There are a number of reasons that houseplants are beneficial for our homes, but some special species are particularly known for their healing properties. While the weather is feeling a little chilly outside, it’s the perfect time to focus on what you’ve got going on indoors. So, try decorating your home with beautiful plants that can also be used to boost your health. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of healing houseplants that you should keep in your home this February:
Perhaps one of the most famous healing houseplants is Aloe Vera. It can be used for much more than mere decoration. The leaves are where the power lies, with special aloe vera gel that can remedy a number of problems, including healing burn wounds. There is research to suggest that aloe vera gel also contains antibacterial compounds that can minimise infection.
Lavender has long been known for its calming properties that can help you fall into a deep sleep. It’s widely used in sleep aids such as lavender spray or bundles to keep under your pillow as aromatherapy. This beautifully scented plant can be grown indoors, as long as it has plenty of access to sunlight and fresh air.
The lemon balm plant has been shown to help with stress reduction and anxiety. Much like lavender, lemon balm can help to induce a sense of calmness. This is especially helpful for those struggling with anxiety. Lemon balm is typically used in essential oils, but the leaves can also be used for medicinal purposes.
While many of us may not immediately associate a chilli with healing houseplants, they do actually have some benefit to our health. Chilli’s can be metabolism boosting, increasing our resting metabolic rate thanks to the fiery kick. This can also help to curb the appetite from salty and fatty foods. Not only this, but they also contain more vitamin C than oranges! Making them rich in antioxidants when you’re feeling ill.
Greenery around the home has always been said to improve the air quality. Boston fern is particularly good at this. It has an ability to balance your home’s moisture levels it acts as a dehumidifier. An excellent choice for those who suffer with dry skin. They can also help to remove harmful toxins from the air, improving the overall air quality in your home.
Fresh peppermint isn’t just a stylish addition to your home décor, it’s also one of the best healing houseplants. The active compound in mint is menthol. This can help improve airflow when our sinuses are feeling bunged up. Additionally, numerous studies show that peppermint can help to reduce symptoms of IBS such as bloating and indigestion.
Plants can help to make your home feel brighter, cheerier and generally more attractive thanks, to their beautiful leaves and colourful flowers. But if you want want to get more out of your plants other than a decorative feature, healing houseplants can be the perfect addition to your home.