Photo: Courtesy of guide-to-houseplants.comSarah Jio, Glamour magazine
I recently went on a houseplant kick and bought a bunch of new plants for each room of my house with clean air in mind (I know, great, now I have to water them!). If you're going to buy just one plant, health experts say make it this one...
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Houseplants are amazing to filter out toxins in your indoor air, especially for city girls where there aren't a lot of trees around and a lot of cars buzzing by on the streets below. But if you can only buy one plant this summer, consider making it an aloe plant.
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Yes, it will do a good job to scrub your air, but it can also be wonderful for your skin in a pinch. As you've probably heard, aloe has amazing, skin-soothing qualities. So whether you burn yourself on the stove or just have a really annoying mosquito bite, you can turn to your trusty aloe plant for relief. Experts say just snip an inch or two from a leaf and squeeze out the clear "sap" inside. Cover with gauze if you want, and let it work its magic! Some people also make a type of tea from fresh aloe and swear it helps with digestion, but I've yet to try this.
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I recently bought an aloe plant at IKEA for $2.99. I've already snipped off a leave to soothe a mild burn, and I was so glad I had it handy. I also love Jade plants, because they're pretty and need very little care (seriously, you can't kill them!).
Do you have an aloe plant?
P.S. Should you drink aloe vera juice? Some swear by it. And, I'm obsessed with this lavender soap...
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