The studies are in, and the research shows that having plants around and digging our fingers into the Powell River dirt is good for our mental and physical health. Surrounding yourself with plants is said to help reduce stress, lower our blood pressure, and improve sleep quality. Being near live greenery can also improve concentration, productivity, and improve your mood.
There are so many plants that can have a positive effect on our health—and not just when we eat them! We’ve picked out five indoor plants for wellness that we love, all of which are easy to grow and even easier to love.
Houseplants that Improve Wellness
Is your New Year’s resolution to live your best life, starting now? Pick up these health-boosting houseplants today!
Snake Plants are visually striking, and they’re pretty easy to care for. They’re an excellent choice for the bedroom because of the way they absorb CO2. Most plants take in CO2 and release oxygen (photosynthesis) during the day, and then respirate and release CO2 at night. Snake plants have a slightly different photosynthesis process called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM), in which they also absorb CO2 at night. Whatever you do, don’t overwater your Snake Plant—they strongly prefer to dry out between waterings.
Aloe Vera is another easy-care plant that’s great to keep around. Not only does it have a unique and interesting shape, but it also has amazing benefits for natural skincare. Aloe Vera is great for soothing minor burns; simply pull off a thick leaf and slice it open or peel some skin off to expose the flesh. You can apply the gel inside the leaves directly to burns, or use it to soothe and heal acne. Like Snake Plants, Aloe is an arid-environment native, so let it dry out between watering.
Healthier Living with Air Cleaning Plants
These powerful air-purifiers are excellent wellness additions to your home. These plants will be available at Mother Nature in the spring!
Peace Lily is not just beautiful, it’s also a vigorous air cleaner. Peace Lily absorbs and neutralizes benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide molecules in our air. These chemicals can be found in our homes from paint, new furniture, and even flooring. Peace lily likes a consistently warm temperature, so its best in a room or location with very few drafts. Moderate-indirect light is best, and it should be watered when the leaves start to droop.
Boston Fern is dramatic and hardworking. They absorb more formaldehyde than any other plant, and they can also filter out any exhaust fumes that may creep in from an attached garage. Boston Ferns are a little higher maintenance, but they’re worth it. They like cooler room temperatures and lots of humidity. If your house is dry you’ll want to mist your Boston Fern every day or run a humidifier near it.
Chinese Evergreen is another excellent air-cleaner, and probably the easiest one to grow. Chinese evergreen removes benzene and formaldehyde from the air. It’s flexible in lower-light or bright light situations. It likes to dry out between watering and is very forgiving if you forget to water for a while. It pretty leaves feature a muted green with red and white veining throughout.
Bring the positive influence of gardening and live plants into your home or office with the health and wellness benefits of these indoor beauties. If you’d like to add some indoor plants with health benefits to your space, stop by our garden center here in Powell River for a visit. We’ve got a wide variety of houseplants to choose from, and we can help you pick out ones that offer the most wellness benefits.