9 Best Indoor Plants to Relieve Allergies

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, which is kind of a nightmare that lasts at least two seasons each and every year. There is something floating in the air, especially during spring and fall, that our bodies simply don’t like.

However, this shouldn’t keep us from growing houseplants! If you’re suffering from allergies, then you will love to read this article!

We’re going to show you a couple of houseplants that will help purify the air and prevent any undesired side effects that might be related to allergies. So, let’s take a closer look at some of these plants, and how to take care of them.

Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is very low maintenance and easy growing plant. Its scientific name is Spathiphyllum, so if you find this plant in the store under this name, don’t worry, it’s the same!

The Peace Lily is one of the best indoor plants when it comes to air purification, as it breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases that are common indoors, like benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.

Peace lilies are also highly effective when it comes to removing mold spores from the air. If you’re highly sensitive to pollen, but you love flowers, for example, then this plant is the best choice you’ve got!

Its pollen is different from the others, as it’s way stickier and heavier than any other flower, which makes it less likely to remain in the air and cause irritation.


Dracaena is one of the most beloved and effective plants when it comes to keeping allergens and gases that provoke your allergies away from you!

In fact, the NASA Clean Air Study actually confirmed that this plant removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, BUT ALSO easily absorbs carbon monoxide.

Even more, it is famous for trapping allergens in its leaves. Dracaena reflexa is one of the best choices for those who suffer from allergies because it has a superior ability to clean the air.

There are many cultivars available on the market, including some variegated types with adorable cream and yellow margins. Song of India (a variegated type) is a beautiful and low-maintenance houseplant.

Areca palm allergies
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Areca Palm

As the National Institute of Health’s 2011 study has shown, Areca Palm is the number one air-purifying indoor plant. It’s a natural humidifier, and it calms down and alleviates allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion and irritation because it increases the amount of water vapor in the air.

Even more, Areca Palm was defined in the NASA clean air study as the best purifier, thanks to its capacity of removing formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, xylene, and toluene from the air.

The large leaves are amazing for trapping all sorts of allergens, but also for filtering toxins from the environment. Try to keep it in bright, but indirect light, as direct sunlight might burn the leaves.

English Ivy

English Ivy, which also goes by the name of Hedera helix, is a proper allergy fix, as it helps alleviate allergy symptoms by clearing the air of any irritants. It’s also known for reducing airborne mold spores, as a recent study has concluded.

This particular plant has done so many wonders for allergy sufferers, and to be completely honest, I have a couple of pots of English Ivy around the house!

Interestingly enough, even if it does so many wonders when it comes to allergies, the plant is nonetheless toxic to humans and animals. That’s why is mandatory to keep it out of the rich of children and pets.

The best way to do so is to place the plants on a higher shelf, and then let them trail down for a lovely display. However, remember to trim it back before it gets too long!

Spider Plant

If you haven’t had the chance to take care of many plants, this plant is one of the best choices for beginners. In order to kill the Spider Plant, also known as Chlorophytum comosum, you have to go a VERY long way, as it’s almost impossible to kill it.

So not only it’s great for beginner practicing, but it also absorbs harmful molds and various other allergens from the air. Even more, it’s an excellent choice if you’re known to suffer from dust allergies.

Even more, it removes toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene from the air. Xylene is used as a solvent in the rubber, leather, and printing industries.

Unlike the English Ivy, the Spider Plant isn’t toxic for kids or pets, so if you suffer from allergies, you can safely fill your house with this beauty!

goldon pothos allergies
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Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos also goes by the name of Epipremnum aureum, and it’s very easy to take care of it. This tropical houseplant is one of the top houseplants that reduce formaldehyde in your home.

As a matter of fact, it’s in NASA’s top three, next to the philodendron and the spider plant. Formaldehyde is known to increase irritation of the mouth, nose, and throat – which only worsens any allergies you might have.

The golden pothos is a very easy-growing plant with many air-purifying qualities, and it can represent a great addition to your rooms. If you decide on purchasing one, make sure you put it in bright, indirect light.

As for watering, make sure you never let your Pothos stand in water, as it may easily develop root rot.

Heartleaf Philodendron

The heartleaf philodendron, or Philodendron scandens, has been known to improve indoor air quality, which makes it the ideal plant for allergy sufferers.

Its gorgeous foliage has the power to scrub huge amounts of harmful gases out of the air, during the photosynthesis process. And on top of all that, it’s super easy to grow this plant!

It’s a great choice for placing it around your furniture, as the Heartleaf Philodendron is especially good at fighting sources such as particleboard.

Once you get one, make sure you keep it in bright, diffuse light. This plant loves high humidity, but it can also tolerate low levels of humidity.

Snake Plant

The Snake Plant, or Sansevieria, is definitely the superstar, as it’s one of the prettiest, easy to take care of plants, and has one of the greatest impacts on allergies and air quality.

It’s super easy to grow, and it’s my personal favorite. You can easily neglect it for weeks, in fact, it’s recommended to do so. The only way through which you can kill this plant is to water it too often.

The Plant is also known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and it has been known to convert carbon dioxide to oxygen during nighttime. In fact, if your allergies are acting up while you’re sleeping at night, try to place a Snake Plant next to your bed and see how it goes.

Rubber Tree

Another great houseplant for beginners that is known to improve the indoor air and alleviate allergies is the Rubber Tree, which also goes by the name of Ficus elastica. 

The Rubber Tree is great to have in your home, especially if you’re suffering from nasty allergies, as they remove the chemical toxins in the air.

The NASA studies actually recommend two rubber trees in 8-to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet of space you have in your home. The Rubber tree is especially good when it comes to removing formaldehyde, a substance that irritates the eyes, nose, and throat.

If you enjoyed reading this article, we also recommend reading: 10 Stunning Outdoor Plants That Also Offer Privacy


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