Houseplants are nature's way of telling you that going green starts at home.
Not only do they look great and bring vitality and life to your living spaces, but can also have fantastic relaxing and purifying benefits which promote a healthy sleeping pattern. Houseplants help release stress and anxiety.
Having houseplants can be a nice way to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside, adding a splash of colour and helping to act as natural air purifiers, by taking in carbon dioxide and giving off fresh oxygen.
A research by NASA confirms that a variety of plants can improve sleep quality. Also in a 2008 study, Dutch researchers found that hospital patients with indoor plants in their rooms reported lower stress levels than patients without them.
We've rounded up 5 beautiful houseplants that are easy to take care of and effective at increasing oxygen and clearing out toxins for cleaner breathing air:
Aloe Vera, listed as NASA’s top indoor plant, is a boon to healthy sleeping. The primary reason behind its usefulness is that it emits oxygen at night too. Increased oxygen supply at night may help with insomnia and improve overall quality of sleep. Easy to grow and maintain, it does not require direct sunlight. Not only this, the gel from the Aloe Vera leaves is a topical treatment for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and ever-appalling acne! A must-have in every home!
Popular for its essential oils, Lavender is regarded as a soothing and scented plant. It not only smells wonderful, but can also reduce anxiety and stress and improve your sleep. It is also known to calm restless babies; as proven by research.
In women, lavender has been shown to facilitate deeper sleep and decrease rapid-eye movement (REM). While there are various lavender scented products, such as pillows and scents, why not opt for a beautiful bedside plant and wake up to its refreshing smell, in all its natural glory.
The smell from the Jasmine plant has been shown to help improve the quality of sleep. The benefits of deep sleep are obvious: from increased alertness and productivity during the day to a greater enthusiasm without feeling fatigued. With great scents of the beautiful pink and ivory blossoms, there seem to be no downsides to adding a Jasmine to your room.
Easy to care for and an air quality purifier, the Snake Plant, also called the Mother-In Law Plant is one of the top recommended bedroom plants. Much like Aloe Vera, it emits oxygen at night, thus making for a great choice. Studies have shown that having a snake plant in the room helps to avoid eye irritation, respiratory symptoms and headaches. It is air-freshening and atmosphere-enhancing since it purifies common household toxins from the air. Apart from such wholesome benefits, the plant is used as a popular decoration indoors.
Rated as the best houseplant by NASA, the English Ivy is a classic easy-to-grow plant. It has been proven to reduce airborne mold by 94%, which can have a significant benefit for those who suffer from allergies or lung irritation, making it highly beneficial to asthmatic patients.
Houseplants are the ideal dash of color, beauty, aroma and aesthetic to a room. Add a dose of Zen to your sleep by choosing a good mix of plants that purify the air and those that induce sleep through their scent for optimum results.