Why green is good for your health
Adopting a ‘greener’ way of life doesn’t just mean you should try recycling more, but you should also try to bring a little bit more nature back into your home. So many of us enjoy spending time outdoors but with work and home commitments, it can be hard to find the time to get outside and enjoy the many health benefits it brings, which is why we think you should bring nature to you. Including certain plants in your home not only looks nice, but can have health and environmental benefits too. Here are some of the healthiest plants you can bring into your home or office, and the benefits they can bring.
Naturally repel bugs
In the summer, you might find yourself inundated with unwanted creepy-crawlies at home, and think that you’re powerless to do anything about them. That’s not the case however, and the answer could lie in what plants you choose to bring into your home and the essential oils they contain. For example, basil can be used to repel house flies, lavender is good for keeping moths away from your clothes, and peppermint oil can be very effective at keeping spiders at bay, so keep some mint near your windows.
Purify the air
NASA spent a considerable amount of time researching ways to purify the air in small, contained environments and found that plants play a crucial role in helping to remove toxins from the air. We would recommend that you try and include at least a couple of potted plants per household. The best air purifying plants to incorporate at home are English Ivy, Peace Lilies, Snake plants and bamboo. Check each plants individual light and watering needs before deciding on the best placement in your home.
Help you sleep
Lavender has often been touted as a great natural remedy for helping you get a better night’s sleep, but you can also use jasmine to help relax and de-stress you to promote better rest. In addition, snake plants have been shown to increase the levels of oxygen in your room at night which helps to promote a more restful night’s slumber too.
Heal small cuts and burns
Aloe Vera is a wonder plant – not only does it help to purify the air, you can use the gel to treat small cuts, scrapes, insect bites and dry skin. It also doesn’t need constant care and attention, so if you don’t have much of a green thumb it’s perfect for you. Leave it on a windowsill to soak up as much sun as possible before reaping the benefits of this little super-plant.
Fragrance your home without artificial scents
If you don’t like using artificial or chemical air fresheners to fragrance your home, you’ll love the idea of a dwarf Kaffir lime tree which will fill your home with a beautiful citrus scent. The leaves from this plant can be crushed to release the oils and inject a more direct scent hit to your home, or can be used in cooking to fill your whole house with fragrance.