We grow mint as an herb for cooking, but a mint plant growing indoors year round can do wonders for your household by just being there. Mint has a soothing aroma great for stress relief. Smelling mint has been shown to promote better mood, improved cognitive function, and better sleep. Place your mint plants throughout your home where you can easily smell their refreshing fragrance. Make sure to keep one handy where you can pluck a few leaves to add to your cup of soothing chamomile tea.
Having aloe plants around the house is great for many reasons, like using their inner gel as a salve for burns. Another aloe health benefit is how they help purify the air. The aloe plant has properties that help clear the air of contaminants like benzene and formaldehyde that come from household cleaners and paint. Environmental pollutants like these chemicals can turn on the body’s stress response, so the fewer the toxins in your home the better for stress relief. Aloe plants also absorb carbon dioxide and release more oxygen into the air.
Skip the Valium and grow some indoor jasmine plants instead. A recent study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that the calming scent of jasmine was as effective as taking a Valium for stress relief, without the side effects of medication. Apparently the aroma of jasmine triggers release of the mood-boosting brain chemical called GABA. Jasmine was so effective for calming the mice in the study that they stopped moving about and rested in a corner. Does this mean putting a jasmine plant in a child’s room could make them quiet as a mouse when it’s time for bed? It’s worth a try!Related: 20 Foods That Can Turn Off the Stress Hormone That Causes Weight Gain
2. Snake Plant
Like the aloe plant, the snake plant is known for having an air purifying effect that can aid in stress relief. A NASA study of “interior landscape plants for indoor air pollution abatement” showed promising results for removal of indoor air pollutants by this and other plants. Especially when placing air purifying plants every 100 feet or so in your home, the snake plant can help remove common household contaminants (benzene, ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, and more) from the air. Try growing a snake plant and other houseplant suggestions from this list, take a deep breath, and let that stress go.
1. Areca Palm
The areca palm houseplant can grow to be very large and might help filter the air as it goes. Like the snake plant, the areca palm takes in toxins from the air to help purify it. Have a smoker in the house? Areca palms in the house might help reduce the amount of toxins caused by cigarette smoke in an enclosed space. Does someone in your family have high blood pressure? Cleaner air has been shown to lower blood pressure and relieve anxiety. Plus, having these plants in our homes brings on the overall soothing effect that connecting with nature can bring.Related: 10 Ways Stress Can Affect Your Body