Okay, before we start, we have two questions for you…
1) Do you have enough plants in your life?
2) Why not?!
Despite spending most of their time sat in a pot of dirt, house plants are really quite amazing. In this post we’ll be looking at the different ways house plants can improve your life and help you work towards a healthier, happier home! We’ll even finish up with a list of our all-time favourites for you to try out. Let’s get started…
Let’s clear the air with house plants
Decorate your home with house plants and one thing will become clearer – the air! That’s right, our favourite ferns and their little green friends can have a huge impact on the air quality in your home.
It’s a little-known fact that the air quality within your house can often be more polluted than the air outside. This is due to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants. Fortunately, you can get house plants that actively reduce the number of VOCs in the air. As well as soaking up carbon dioxide (CO2), releasing oxygen (O2) and purifying the air, some plants will even control the humidity of your room. This means that house plants can, quite literally, help you breathe!
TIP: One of the best places for a house plant in your home is the bedroom, clearing the air for you while you rest!
Less screen time, more green time!
As well as having amazing health benefits in terms of breathing fresher air, house plants can help with your mental health too. Studies how that gardening is one of the best forms of therapy to combat stress and anxiety. It’s relaxing and helps to focus the mind on one task, leaving behind the clutter and stress of the day.
Even if it’s only for a few minutes, people who tend to their house plants are putting down their phones and turning always from their TVs. And let’s face it, everyone could use a break from the busy world of social media in which to calm their thoughts. You recharge your phone, don’t forget to recharge your mind!
Brighten your mood!
There’s a lot to be said about pretty little things and the affect they have on our mood. Colour is especially important. It has been suggested that seeing the colour green has a stabilising effect on our emotions, and having bright pockets of colour around the house is an easy mood lifter!
The scientific community seems to be in consensus on this one, humans are happier when they are closer to nature and beautiful living things. Bring some house plants into your home to make sure you’re getting your daily dose of feels!
Heaven scent house plants!
We’ve spoken about how house plants can have an effect on us visually, but house plants are a delight on other senses too! The powerful calming perfume of lavender or jasmine has been used for years to help people relax. It has also been tied to improved sleep quality.
Then, of course, we have to touch on the edibles! From herbs and spices to something more unusual, there are plenty of house plants that are both friendly to the UK climate and can complement a healthy diet. The perfect solution for those who want to cut down on costs, make their kitchen eco-friendly and spice up the mealtimes. Grow, eat, plant, repeat!
Our Top Ten House Plants for UK homes!
While you’re here, let’s take a look at the top ten house plants as recommended by our green-fingered gurus…
10. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
9. Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)
8. Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta)
7. Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
6. Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
5. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
4. Snake plant (Sansevieria zeylanica)
3. Aloe Vera (Aloe aristate)
2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
1. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)*
*Apparently, our first choice for number one was too big for the bedroom… #OleaEuropaea
La Española on Instagram and Facebook
Do you have any other benefits to house plants that you’d like to add? Or perhaps we missed your favourite house plant from our list? Then head on over to La Española UK on our Facebook and Instagram to have your say! Come join the discussion!