House Plants To Change Your Moods

Even if you don't have a spacious yard, you can still be an active gardener, and better yet, you can cater your garden to improve your own health and well-being. There are many plants that can be grown either indoors or in a small outdoor space, such as a garden or patio area, that can improve the quality of the air you breathe.

The benefits of house plants are extensive — from increasing your metabolism to raising endorphin levels to removing toxins from the air, new research has shown how house plants can affect our moods. There are so many different ways that house plants can help you create a relaxing space; they not only provide beauty, but also a healthy and happy environment.

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  • Lavender Promotes Serenity
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    Lavender is a very popular scent, and for good reason. The fragrant herb has been used for centuries in healing everything from anxiety to fatigue. Researchers have proven that the scent of lavender has a calming and soothing effect, which is ideal if you're coming home from work after a long, stressful day. Potted lavender looks pretty as well, and you can take full advantage of the blooms by drying them and using them in various recipes.

  • Looking to stay focused? Many people have a hard time concentrating while trying to work or study, but it turns out that adding plants to your workspace can help. According to Charlie Hall of Texas A&M University, "Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration." He also adds that, "Studies show tasks performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result."

  • Along with a handful of other benefits, rosemary can be used to increase focus. It's been shown to significantly improve memory and alertness while reducing reaction times. It's sometimes used with patients experiencing Alzheimer's and dementia. Placing a dried sprig of rosemary in your pocket or near where you're working can help you stay focused throughout the day.

  • Snake Plants Help Purify Bathrooms

    Snake Plants Help Purify Bathrooms
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    The unique-looking snake plant, also known as "Mother-in-Law's Tongue," can filter formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is found in common home goods such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and other hygiene products. The long, slender leaves filter out pollutants and enjoy steamy environments, making them excellent in the bathroom.

  • Aloe vera has long been known as a healing plant. Its thick, clear gel has a soothing effect on burns, and it can also be used to treat cuts and skin infections. Aloe assists with digestive health and is easily grown indoors, making it a handy plant to have around the house or in your garden.

  • Basil Is An Anti-Inflammatory
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    Two strains of basil from Southeast Asia, Ocimum americanum and Ocimum tenuiflorum, have anti-inflammatory properties. This flavorful herb has been used as medicine for centuries, but researchers have only recently proven the effectiveness of basil as an anti-inflammatory substance. It is used to reduce swelling associated with arthritis as well as add flavor to various dishes.