With winter now in full force, plants to boost your mood have never been more crucial. Adding that little uplift in the days until spring arrives, the perfect houseplant choice could significantly improve how you feel. Shorter days and colder weather can be a little tough for people at the best of times. Now with lockdown restrictions in place, it’s more important than ever to look after your mental wellbeing and many people might look to buy plants online (opens in new tab).
Some have claimed that indoor plants can remove up to 87% of toxins in the surrounding air and water, in just 24 hours of entering a home. So why not bring a little bit of the outdoors indoors this winter?
With search volumes for “house plants delivered” increasing by 400%, and “buy houseplants online” by 200% since lockdown, Wren Kitchens (opens in new tab) reveal the top houseplants to boost your wellbeing (opens in new tab).
What are the top 6 houseplants to boost your mood?
The gel from aloe vera is thought to help soothe acne, burns and dry skin. This can help you both physically and mentally. To allow your aloe vera plant to thrive, simply place it in bright but indirect sunlight, and allow it to dry in between watering.
The soft scent of lavender from a plant in your bedroom can help to reduce stress levels and enable you to sleep better. To let it grow, water it regularly and leave it in a place that gets a lot of light.
If you love houseplants but feel like you’re still in need of some tips on how to look after your plants from indoor to outdoor (opens in new tab), it’s well worth giving a snake plant a try. They require minimal care, yet they add moisture to the air and release oxygen which could help boost wellbeing. They are also ideal for allergy sufferers and according to Wren Kitchens, they were the most Googled plant in lockdown!
Not only do peace lilies oak up mould spores in the air, but they also absorb their water before releasing it back into their environment. So place your peace lily in a dry room and you can enjoy this beautiful houseplant.
Often referred to as a Swiss cheese plant, these popular plants might be forever featured on social media, but they can reportedly also boost your mood. They purify the air around them, helping to make your home healthier. And if you develop a love of all things green, you can even grow new plants from their cuttings.
Just like peace lilies, English ivy absorbs mould in the air, helping to purify your home. It also has properties that could help you to stop being restless, meaning you can enjoy a better night’s sleep too. To help keep your English ivy healthy, place it in sunlight and make sure its soil stays slightly dry.
Will you be buying one of these houseplants this winter?
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