5 Houseplants to Help Reduce Stress

House plants looks great. We all know that! But they many come with health benefits too, such as being proven to improve air quality and your immune system, boost productivity and have an overall positive impact on mental health. To add to that, many studies have shown they help to lower stress levels and improve blood pressure and heart rate, too.

 

If you would like to have a bit of ‘zen’ in your life, here’s 5 indoor plants you can add to you home which help to relieve stress.

 

 Snake plant

Snake plants, in addition to adding a beautiful touch of green to your home, can help improve indoor air by absorbing airborne toxic pollutants, such as formaldehyde and toluene that impact your sleep, mood and energy levels.

 

Jasmine

Studies have found that jasmine has been found to improve brain activity, induce sleep and help alleviate mental illness symptoms. 

In particular, the scent from the Jasmine plant directly impacts the brain’s central nervous system chemical known as GABA. This helps to calm the nerves, reducing anxiety and mild depression, and improving the quality of sleep in individuals.

 

English ivy

English ivy is often overlooked as a house plant. But take a second look – it is easy to care and great for removing harmful toxins from the air in your home. It is particularly good for those suffering from asthma as it will trap any air-born dust particles.

 

Peace lily

This houseplant has a lot going for it. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, the Peace lily also helps eliminate the mould spores in the air. It can help to reduce symptoms associated with mould exposure, including eye irritation, coughing, sneezing, throat irritation and skin irritation.

 

Aloe vera

Research into the behaviour of nurses found that exposure to pollution raises the risk of anxiety symptoms, including fearfulness, desire for avoidance and tendency to worry. The Aloe vera plant can help remove harmful chemicals from the air that can impact our respiratory system and trigger feelings of stress and unease.