Updated: Jun 14, 2020
So, initially I became a plant mum to liven up and accessorise my living room… but did you know that our little green friends actually play an important role on your mental health? Yeah – I know right, not only do they look awesome, but they can actually benefit your wellbeing – double win!
What are the benefits of having a house plant?
Studies have shown that surrounding yourself with plant life (not literally... not suggesting you turn your living space into a jungle, just a few will do) they help to reduce stress and anxiety, reduce symptoms of depression and improve productivity and concentration. But what plants have these magic powers?
What are the best house plants for mental health?
Now, I’m sure most of you reading this have used (or at least heard of) of products containing aloe vera. An aloe plant is one of the most versatile plants, being used in cosmetics, medicines and even exotic foods. This super-plant has great health benefits including; moisturising and hydrating the skin, supporting a healthy immune system and acting as a detoxifier.
Maintenance: Doesn’t require much sunlight or watering and can withstand both low and high temperatures.
Don’t be freaked out by its name… the highly resilient snake plant is great at reducing toxins and pollution from the atmosphere (and has nothing to do with actual snakes!). By keeping one of these plants in your bedroom or living room, it helps to purify the air and improve your rest.
Maintenance: Very adaptable and prefer indirect sunlight. Let the soil dry between watering’s – don’t over water.
Not only does lavender look and smell amazing it also has a number of medical benefits. Having one of these around the house can improve sleep and help with restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and depression. You can even use the buds to make aromatic tea to help with headaches, toothaches or an upset stomach!
Maintenance: Requires very little water or attention – perfect for a windowsill or nightstand
Rosemary doesn’t only taste good sprinkled on some spuds but made in tea, this tasty plant can help with blood circulation and digestion. This is down to the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds within the plant.
Maintenance: Well suited to growing indoors and outdoors. Requires moderate amounts of light and humidity.
This beautifully elegant flower will make you smile and forget about your worries just looking at it! But its beauty isn’t the only thing that this plant has to offer. The peace lily ranks highly as a proficient air cleaner, able to filter harmful substances like ammonia.
Maintenance: Water once a week and keep it away from too much direct sunlight. Warning: peace lilies contain oxalates which are mildly toxic to cats and dogs so keep them out of reach.
Melt away your problems with another beautiful plant… have some jasmine by your bed and let its sweet aroma set you off on a well-rested sleep. Not only beneficial in its plant form, jasmine tea is known for soothing anxiety, lowering heart rate and cholesterol.
Maintenance: Adapts quite well to growing indoors but does need a high amount of sunshine.
Trying to find balance between a functional personal life and a crazy work schedule can be super tiring. So, kick your feet up and let mother nature help you unwind and take care of you.