While it may seem obvious that surrounding yourself with gorgeous greenery is good for you, there are also some very specific benefits to be had. Whether you’re looking to ease your mind, rid the air of harmful toxins, get a great night’s sleep or even calm your crying baby, there’s a plant to help you with that! Read on to find out how to maximise the wonder of your indoor garden.
The large leaves of this glossy beauty absorb airborne chemicals and break them down to render them harmless. Bred for toughness, it is one of the easiest plants to care for and will work well in a room that has less natural light.
BEST FOR THE BEDROOM
If you’re in search of an elusive good night’s sleep, adding plants to the boudoir that take in carbon monoxide and give out oxygen could be the answer. Being surrounded by nature also has a soothing effect on an overworked brain.
AKA Mother in Law’s Tongue.
With tall, sharp leaves, this good-looking plant emits oxygen at night while taking in carbon dioxide. This purifies the air and can lead to a better night’s sleep. Very tolerant of neglect, it can also survive long periods if you forget to water it.
Bothered by your partner’s snoring? According to NASA this tropical plant can actually help reduce snoring by improving air quality! If you’re sleep deprived on a regular basis it’s definitely worth a try. Water the stalk lightly with a spray bottle, put in a bright window and you may even be rewarded with a juicy pineapple…
Stuffy noses, difficulty breathing and wheezing are all horrible symptoms that allergy sufferers will recognise. While pollen from some flowers can aggravate these allergies, other plants can actively help by reducing toxins and increasing humidity in the home.
With its robust dark green leaves and graceful white flowers, the peace lily makes a stunning addition to any home. In the NASA study it was also shown to be particularly good at reducing levels of benzene, formaldehyde and trichoethylene as well as boosting humidity. Easy to care for, keep the soil moist but don’t overwater.
Pretty and amazingly easy to care for, the Philodendron has many types and is noted for its ability to remove formaldehyde. This chemical, commonly used on paper towels and tissues, can cause irritation to your nose, mouth and throat and worsen allergies. Keep in indirect sunlight and don’t over water.
With its delicate starry blossoms, the exotic jasmine plant has been shown to reduce anxiety and soothe the mind and body. Inhaling its scent sends signals to the limbic region of the brain which regulates emotions. Make sure it gets plenty of light and consider putting outdoors in summer.