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For many years the research completed by NASA into air purification was simple accepted as truth. Their study confirmed that plants were capable of removing chemicals from the environment. However, it was conducted in a controlled space and used aerated carbon as soil. More recent research suggests that carbon was responsible for removing the toxins and not the plants.
However, what is not in dispute is that plants are beneficial to the environment and your health. One of their biggest benefits is their ability to reduce stress. This is achieved by a combination of factors, including the delightful color of their flowers and the fact that they divert your attention. In effect, allowing you to leave the complications of the day behind.
Peppermint is a useful addition to a variety of dishes and its aroma can spark excellent memories. The leaves can be chopped into warm water to make a relaxing bath and they can be stewed to make tea. But, simplest of all, the aroma will make you relax and the site of the bright green leaves will help you to de-stress.
Grab a high-quality Anthurium plant and you’ll be able to its stunning flowers. The plant is often called the flamingo flower as this is what the flowers look like. They are usually deep red but can be pink or even white.
The plant doesn’t need excessive amounts of light and only occasional watering. However, it does like a little fertilizer every couple of weeks.
It’s hard not to be intoxicated by the smell of lavender. It is as distinctive as the purple flowers of this plant. The plant is known to keep pests away, soothe agitated babies, and generally make you feel calmer.
It’s a great way to de-stress and needs surprisingly little space in your home. Lavender can be successfully grown in a pot.
Jasmine is known to help reduce stress, it is commonly used in tea and as an essential oil. But, you don’t need that to help you de-stress. The aroma of the plant and its delicate white flowers are enough to help you unwind.
It is also an easy plant to look after, although it does like plenty of sunlight. You will have to water it once a week and add a little fertilizer every couple of weeks.
Aloe Vera is a powerful healer, you can cut a mature leaf off the plant and squeeze it. The gel that comes out is excellent for cuts and burns. It has antibacterial properties and looks lovely in any location.
The plant is a succulent making it capable of holding large quantities of water, it only needs occasional watering and will take care of itself.
Remember, it is not just the aroma or the beauty of the plant that helps you to de-stress. Even the easiest plants to look after require your attention, focusing on them ensures your mind is allowed the opportunity to relax, leaving you feeling great and ready for anything.
If you’re looking for other ways to reduce stress, why not check out these 7 genius ways to make self-care a priority.