Understanding that healthy green plants are an immediate visual pick-me-up doesn’t require a highly skilled botanists advice. But these five miracle plants, all of which are scientifically proven to boost your mood take self-care to another level. Add these to your home this season for an all-natural antidepressant that doubles as beautiful decor.
For thousands of years, this gorgeous and incredibly smelling flowering herb has been used medicinally to calm nerves, relieve headaches, ease labor pains, prevent insomnia and aid in depression. (It’s soothing scent is still a trademark in aromatherapy treatments). Although innumerable scientific studies have vouched for its effectiveness, a highly revealing 2009 study found that the scent of lavender has tangible effects in stressful situations on reducing pulse levels of nursing students.
Also known as “the plant of immortality” by the Egyptians, this worshiped green was traditionally hung over doorways to ward off evil spirits. From a holistic standpoint, it’s said to bring positive energy to the home. From a scientific one, it purifies the air of common carcinogens and emits oxygen at nighttime, helping us to sleep better and be less cranky in the morning. As a bonus, it was also found to improve memory and reduce depression in mice.
Wanna hear a fun fact? This romantic, creeping vine is an insanely effective air purifier. It was dubbed by NASA scientists as the number one best air-filtering houseplant. These guys are particularly skilled in sucking up carcinogens such as smog or second-hand smoke and making an indoor environment that is purer and more breathable. Bonus facts: They are super easy to take care of and do not require much water or light to thrive.
In addition to its stunning silk leaves and exquisite fragrance, this favored fresh herb often produces high amounts of an organic compound named inalool, widely used in aromatherapy. A group of renowned Japanese scientists conducted a study of lab rats which discovered that linalool exposure decreases the function of hundreds of genes which usually overdrive during stressful situations. So stop and smell the basil people.
This plant is equally beautiful and functional with its striking, sculptural white blooms. Peace lilies are known to remove mold spores effectively in the air and also to neutralize toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. They are basically a natural air purifier that can make you even more comfortable in your own home.