With World Mental Health Day celebrated on October 10, 2020, that is tomorrow. Are you looking to improve your well-being and redecorate your living space? If so, you might consider investing in plant-friendly plants! Not only will they enhance the look of a room, they can also make a positive contribution to your health.
According to a study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) presented in this article, houseplants can absorb and break down harmful chemicals in the air, creating a healthy ecosystem in your home or room. To support this finding, we did some experiments ourselves and found that having a little greenery in the home can actually help reduce stress and anxiety, a common problem for students who are constantly studying for tests and exams. For people who spend most of their time indoors, it’s a great idea to have plants because they also help increase productivity.
Here are the plants we recommend that will give you the most benefits:
According to research conducted by NASA, the Peace Lily plant helps to refresh the air. It eliminates toxins such as ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which cause eye and respiratory irritation, headaches and nausea. Flowers also give a more elegant atmosphere, making your home much more aesthetically pleasing. The best place to place a peace lily is in the bathroom or damp areas of the house. They do not require direct sunlight.
Cactus are highly recommended for beginners because they are easy to care for. They require very little maintenance, which is perfect for busy students.
It is interesting to note that, unlike most plants, cacti release oxygen throughout the night, which essentially refreshes the air in your home, even while you sleep.
“Cacti and succulents require very little maintenance, there is almost no water, almost no fertilizer, little space, and you don’t have to worry about the soil,” he says.
The aloe plant
Another plant recognized by NASA for its healing properties is aloe. Similar to cacti, it helps improve the air quality in your home and is also very easy to treat.
Moreover, an aloe plant can heal you inside and outside. The gel inside the aloe plant can even help heal cuts or burns, making it multi-functional.
Lavender is a flowering plant that has a very sweet and pleasant aroma. Best known for its anti-stress virtues, the scent of lavender is often used in spa products such as bath salts, skin care creams, soaps and candles. You can place a lavender plant anywhere in your home, but it is especially useful to place it in your bedroom, as it can help you sleep better. The scent of lavender can help soothe restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Lavender plants prefer well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. They also need deep watering, but be careful not to water them very often. Try to water your lavender when the soil is almost dry.
Another great houseplant for the bedroom, the snake plant (also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue”) is one of the most popular for improving indoor air quality. It actually does most of its work at night, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen during sleep. Snake plants also remove all kinds of toxins from the air, including trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene and xylene. To maximize its power to purify the air throughout your home, you will probably need more than one plant. Plan to purchase 6 to 8 serpentine plants that are at waist height for optimal air purification. Considered one of the easiest plants to care for, snake plants perform very well when placed in indirect sunlight. They don’t need to be watered much, and they grow better if you let them dry out between waterings.
Although these plants make a great addition to any home and are fairly easy to work with, be sure to do some research before choosing your plant friend.