Several studies have revealed that people who live in urban areas are far more likely to suffer from mental health issues and associated physiological symptoms. Some of the major causes cited for this is the lack of greenery and open spaces, greater environmental pollution, diet aberrations, noise pollution, and general disrespect for healthy life practices.
This is especially true if you spent your formative years in the core city. However, there is a generally greater prevalence of mental issues in rural areas due to the stress brought on by more difficult living conditions. All in all, mental wellness seems to have become an elusive goal irrespective of where you live.
However, a simple reinvention of your lifestyle can greatly help in rediscovering your mental wellness and reconnecting you with inner peace and happiness. One of the most effective and easy ways to do it is with house plants. Now, this may sound like some new-age Zen practice but, in reality, it is quite common for people to keep plants in their homes for several health benefits.
Just tending to the plants and watching them grow and thrive as a reward for your efforts is fulfilling in itself. But more than that, some plants are known to have positive effects on our mental health and well-being. Given below are some plants that have been known to impart visible health benefits to people.
#1. Golden Pothos
The Golden Pothos is ideal for those with high-pressure jobs. It is well-known for its air-purifying qualities, which refreshes you after a tiring day. But what the Pothos plant does best is relieve stress so that a person can work with vigor at full capacity.
#2. Bamboo Palm
Bamboo palms help improve concentration and motivation in people. For children suffering from inattentiveness or adults plagued by a lack of focus, it can do wonders by helping them concentrate on the work at hand.
#3. Peace Lily
Besides increasing a person’s dopamine levels with its beautiful bloom, Peace lilies are efficient volatile organic air pollutant filters like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethylene, all of which have known neuropsychiatric effects on people.
The positive effects of Lavender are already known; they are widely used in aromatherapy, spas, essential oils, and self-care products. The soothing aroma of lavender helps reduce stress and lower anxiety in people.
#5. Gerbera Daisy
The Gerbera daisy adds color and vibrancy to your home and cheers up even the glummest of faces. But, other than the obvious aesthetic effect, these flower plants release oxygen even at night, which helps people with sleeping problems get a good night’s rest.
#6. Snake Plant
Snake plants are superior air purifiers and release oxygen at night too. They solve the sleeping problems of many people, relieve stress, reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety, and improve concentration. And the best part is that they are very low-maintenance plants.
#7. Spider Plant
Spider plants are highly efficient air purifiers, filtering out volatile organic compounds, harmful fumes, and allergens from the air. They also add humidity to the atmosphere. By helping maintain air quality, they alleviate many detrimental effects on the mental health of people.
#8. English Ivy
Most people associate the English ivy with cozy, rustic villas or mysterious gardens. But what they do not know is that it can also serve as a beneficial indoor plant. English ivy plants are best known for their ability to keep your environment free from molds, which can cause depression, anxiety, concentration problems, and memory issues.
#9. Boston Fern
When it comes to air purification and humidification, there are few plants that can beat the Boston fern. Keeping the air quality at an optimum level, it has numerous great mental health and mood stabilization effects.
Basil is one of those super-plants that can have all-round benefits and uses for people. It has anti-carcinogenic health benefits, is a popular cooking ingredient, and protects you from many diseases, especially digestive issues, infections, high glucose and cholesterol effects, joint pain, and more. Using them in tea can help reduce headaches, stress migraines, and tiredness.
Another herb like Basil and a popular ingredient of essential oils like Lavender, Rosemary has been proved to improve the mental functioning, capacity, and efficiency of people. It boosts memory and concentration and reduces stress levels after a long day.
#12. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera too is a super-plant. Although most people know about its benefits for skin problems, it is also a great air purifier. When ingested, it can help with a number of digestive issues and cool the body down. Moreover, the anti-anxiety effects of aloe vera are well-documented.
As the focus of popular media is shifting gradually to the importance of holistic health and mental well-being, the importance of house plants is being reiterated. You do not have to be a master gardener for keeping indoor plants; start with a few low-maintenance plants and work your way up from there.