For many people who aren’t able to travel and seek respite in nature parks, forests, and mountains, collecting indoor plants has become an effective diversion. Indoor plants provide stress relief when nature seems so out of reach. Not only do they beautify your home and boost your mood, but they also have proven health benefits.
Plants, when kept inside a home, help improve the air you breathe by filtering out harmful toxins and pollutants. Some indoor plants like herbs can even give it a tinge of aromatic fragrance. No wonder they are effective anti-stress plants.
If you don’t have any stress-relieving indoor plants yet, now’s the time to create a little piece of sanctuary in your home and workspace. Check out these plants to add to your home now.
Cactus is perhaps the most popular kind of succulent and is also the perfect choice for starters. Cacti are also quite a head-turner as they’re not your typical leafy plants. Moreover, since they’re so good at storing water, cacti require little maintenance. You only need to water them once a week and let them get some sunshine for a few hours (but not a whole day).
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The peace lily is another low-maintenance indoor plant for stress relief. They don’t require a lot of watering. What makes the peace lily special is its white flowers that evoke some sense of serenity. If you want to bring out these beautiful white blooms, it’s best to place them on a spot with adequate exposure to sunlight.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
The spider plant is great to have when you have kids and pets at home due to its non-toxic and air-purifying qualities. In fact, it’s even safe to ingest. This stress-relieving indoor plant is medium in size so you can easily make it the centerpiece of your coffee table or work desk. It only requires watering once a week or when the soil is dry.
Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
If you’re into feng shui, you may know the money tree as a bearer of good fortune. In a way, it may be true—this anti-stress plant helps you live a good life by absorbing impurities and giving you clean air. The money tree can grow as tall as a person, so they’re usually placed by the side of furniture or a couch in well-lit areas.
Herbs are not merely a relish for your dishes and drinks. But if you do enjoy them in your food, it may benefit you greatly to grow them as indoor plants. Not only will you have these healthy condiments at your disposal, but you will also gain stress relief by just inhaling their therapeutic aroma. Some of the easiest (and most delicious) herbs to grow as stress-relieving indoor plants are basil, oregano, mint, and chives.
Orchids are some of the most adorable plants that can add a lot of color and scent to your house. There are different orchid types and colors to choose from, so you’ll definitely find ones that suit your taste. They can be placed on your table or be in hanging baskets over your living room or workspace. Common orchids like cattleya, moth, and dancing lady are easy to care for as long as you put them in amply lit areas and hydrate them weekly.
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Words by Rei Leano
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