The restorative effect of gardens is well documented, but what if you live in an apartment that is lacking in outdoor space? Although you have your daily exercise to enjoy the outdoors, the lockdown could be adding additional stresses to your life. Your home can also have a positive effect on your wellbeing, and at The Apartment Company we have taken a look at the incredible house plants that can help reduce your anxieties.
How do they help?
The simple answer is that house plants improve the air quality in your home and therefore can improve the quality of your health. Studies have shown that they help reduce anxiety, improving your attentiveness and productivity, lowering blood pressure and even decreasing mild depression. They are therefore a wonderfully natural way to aid your lockdown wellbeing.
When you feel frustration and stress rising, it could be time to reach for some peppermint, which has been found to boost alertness and lower frustration. You find menthol in this plant, which helps your muscles to relax, so it’s no wonder that it’s commonly found in bath products. What better way to end your day than to grab a couple of peppermint leaves, chop them up and add them to a lovely warm bath.
One of the current house plant trends is succulents, which can be found in most home stores and supermarkets. Studies have shown that these little plants have health benefits too, as they can improve your mood, productivity and concentration. Not only that, they can help to reduce stress and anxiety. What’s more, they are hard to kill – just give them a little sunshine and they will be happy, as they can survive without water for several weeks they are the perfect stress-free plant to have in your home.
It’s no surprise that this plant, whether planted inside or out, has incredibly relaxing qualities as well as a calming scent. You could place it near your bed to help you sleep, or just enjoy the wonderful colour whilst in bloom. Lavender is often recommended to treat anxiety and depression, so what better plant to have in your home during lockdown?
Another house plant that can help improve sleep is Jasmine. With its sweet scent, you are likely to feel more at peace and less anxious, allowing you to wake up feeling fresh and ready to start the day. When it comes to looking after your wellbeing, both mental and physical, sleep plays an essential role. Many of us are struggling with our sleep during this time of uncertainty, so why not let some of nature’s plants help you to a enjoy a wonderful slumber?
This brightly coloured plant would be a vibrant and welcome addition to your home, but more than that, it has been proven to purify the air. As well as its air-purifying qualities, it’s often used to treat high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, headaches, dizziness and swelling – not only that, it can also lessen stress and worry. That’s a lot of benefits for one colourful house plant.
Originally from Mexico and South America, air plants are named for the way their wiry and short roots attach themselves to branches rather than rooting in soil. These plants are wonderfully easy to take care of, and again are fantastic for relieving anxiety. They help to lower carbon dioxide in the air, together with removing chemical pollutants whilst adding oxygen back, helping you to breathe more easily.
Many of us have a herb garden inside our homes, perfect for when we need a bit of something extra in a dish we are conjuring up in the kitchen. Rosemary, a perennial herb, has a scent that evokes the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint family. It can be used to aid digestion – make a tea by infusing chopped leaves in boiling water. This popular herb is said to improve your memory function, improve air quality, banish anxiety and reduce stress.
The increasing popularity of house plants is well documented in home interior magazines, adding them will not only keep your apartment on trend, but will continue to help your wellbeing in and out of lockdown.