Author: Esperance Tide
Published: April 11, 2018
Yes, plants sure are pretty, and I haven’t seen such a resurgence in indoor plants since the 90s. But did you know there are many health benefits to that pot plant on your bedside table? NASA’s Clean Air Study discovered plants could remove airborne pollutants back in 1989, and a string of experts have spouted the benefits of plants to reduce stress or ease insomnia. So next time you want some greenery in your bedroom, give these varieties a go.
Snake Plant, or Mother In Law’s Tongue (depending on who you’re married to), is a popular indoor plant because of it’s funky foliage. But popping a few of these bad boys in your room will also turn it into a bonafide nighttime oxygen factory, as well as filter out chemical nasties.
If you’re lacking in a green thumb, this is the plant for you. Both hardy and handsome, Aloe Vera releases oxygen throughout the night and purifies the air of chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde. You can snap some off next time you’re sunburnt, too.
One good sniff of lavender is usually enough to convince most people of its relaxing properties, but research has also shown it can slow down heart rate and lower blood pressure and levels of stress. It’s a good one for all you trendsetters out there—so rustic.
I admit I associate ivy with evil witches from fairy tales, but this sophisticated plant will look great in your boudoir and can also help to ease asthma. Research found the English variety can remove 78% of airborne mould in 12 hours. Impressive.
Easy to keep, Jasmine lives well in pots and will look good on your windowsill with regular watering. Its lovely fragrance will not only neutralise bad smells, but a good whiff of it transmits signals to your limbic system, the region of the brain that regulates emotions.
These girls have pretty leaves and will kindly reward you for your diligence with the occasional white flower. But better yet, Peace Lily absorbs mould spores through its leaves and down to the roots to use as food. You’ve got to love a good looker with an appetite.