors which you can tackle with an air conditioner.


  1. Plants are also known to clean the air of your bedroom. To prove this point, NASA did a lot of research and found 10 plants that are known to get rid of indoor pollutants. These are:
  • Peace Lily
  • Golden Pothos
  • English Ivy
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Mother-in-law’s Tongue
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Azalea
  • Red-edge Dracaena
  • Spider Plant


  1. Various clinical studies have also proven that plants help boost healing. Thus, if you are sick, keeping plants in your bedroom or interacting with them will help you get better faster.
  2. Being around plants is also known to improve your concentration and thus, aid you in working better. Hence, keeping plants in your bedroom while working on the last task assignment will keep you relaxed and help you work efficiently.



  • Snake Plant

This low-maintenance plant is known to produce oxygen even at night, which most plants cannot do. It needs low light and to be water occasionally.

  • Philodendron

This plant absorbs formaldehyde and needs a moderate light with occasional watering.

  • English Ivy

English Ivy also absorbs formaldehyde, but it needs to be watered regularly and needs moderate light.

  • Golden Pothos

This plant needs a moderate light with occasional watering and is also known to absorb harmful pollutants.

  • Spider Plant

You need to water it regularly and keep it in moderate light and also fights various indoor pollutants.

  • Rubber Plant

Rubber plant needs to be watered regularly and kept in moderate light. It acts as an air purifier.



So, throughout this article, we look at the various benefits that plants in our bedroom have to offer us. We have also seen the popular plants that are mostly kept by people indoors in their house or bedroom.

We all know that plants have numerous advantages for us. At this point, the main question arises, are plants also harmful for us, especially if they are kept in the bedroom?

The answer to this question is no; plants are not harmful. However, one has to realize the fact that not all plants are meant to be put in your bedroom. There are specific plants which can be kept indoors and which provide you with benefits in a sealed environment. The harmful effects of keeping plants indoors are only that:

  • Not all plants exhale oxygen even at night.
  • Plants have to be cared for, or they may die.
  • Some plants may add to the humidity in a humid climate.



Even though cons exist, with proper care and maintenance we can overcome them and reap the benefits that plants offer us.

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