Over the past 12 months, many of us have grown our houseplant collection with search volume for “house plants delivered” increasing by 400%, and “buy houseplants online” by 200%.
According to NASA*, indoor plants can remove up to 87% of toxins in the surrounding air and water, in just 24 hours of entering a home! It’s also been found that houseplants can suppress your sympathetic nervous system**, which means they can lower your blood pressure and make you calmer.
As Tuesday 13th April is Plant Appreciation Day, there’s no better day to increase your collection of mood-boosting houseplants. But which houseplants are the best for boosting your mood? Below Wren Kitchens reveal the best plants for boosting your mood.
Top Mood-Boosting Houseplants – Aloe vera
The gel from aloe vera can help to soothe acne, burns and dry skin, helping you both physically and mentally. To allow your aloe vera plant to thrive, place it in bright but indirect sunlight, and let it dry in between watering.
Top Mood-Boosting Houseplants – Lavender
Place your lavender plant in the bedroom, and the scent will help to reduce your stress levels, enabling you to sleep better. To let it grow, water it regularly and leave it in a place that gets a lot of light.
Top Mood-Boosting Houseplants – Snake plant
Had issues in the past with keeping plants alive? Try a snake plant – they need minimal care, but can really help to improve your wellbeing as they add moisture to the air and release oxygen. They’re particularly ideal for people who suffer from allergies – and interestingly, they were the most Googled plant in lockdown!
Top Mood-Boosting Houseplants – Peace lily
Peace lilies are great houseplants to have, as not only do they soak up mould spores in the air; they also absorb their own water before releasing it back into their environment – so place your peace lily in a dry room.
If you want your peace lily to flower, simply place it out in the morning light, and remove it from the evening light. You should also make sure you keep its soil damp, and lightly mist its leaves regularly. Just be aware that peace lilies are poisonous to pets, so be sure to keep them out of harm’s way.
Top Mood-Boosting Houseplants – Monstera plant
You’ve likely seen the Monstera (also referred to as a Swiss cheese plant) clogging up your Insta feed, but they can actually boost your mood. They purify the air, making your home healthier – plus, you can grow new plants from their cuttings.
Monstera plants are toxic to animals and children, so again, you need to be careful with where you place them. They thrive in humid environments, away from direct sunlight – making the bathroom the best option.
Top Mood-Boosting Houseplants – English ivy
Like peace lilies, English ivy absorbs mould in the air, helping to purify your home; and it also has properties that help you to stop being restless, meaning you can enjoy a better night’s sleep. To keep your English ivy healthy, simply place it in sunlight, and make sure its soil stays slightly dry.