Houseplants don’t just purify the air in your home; they have a lot of other health benefits as well, both externally and internally — especially if you have a liking for herbs.
Anyone who calls themselves a nature lover should consider getting houseplants. Their beauty and fresh fragrance is a good enough reason to add them to any room of the house. However, they do a lot more than look good: they’re living things and foster a sense of peace, joy, and health where ever they are.
No matter where they are, they purify the air and release oxygen. Even inside the home, plants do that — and much more. They “attract” good fortune, give the space a sense of tranquility, and repel insects.
Benefits of houseplants
Plants are a practical, budget-friendly way to beautify your home, plus with such a wide variety of flowers, fragrances, and colors to choose from, they go well with any home decor style. However, they do so much more than that: they can make you healthier. Here are some of the primary health benefits of houseplants:
They improve the air quality
Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and then release the oxygen that we breathe in. They “trap” it, thus reducing pollution and particles in the air.
They can be used to make home remedies
All kinds of plants have healing properties. They’re used in the pharmaceutical industry to make medication, and at home you can use them yourself to prepare medicinal teas, ointments, and other homemade remedies. Plus, they add moisture to the air, something that’s good for your skin.
Houseplants reduce stress
Having plants around the house and taking care of them is a great hobby to get into if you need to disconnect from the business of daily life and fend off depression. In fact, it has been shown that they help reduce work stress by 15% and improve focus by 70%. They also increase productivity by 12%.
They help prevent respiratory issues
Since they add moisture to the air and reduce dust levels, houseplants are also good for your respiratory airways. They help give you energy.
Additional benefits of houseplants
Plants keep your home cool on sunny days, since they absorb the sun’s rays in order to make their own food. That’s why you’ll notice a cooling effect if you have a lot of greenery around.
They can also produce food for you — healthy and very fresh food. You can be sure it will be nutritious and flavorful. Whether you have a big garden in the yard or small planters indoors, you can take advantage of them to get fresh food from a very small investment.
A few examples of simple, inexpensive vegetables to grow are:
The possibilities are endless: small fruit trees, spices, herbs… The only thing you really need to think about is whether they will get enough sun, and if you’ll be able to water them enough.
Houseplants: which ones should I pick?
Now that you know why you should get houseplants, the question is which ones you should choose. You have a lot of options. If you want to take advantage of their health benefits, here are some especially good ones:
- Aloe vera. It is good for healing cuts and wounds, it has an astringent effect, and it’s good for your digestion. Aloe vera can also lower your cholesterol and triglycerides, regulate your blood sugar, and help your body absorb nutrients better. It attacks bacteria, supporting your immune system, and is even a powerful anti-inflammatory.
- Ginger. This root vegetable works as an antibiotic, perfect for colds or the flu. It’s full of antioxidants, and it’s also an anti-parasite and antibacterial. Use it to treat muscle pain, headaches, and joint pain. Ginger is also effective for dizziness and nausea.
- Eucalyptus. The leaves are used for certain respiratory illnesses and conditions. It speeds up healing and is useful for rheumatism.
- Mint. Asthma, allergies, colds, and cough: they can all find some relief with mint. It’s also used for flatulence, abdominal pain, and migraines. Mint is one of the most widely used herbs in aromatherapy, too.
- Garlic. Besides giving flavor to your food, garlic is also used in natural medicine to reduce inflammation and help your immune system work better. Additionally, it fights cancer cells and protects your heart.
- Thyme. Due to its high amounts of vitamin A and C, copper, fiber, and magnesium, thyme is a must-have. You can use it to treat pain, fluid retention, PMS, depression, oral conditions, and even hangovers. Plus, it improves your memory and calms you down.