Home to me equals a calm, peaceful, and serene space. A space consisting of plenty of light, bright colors, and yep, you guessed it. Plants everywhere! Hanging from the ceiling, growing up the walls, and in potted plants in every window seal. Ah, just the thought brings me excitement. Not only for their natural beauty, but also because houseplants have health benefits.
Good health is more than diet and exercise
We know our health is dependent on our environment just as much as how we treat it and what goes into our bodies. The right houseplant can reduce your stress, improve your mood, clean your air, and assist in a better nights sleep. Why not purchase a plant or two that not only looks good, but does your body good as well?
Over the last year or so, I have grown a small collection of houseplants. I hope to acquire more, but currently my indoor garden consists of:
- Silver Pothos
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
- Snake Plant
- Rubber Tree
- Bonsai Ficus Ginseng
- Aloe Vera
- A mystery plant with long beautiful foliage (if you know her name please let me know!)
Houseplants helps reduce stress
Why do most of us instinctively want to be closer to nature and greenery? Simple, because it makes us feel good.
Aside from their researched physical health benefits, house plants also improve our mental health. I mean how could they not? They are simply beautiful to look at!
According to this study published by Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction with indoor houseplants can reduce our stress levels. By active interaction I don’t mean telling them about your day, unless of course you want to (I won’t judge). I mean tasks such as watering and pruning. While most indoor plants don’t require much daily interaction, there are a few who benefit greatly from daily waterings. Even potting or repotting your plant can do wonders for your psychological state.
Ever wondered why we bring flowers to our loved ones in hospital rooms? This study done by Kansas State University researched that answer. They found that ornamental indoor plants, such as flowers, greatly improved patients overall experience during their hospital visit. Researchers found such positive results they advised, “health care professionals and hospital administrators need to consider the use of plants and flowers to enhance healing environments for patients.”
This alone was enough information for me to go out and purchase my very first houseplant! A little research on my part allowed me to pick the most beneficial ones. But don’t worry, I will list them all out for you!
Health Benefits of Houseplants
House plants improve our health by cleaning and filtering the air in our homes. Extensive research by NASA discovers house plants remove toxins and chemicals from indoor air, such as formaldehyde and benzene. These dangerous chemicals are actually common in household items such as
- paper products
- tobacco smoke
During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen allowing us to breath easier. Awesome right? Some house plants, like succulents, actually never stop releasing oxygen even when photosynthesis stops at night, so these are the best plants to have in your bedroom. Succulents have been the easiest for me to care for as they don’t require much water.
House plants can also help with dry skin, coughs, and other respiratory issues. They increase the humidity in the air around them by releasing moisture vapor. I also have a humidifier close by for my fiddle leaf fig and rubber tee.
Houseplants that Have the Best Health Benefits
I have compiled a list of house plants that can benefit your mental and physical health. To give your home that fresh-air feel consider these plants.
- English Ivy
- Spider Plant
- Snake Plant or Mother-In-Laws Tongue
- Aloe Vera
- Dracaena or Dragon Tree
- Peace Lilly
When you purchase a new plant, check to see if it comes with a care tag. This will list out general how-to instructions like how much water and light they require. Also, don’t forget to ask the nursery associate. They are usually gardeners with years of expertise. Generally, I have found keeping my space bright by allowing sunshine in, has kept my houseplants fairly happy.
Rehoming a house plant from your local nursery can feel like quite the task, especially to those of us who feel we don’t have much of a green thumb. But take it from me, a busy single mom, these house plants are pretty hard to kill and they make my home feel special.