I get the craziest looks when I tell my friends that the plants in my home are a key factor in de-stressing my daily life. Okay, it’s not like I come home and ivy vines give me a shoulder massage while I settle down on the couch.
The stress reducing effects of plants are a little more subtle than that. It’s in the air that they clean and the feeling of life that they can add to a room. Numerous studies have shown that the addition of plants to homes, offices, and hospital rooms have had positive effects on health, attitudes, and even the amount of medication patients needed to recover.
It’s not crazy, it’s science!
Here are some great additions to any home that can help you relax a little bit more when you make it through that front door.
This is a great entry plant for the first time green-grower. Snake Plants are fairly low maintenance and can exist in warm and cool climates making them ideal for dealing with the fluctuations of temperature inside your home.
They don’t require a lot of watering, as low as every couple of months during the winter time nor do they need a lot of sunlight, making them a perfect plant for filling up a lonely little corner.
Snake Plants bring the power of bad air absorption into your home. They’re great for cleaning nitrogen oxide and formaldehyde out of the air, chemicals commonly found in home building products and emitted by fuel burners such as water heaters.
The Chinese Evergreen
This is another great plant for those looking for a low level of commitment. They do just fine in low to medium light are even resistant to pests. They do regular watering and moist soil, but be careful not to drown them.
Like the Snake Plant, the Chinese Evergreen is equally suited to the task of indoor-air purification.
The Peace Lily
These are great plants for promoting good physical health. Peace Lilies are part of a group of plants known for actually raising the humidity of a room, and a more humid room is one less likely to cause dry noses, scratchy throats, headaches, and coughs.
They do require a bit more care on the part of the owner. Put them in a brightly lit room but not in direct sunlight, keep them in moist soil but in a pot with drainage to help prevent root rot, and be careful handling it. While Peace Lilies are beautiful flowering plants, they are also poisonous, making them less than ideal candidates around kids or pets that like eating your plants.
Whatever Makes You Feel Like Home!
There’s a whole world full of plants out there that make great and colorful additions to your home. They can add color where color is needed! The best plants are the ones that match your personality and your décor. If cacti are your thing, then add a few cacti! Just not anywhere you’re likely to stumble into one.
Myself, personally, I enjoy the kind of houseplant that eats troublesome ex-boyfriends. Although the legal ramifications of that are a mess to deal with!