Did you know that lavender, known for its lilac petals and calming aroma, is also a great stress-reliever?
Sure you’d agree that houseplants are vital for pretty and healthy living spaces.
Lavender is just one; in this guide, we’ll reveal 12 more affordable, potent, and pretty plants for your indoor healing gardens.
Note: We’ve shortlisted these 12 from a list of 50+ plants, and preferred the ones whose healing powers extend beyond the medical, and overlap with the spiritual.
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is an excellent air-purifier. As a humidifier, it restores moisture in the air. So, buy the Boston Fern if you suffer from dry skin. Your Boston Ferns will remove traces of formaldehyde from the air. And while they do so, they’ll look beautiful dangling from dainty baskets.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)— a member of the mint family — is a calming herb. People from the Middle Ages used it for stress and anxiety, promoting sleep(a mild sedative), improving appetite, and easing pain and discomfort from indigestion.
It also acts as an antiviral and helps battle both herpes and shingles. What else? Well, lemon balm is an impeccable mosquito repellant. Juice out the scent from the leaves and let it float in the air for a bit. You will be surprised by the results.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), according to a study by the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, helps in strengthening memory and improving concentration. It removes formaldehyde, eliminates xylene, removes toluene, and absorbs benzene from the air. It can also help alleviate eye irritation after long hours of staring at screens.
Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) is versatile. It keeps the indoor air clean, and you can use it to treat burns and minor rashes, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Slice open one of the many fleshy stalks of the plant and you will find a gooey gel-like substance—use it to treat any skin ailment.
Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens) has the highest transpiration rate among houseplants known to humidify air. Naturally, Areca Palms prevent asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, and dry, wrinkled skin. Expect your plans to assist in dealing with anxiety.
The leaves of Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) are usually crushed and brewed into tea. This natural tea calms you and helps you sleep better. You can also chop the flowers and place them in a muslin bag with a drawstring to make a teabag—use it cool if you have puffy eyes.
English Ivy(Hedera helix) has antioxidant, antispasmodic, and anti-allergic effects. If you have a persisting mold problem in your house, English Ivy will help mask it. It absorbs carbon monoxide and in doing so, improves air quality.
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is a great oxygen-producer. It produces oxygen at night too, unlike other plants. It doesn’t just absorb harmful toxins from the air but decreases the probability of airborne allergies too. It is meant for the low-lit areas of the house so make sure you prevent its exposure to direct sunlight.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) can arguably be a great addition to your indoor space. Aside from purifying air, it absorbs acetone vapors found in house paints and reduces the chances of low blood pressure and headache. It is drought-resistant so all you need to do is water it once a week.
Rosemary (Salvia Rosmarinus)—usually remembered for its flavourful addition to a sizzling slice of steak—is often used to improve memory and concentration. A meager sniff of the plant can relieve stress as it is believed to reduce levels of cortisol, a hormone responsible for mood swings. Oil from this plant helps stimulate hair growth and even increases blood circulation. It’s a whole package, really. It is drought tolerant but requires full sun. It may even help in reducing inflammation of any kind.
Spider plants (Chlorophytum Comosum), according to a study, removed toxic compounds from a sealed Plexiglas chamber in 24 hours by as much as 95%. They are known to absorb ozone and clear airborne irritants. Make sure you water them weekly and expose them to moderate to bright light. Spider plants are therapeutic.
Lavender (Lavandula) releases stress. Not just that, it helps relieve asthma symptoms and even brings down blood pressure. You can chop up the flowers, put them in a small sachet and place it under your pillow—works wonders for your anxiety. It is used as a natural home remedy to relieve pain.
So, which one is it going to be? Boston Ferns and Areca Palms are our favorites; they’re ridiculously pretty, grow well, and are nothing short of blessings in a garden.
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