The Best House Plants For Our Health And Well-being
Create your very own jungle inside your home.
House plants are all the range at the moment for a Pinterest worthy bedroom. But not only do they look super pretty, they’re actually amazing for our well-being too.
We all know that nature has healing powers, just going for a walk in the fresh air can be a mood booster so why not bring the outdoors in? Houseplants have the power to make us feel happier, productive and calmer according to Dr Wolverton who says “research shows that just being in the presence of plants helps to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and, in work environments, increase worker productivity”.
Houseplants are also know for detoxing our air, which in turn creates a happier space and a happier mind.
But of course, there are certain plants suited for certain spaces in our home so we must choose our placement wisely.
Our top 10 house plants:
Also known as a Swiss cheese plant, they’re one of the most popular houseplants due to it’s rich green colour and huge leaf-holes (hence the nickname). They need little care to create such beauty. They blossom best out of direct sunlight but they need regular watering.
2. Snake plant
It’s name derives from it’s thin upright leaves with snakeskin patterns. It’s a durable low maintenance plant that rarely needs watering. Research also shows the they filter out many toxic chemicals. Their durable leaves are believed to represent strength and resilience in difficult times - the reminder we need these days! Fun fact: they produce oxygen at night rather than daytime like most plants so they’ll help you sleep better.
3. Peace lily
This elegant plant looks good in any home. It’s glossy foliage and pretty white flower stem need a little more care: it flourishes best when moist (but not over-watered) and in a bright but shady spot. Peace lilies are associated with tranquility and peace so they’re perfect for creating a comfortable peaceful atmosphere in your home.
4. Aloe vera
Aloe is renowned for it’s healing powers, used in medicine and health supplements due to its anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties. The kitchen would be the best home because aloe purifies the air toxins usually found in varnishes and detergents. Try the windowsill as it likes to live in a bright sunny spot but note, it needs to dry out completely before watering again.
There are more than 20 species of yucca plants growing from 2ft to 30ft and it's leaves are long and narrow sprouting from a thick stalk so it would work best in a bigger space. It enjoys full sun and makes a beautiful attraction for any room.
6. Chinese evergreen
This tropical plant is known for removing air toxins commonly found in detergents and cosmetics. This plant will especially thrive in your bathroom as it enjoys humid conditions.
7. Rubber plants
Also known as Ficus elastica, they're popular for their shiny large leaves which can absorb a lot of toxins. They’re super easy to care for, they just need low light conditions and occasional watering. Their size is great for open plan or big spaces: the perfect centrepiece.
8. English ivy
Trailing plants look gorgeous draping over furniture or falling from above so not only will this add a touch of grace to your home, it will detox the air as it trails and acts as a natural remedy for mold.
You may have seen lots of people hanging eucalyptus in their shower, which might seem weird but it actually makes sense. It contains oil which is used for aromatherapy and holds lots of health benefits including aiding your coughs and wounds. The steam from your shower activates the eucalyptus oil and releases it into the air for you to inhale.
10. Jade plant
Similarly to a bonsai, it has the appearance of a small tree. It’s renowned for it’s good luck and money attracting charms. These claims originate from Feng Shui (an ancient Chinese practice that wants to establish harmony between humans and their environment). Jade plants are believed to symbolise growth, renewal and positive energy. In this context, place your plant in a space that you will pass often so that you are reminded of this.
No matter where you live, whether it’s in a tiny apartment in your favourite city or surrounded by fields in the countryside, you can become a plant mom too! Add a houseplant or two and note the benefits you reap in your health and well-being.