Most of us, after a stressful day, want nothing better than to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Dim lights, a warm shower or soothing music, can all help us slip away into Slumberland more easily. Another thing which can help you relax and drift off more easily are these 6 house plants which we are about to look at.
Houseplants and Their Benefits
The question as to whether it’s a good or bad idea to keep houseplants in one’s bedroom is a controversial one indeed. Some claim that it’s a bad idea because plants absorb oxygen and emit carbon dioxide.
However, there is research which may suggest that the carbon dioxide amount released by plants is far too insignificant to present any danger to us. Also, the oxygen amounts which they absorb are rather miniscule.
There are many who claim that keeping such plants in one’s bedroom can have benefits to one’s health and well-being, instead of endangering it. There are certain plants which help one sleep better, and some of them even serve as natural air purifiers.
This is because they culture specific microorganisms which can eliminate chemicals and indoor air pollutants. On top of all that, they can also release water vapor into the and rid the environment of any floating germs.
That’s why we’d like to present you with six plants which would make an excellent addition to your bedroom. Let’s take a look at each individually and in more detail.
This one should be no surprise. Most people have already been acquainted with the sleep-related benefits lavender can offer. This is because it can lower one’s heart rate and blood pressure, ensuring we enter a state of relaxation. This information comes from the National Sleep Foundation.
Aromatherapy using lavender has even been proven to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which only further helps one relax and improve their blood circulation.
Another benefit of lavender is that it can be used to calm crying babies and lull them to sleep. Which, of course, also assures a sound, blissful sleep for the new parents.
Some people prefer to obtain these many benefits using lavender essential oil. They are not wrong, of course, but it’s nice to know that you can get the same ones by keeping lavender as a houseplant.
This lovely plant, native to the Mediterranean, also acts as an ideal decoration item, with its gorgeous color and appealing shape. Did you know people have used it since ancient times, stuffing their pillows with it for better sleep quality?
Its distinct aroma helps boost mood, ease the mind and reduce any stress or anxiety. A true winner!
How to Care for Lavender:
- If you can, try and keep this plant near a window facing south.
- If the topmost part of the soil feels dry, water it. Meaning you shouldn’t water it too often as lavender roots, in particular, are prone to rotting if exposed to too much water.
- Since some lavender varieties could grow as big as 3 ft. in width and height, best to go for a smaller variety for using indoors.
Up next we have the stunning, sweetly-fragrant jasmine. Just like in essential oil form, the plant itself has many benefits: it can clear anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue.
But that’s far from all. Those who practice aromatherapy suggest using jasmine to help one regulate their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and even boost their immunity. It also has a calming effect.
There are studies which prove that those who keep this plant in their bedrooms and inhale its scent whole sleeping also have a higher quality of sleep. That means they moved a lot less and slept more soundly than they usually would.
So don’t hesitate to get a jasmine plant and decorate your bedroom with it. Now you know it is so much more than decoration!
How to Care for Jasmine:
- Ideally, you should keep it near a window facing south, in a room with a cooler temperature.
- Make sure your Jasmine gets no more than three to four hours of sunlight each day.
- Keep the soil moist (but not soggy!) and use an indoor fertilizer during spring.
- You can control its size by pruning it in the early springtime.
Our next candidate is a type of herb which is commonly used in cooking. But the kitchen is not the only place where this plant can prove its usefulness.
Ancient medicine praises rosemary for having memory boosting abilities. Nowadays, practitioners say it’s great for supporting circulatory health and the nervous system, as well as boosting concentration and banishing stress.
Whether as a house plant or in essential oil form, it also has the ability to lift your mood and help you sleep more soundly. One can also benefit from its air-purifying abilities.
How to Care for Rosemary:
- Rosemary, while sold in a small form, can grow as big as 3 feet in height and width, so make sure to prune it in order to keep control of its size.
- Water the soil only when it feels dry and during early spring opt for using a slow-release fertilizer.
- This plant requires up to 6 hours of sunlight each day.
4. Snake Plant
Even though the name sounds a bit scary, they make an excellent addition to anyone’s bedroom. And here’s why. It removes carbon dioxide from the air and releases oxygen throughout the entire night! That’s why it is recommended particularly for those with asthma or allergies.
It further proves its role as an air purifier because it can remove hazardous toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene from any indoor areas. Another plus is that this plant is one of the hardest to kill, being very resilient in nature!
How to Care for Snake Plants:
- The great news is that they are fairly low-maintenance and require only a little bit of light.
- Of course, you should also water it from time to time and dust it in order to keep it clean.
- Another good news? It doesn’t need any fertilizing!
5. Spider Plant
Once again, don’t be fooled by the name. They are extremely beneficial thanks to their indoor air purifying and detox abilities. This is because this plant can filter any pollutants floating around.
A study done by NASA discovered that, much like snake plants, spider plants also have the ability to rid the air of carcinogenic chemicals (such as formaldehyde) by as much as 90%! This plant also promotes decent sleep and absorbs any fumes and foul-smelling odors from the air we breathe as well.
How to Care for Spider Plants:
- They are also very resilient, which means they are also low-maintenance!
- They only require a little bit of water from time to time.
- You can try hanging them in a basket. And as they grow (rapidly!) they look fantastic cascading out of the basket.
- It needs only a small amount of sunshine and very little care.
6. English Ivy
It’s simply lovely and makes for a wonderful decoration piece to your bedroom. But its looks are not the only things with which it can boast.
It, much like the other plants on this list, makes for a perfect natural air purifier. It reduces the quantity of mold spores in your home, according to NASA’s Clean Air Study. That means it’s a must-have for all those of you who happen to suffer from mold-related allergies.
Having said that, we still need to warn you that the English Ivy is a plant of the poisonous variety. So just make sure to keep it away from any pets or children which may be attracted by its berries or leaves. The sap this plant produces may also cause certain skin reactions in some individuals.
How to Care for English Ivy:
- Keep it in a shady corner where it can absorb sunlight indirectly.
- Take care to keep it away from any drafty areas or AC vents.
- Prune it regularly in order to control its size. This plant grows rather quickly and vigorously.
- If the soil feels dry to the touch, water it. Otherwise, don’t overdo it with the watering routine.
There you have it, dear readers. We hope you will consider at least one of these plants and decorate your bedrooms with it. Stay healthy!
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Posted by Do The Right Thing on Sunday, October 15, 2017