Rejuvenate Your Space with Plants
Plants don’t just elevate the look of your space, they create a calm space to take refuge and be rejuvenated. Bringing the outdoors in can help satisfy your desire and need to be closer to nature all year round. Better yet! There is scientific proof plants extend their peaceful power to us in more ways than one. They beautify a home while simultaneously cleaning its air by removing toxins and creating calm.
Having plants in your space has even been shown to increase creativity and productivity. Altogether, plants ultimately play a significant role in reducing stress. Giving your plants the TLC they need to thrive can be very rewarding once you get the hang of it. We’ll explore five plants that are easy to care for and will soften your spaces while giving them a green boost that promotes a healthy body and mind.
Aloe vera is a popular houseplant that has won home gardeners over for its hardiness and tolerance for low watering (good news, black thumbs!). Considered a succulent, it’s well known that aloe vera produces a gel-like substance that can be used to naturally soothe skin, particularly for cuts and burns. That’s not all this powerful plant can do, though. It also purifies the air in your space by removing common pollutants. A double dose for the health of your home, this “wonder plant” has been used therapeutically since ancient times.
The Peace Lily
The peace lily (spathiphyllum) not only looks beautiful with its dark leaves and white flowers, but it’s relatively low maintenance. It is very tolerant to low watering just like aloe vera mentioned above. Like other plants in this post, peace lilies literally extend their peace to you by will reducing common toxins in the atmosphere of your home. If you’re a green thumb, peace lilies are also great for propagating and making new plant pals.
Bamboo palm is a popular choice for a houseplant with its versatility and tropical vibe. It’s easy to grow and care for and like other plants in this post, and is known to help reduce atmospheric toxicity through natural respiration. There are multiple kinds of bamboo, but the bamboo palm (chamaedorea) is rated by NASA’s Clean Air Study as one of the most purifying plants for your space. Tolerant to low light, just place near a window and water occasionally to maintain well-drained soil and your bamboo palm will thrive.
The Snake Plant
Snake plants (sansevieria) are incredibly low maintenance making them a popular choice as plant pals. A little light and a little water go a long way. With its elongated and bold leaves, this plant is the perfect space-saving indoor plant. Also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue, this is one MIL you’ll be happy to have around. Even in your bedroom! Why? Carbon dioxide is absorbed during the day and oxygen is released at night. Snake plants are one of the few plants that do this. Other plants typically release oxygen during the day. Putting a snake plant in your bedroom will help you sleep easy as it helps cleans the air for healthy respiration.
Hanging or Trailing Vines
Hoya, ivy, and other vine plants that can be naturally trained to hang or trail can be grouped and styled to have a big impact in your home — visually and for maximum health benefits as the vines quietly and humbly recycle air. Hang vines from a bookshelf or baskets. Train them to climb walls or grow around fixtures such as mirrors. This not so creepy style of plant communicates growth and calm to anyone entering your space. Examples of common vines are spider plants, pothos and philodendron. All are easy to care for and easy to propagate too.
Inviting Plants into Your Space
Inviting a variety of plants into your home will help rejuvenate you and your space. Naturally, these plants will reduce common toxins in your home as they “breathe” in carbon dioxide and exhale pure oxygen. Plus, studies have shown the simple presence of plants can help people feel more at ease.
Two to three medium-sized plants for every 100 sq. ft. will help clean the air and rejuvenate your space. Especially if you add the powerhouse plants mentioned above. Adding even more plants will help your home get healthy is less time. You’ll notice a difference in just one week. When buying plants think about where you spend the most time (and the growing conditions of those rooms), such as a home office, where you watch TV or read, or bedrooms where you sleep. Add plants to these spaces and watch little miracles happen!