The pothos plant, or Epipremnum aureum, is a common hanging, climbing plant that’s found in many homes today, but two of its greatest health benefits are relatively unknown. Pothos cleans the air in the room where it’s growing, and it helps relax the eyes when you’re feeling congested or if they’re just a little irritated. It also helps treat and prevent ocular hypertension, cataracts, and glaucoma.
In this article we’ll explain those benefits in detail, and also tell you how you should best care for your pothos plant to maximize its healthy effects.
Features and care
The pothos plant has wide green leaves that develop bright stripes or marks when it’s outdoors. It requires certain conditions to thrive. The temperature should be between 60 and 75 degrees, and it likes to live indoors. It needs some light, but shouldn’t receive direct sunlight.
Don’t water your pothos plant too often, to avoid rot. If you want to grow an additional plant you can cut one of the stems, set it in a glass of water until it develops its own roots, and then plant it in a new pot.
The pothos plant should never be eaten because it’s toxic. But up next we’re going to list some of the benefits you get from placing this plant in one of the rooms of your home, as well as how you can use the leaves if you ever need or want to prune your plant.
How does it purify the air?
This plant is able to clean the air in the room where you place it of toxic fumes like formaldehyde, which you often find in rooms that have been recently painted or furnished.
Formaldehyde is a chemical that you find in wooden furniture, for example, and research has shown that the fumes are toxic and may even have carcinogenic effects in the long term. We most commonly breathe these in without realizing it.
Pothos also removes benzene and carbon monoxide from the air, which is why you should put one of these plants in your bedroom to make sure you have enough oxygen while you sleep.
In addition, some studies have found that pothos can help eliminate odors.
For all of these reasons, you can place a pothos plant in your kitchen, bathroom, or living room to spread its benefits throughout your home.
It won’t take long before you notice your air is much better.
How does it soothe eye irritations?
Lots of people have noticed one surprising benefit of the pothos plant when their eyes are irritated or they feel tired. This is especially noticeable after hours of computer exposure or other kinds of eye strain. And pothos is believed to help prevent cases of glaucoma or cataracts.
Follow these simple steps to maximize this plant’s benefits for your eyes:
- Use a damp cloth to clean any dust off of your pothos plant’s leaves, but don’t remove them. They provide the plant with energy.
- Hold one of the plant’s vines and, closing your eyes, place the leaves over your eyelids. Make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable position, without stress or tension.
- Remain seated for 3 to 5 minutes with your eyes closed, allowing them to completely relax.
- Open them slowly, and you’ll feel your eyes are sharper and more relaxed.
- Try doing this any time your eyes are tired or irritated. And if you want to prevent glaucoma or cataracts, you can do this every day to lower your risk.
A note about cataracts
One of the earliest signs of a cataract that can help prevent their formation is a sliver of green or silver located near the pupil (the black circle inside your iris). This is a clear sign you need to see your ophthalmologist so they can begin treatment immediately. If this happens, you can complement the traditional medical treatment with an application of the leaves of the plant two or three times a day as we indicated above.