6 Plants That Can Make You Happier
Posted on April 09 2020
It's natural to feel stressed, worried, scared, anxious, or otherwise, not yourself at times in life. Whether it's linked to a global pandemic like coronavirus, brought on during certain seasons, due to a mood disorder, or a variety of other reasons, anything that helps inject a little happiness in your life can be a welcome presence.
We put together a list of plants for you to consider — both indoor and outdoor — as a way to boost your mood whenever you're feeling down. Here are 6 plants capable of providing some much-needed stress relief.
1. Aloe Vera
We think of aloe when we want to soothe skin (it's a common remedy for rashes and burns) but did you know that it can also soothe the mind?
When grown indoors, it's incredibly low-maintenance and can remove toxic particles from the air, allowing you to breathe better and stay more upbeat.
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Ferns come in many different varieties and look great in your garden, but the real benefit of these prehistoric beauties comes when they're indoors.
Because these plants are so dense, they cycle more air more efficiently, acting like a natural humidifier — great for indoor air quality.
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Most people think of jasmine as an outdoor plant with a pleasant scent, but this benefit can be amplified when grown indoors, in a pot.
Most people know how much of an impact smell can have on their lives. Why settle for a cheap, artificial-smelling air freshener when you can go straight to the source and put a jasmine plant in your bedroom?
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4. Kitchen Herbs (Basil, Rosemary, Oregano)
Each of these common cooking herbs can be grown inside or out, and when consumed, each has its own mood-boosting properties.
- Basil contains linalool, a compound shown to fight depression.
- The scent of rosemary is often used in massage oils to provide relaxation and calm.
- Oregano has been shown in trials to have anti-depressant properties.
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Succulents are most known for their low need for maintenance, wide variety, and ability to be arranged in beautiful ways.
The practice of arranging succulent displays inside or out can serve as a calming way to pass the time, especially during seasons (or events) when you're restricted in your ability to leave your home.
When grown inside, succulents release more oxygen than many other plants, which may provide benefits like a boost in sleep quality.
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There's a reason why, if you ask almost any aromatherapist, they'll say lavender is a scent that they see as irreplaceable in their line of work. Like jasmine, the smell of fresh lavender sedates, provides calm, and helps remove the stress of everyday life.
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Growing Plants Effectively With Help From Greenway Biotech
While none of these plants are especially difficult to grow, indoors or out, if you've read any of our past articles, you know that plants grow best when the soil contains the right mix of nutrients. This applies to both indoor and outdoor growing environments — these mood-boosting benefits will be more easily attained when you use our eco-friendly, water-soluble fertilizers to improve the growth of your plants.
With that in mind, we all need some natural stress relief at times, in the face of a global crisis like coronavirus and any other time we feel a bit down. Consider trying a few of these growing suggestions in your own home and let us know how it works!