While it is quite common for people to use plants to decorate their homes and office spaces, these gorgeous greens can brighten up your indoor space as well. They purify the air, amplify our well-being and reduce our stress levels.
These are a few plants that you must consider bringing into your home to spread positivity, and keep the space fresh and calm.
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Plants with Anti-Anxiety Benefits
Indoor plants improve mental and physical health. The following plants have a beautiful fragrance. It is proven that these sweet fragrances lead to better mental health and a good night’s sleep.
Jasmine, a shrub found outdoors, can also thrive indoors. This plant is known to improve sleep quality. The powerful fragrance of jasmine flowers makes you feel less anxious and more at peace, helping you wake up more alert the next morning.
Lavender comes from the mint family and is commonly used as an essential oil. Lavenders have a musky scent that calms and settles a troubled mind. It also lowers stress and reduces anxiety levels. Most people grow lavenders indoors to calm crying and agitated babies.
Snake plant lowers carbon dioxide and increases oxygen levels in the air even at night. The increased levels of oxygen remove harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde from the surrounding air, thus effectively treating the symptoms of anxiety such as headaches and respiratory problems.
Plants that Reduce Ambient Temperatures
Although plants are motionless, they mollify the environment in unique ways. They reduce the indoor temperature by keeping the air cool.
Aloe Vera consists of 99% water and 1% of everything beneficial! It needs the least maintenance to grow but has a high capability of purifying the air. This plant contains minerals, sugars, enzymes, and amino acids that have excellent healing properties to make your home pleasant.
Peace Lily blooms beautifully in cool temperatures and requires the least maintenance. These plants look vibrant with white and green colours, setting a soothing atmosphere. These indoor plants reduce toxin levels in the air, keeping the mind alert and de-stressed.
Bamboo Palm has elegant leaves that sweep away toxins like carbon monoxide that is harmful to us. It filters the air, emitting the much-needed moisture during winters. This indoor plant keeps the surrounding aura stress-free as it has a positive psychological effect when you look at bamboo palms. They also seem to lower blood pressures (systolic) when bamboo palms are grown at home or office space.
Plants that Clean Indoor Air
A study conducted by NASA scientists researched nearly a dozen plants for their benefits in cleaning the air for an indoor environment to create a sustainable indoor ecosystem. The results demonstrated that certain leafy greens could absorb hazardous contaminants and increase the oxygen levels, producing clean air.
Chrysanthemums have multiple medicinal and culinary uses. They are effective at removing benzene from the air. Benzene is an odorless pollutant found in inks, paints, plastics, detergents, gasoline, and pesticides. It causes respiratory problems. Having chrysanthemum plants growing indoors can eradicate health risks caused due to benzene.
Red-Edged Dracaena and Gerbera Daisy have air-purifying properties and even give out oxygen at night. These indoor plants eliminate toxins like xylene and trichloroethylene from the air, instantly decreasing anxiety and stress levels to improve concentration.
Aquatic Plants that Purify Water
Aquatic plants play an essential role in maintaining a healthy water garden or pond. They improve the environment for fish by absorbing carbon dioxide and nutrients from the water. This reduction in nutrients results in clearer water and fewer algae.
Golden Cannas are efficient nutrient-removing aquatic plants that bloom almost all around the year. They naturally grow in wetlands around muddy shores or in water up to 2 feet deep. They prevent algae growth and keep the water clear.
Bulrushes are grass-type shoreline plants that have excellent water purification properties. They remove excess nutrients, oil and even bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella. They also eliminate heavy metals such as copper and zinc from pond water.
Water Lilies are floating plants that purify water by absorbing the most amount of nutrients for growth. Some water lilies have large leaves that are around 3 m in length. The more nutrients they absorb, the clearer and more purified the water gets.
Plants that Boost Your Mood
Whether things are going well or you’re going through a rough patch, self-care and mindfulness are incredibly important. And you might be surprised to know that the space around you can play a major role in boosting your mood. Adding plants to your surrounding can give peace of mind and can instantly change the vibe of the place.
Roses are very attractive and vibrant to the eye. They even smell quite nice, having a natural scent that is commonly used in perfumes and essential oils. A study done by the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology shows that viewing roses can have positive psychological and physical effects. Exposure to fresh flowers can relax and calm your mood instantly.
Orchids bloom year-round but need care and maintenance. With the attention given to them, they bring a touch of mood-enhancing colour even during the gloomiest days! Lavender and purple are rich soothing colours that will promote positive energy into the room.
Plants always have a positive effect on the surrounding environment. They calm the environment along with purifying it naturally. It’s the green benefit every indoor space must have!