From January blues to an ongoing pandemic, it’s likely we all need a little mood boost. The good news is that there’s something we can introduce to our home, a place we are all spending plenty of time at lately, to help with this.
Houseplants! We depend on plants hugely – they are not only the lungs of the planet, but they are responsible for the air we breathe and the food we eat. As well as this, they have an extraordinary range of properties, from the healing powers of the Aloe Vera to the air purifying qualities of the Peace Lily. So, we’ve put together a list of our four favourite plants that will love you back.
A staple in every 1970s household, the spider plant is one of the easiest to look after. It can survive in most indoor spaces, making it perfect for beginners. Spider plants have been found to remove 95% of formaldehyde in the air, as well as improving oxygen levels and removing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide. They are perfect placed on a shelf or macrame hanger, as they will eventually send out flowering shoots that grow baby spiders.
The plant for a good night’s sleep, the peace lily works hard to remove chemicals from the atmosphere. In addition, it is capable or removing airborne mould and in turn alleviating allergy and asthma symptoms. The peace lily blooms reliably with glossy foliage and white flowers if watered once or twice a week and placed in indirect sunlight. This one will droop if in desperate need of hydration but will transform before your eyes once watered.
The aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamin A, C, and E. The succulent is well-known for supporting skin hydration and clarity, and is found in many products, from mascara to moisturiser. The plant’s spiky leaves produce a gel which is easy to extract, and has been used historically to improve dry skin, burns and acne. The aloe plant requires bright, indirect sunlight and its soil should be left to dry in between watering.
Considered to be queen of air cleaners, the snake plant is both robust and refreshing. Commonly referred to as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’, the snake plant is virtually bulletproof with the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide and filter toxins such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. Something particularly unique about the snake plant is that it can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, making it ideal for regulating healthy airflow in the bedroom. The snake plant thrives in a warm, light spot without overwatering, but can tolerate shade.
Why not consider growing your plants from seed and cutting out on plastic pots? Our eco-friendly growing kits are really rewarding and will last for years, replacing plastic with bamboo or paper pots depending on your environment.
Written by Hannah Stark