5 houseplants to help manage stress

Houseplants have many advantages: they make any space more comfortable, perfectly moisturize the air, please the eye and cheer you up. But scientists have found that house plants are capable of more than just this.

Some of them can benefit our mental health: reduce anxiety, relieve stress, relieve insomnia, and even protect against the development of depression.

Spathiphyllum

Spathiphyllum plant
Spathiphyllum plant – ŠiStockphotos

Spathiphyllum, also called the peace lily, is one of the most effective plants for filtering the air. It helps fight mold spores and toxic household chemicals, including benzene, xylene, and carbon monoxide.

This helps to reduce symptoms caused by exposure to harmful substances. These include fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbances, poor appetite, dizziness, sneezing, and coughing.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera
Aloe vera

Aloe vera is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties and is often used to heal wounds, treat burns, acne, eczema, etc. But this plant is also great at removing harmful chemicals from the air, the exposure of which increases the risk of unreasonable anxiety, fear, and anxiety in a person.

Lavender

Lavender plant
Lavender plant

Strong yet pleasant, the scent of lavender is excellent for soothing, relieving stress, relieving headaches, and helping you fall asleep faster. A study by researchers from King’s College London showed that the smell of lavender significantly reduces the level of anxiety in people who are afraid of dentists.

When the participants in the experiment breathed in the scent of the plant, they had a natural sense of calmness, and they dealt with their fear of dental treatment.

Rosemary

Rosemary plant
Rosemary plant

Most often, rosemary is used as a seasoning for meat and fish dishes, giving them a special, slightly pine-like aroma. But as a houseplant, rosemary also acts as an excellent anti-stress: its scent lowers cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood.

Scientists have also found that rosemary improves cognitive function and reduces anxiety.

Jasmine

Jasmine plant
Jasmine plant

Another aromatic herb that improves brain function and may help relieve symptoms of certain mental illnesses. Research has shown that the scent of jasmine has therapeutic properties that can be used as a medicinal alternative in the treatment of depression and insomnia.

This is because jasmine works on the central nervous system to calm the nerves, reduce anxiety and anxiety, and improve sleep quality.

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