By Emma Shacklock published
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.
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?
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, 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?
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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