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Plants to Level Up Your Self-Care

LiveTrends • June 13, 2022 • 3 min read

Indoor plants that can help you heal, purify, and soothe

Plant parents love caring for their babes with no expectation that they’ll return the favor (although, sometimes it would be nice if they’d feed you for a change). But some plants do contribute to their human’s health a little more than others. These healing houseplants have the most research backing their benefits, and are generally easy keepers indoors. On June 12th, countries all around the world celebrate Global Wellness Day. This year, consider how you can increase your wellbeing and better your life with plants.

Aloe

Aloe vera is one of the most well-known healing plants, and for good reason. If you have a burn, scrape, eczema, or sunburn, you can easily trim off a leaf and open it up for some of nature’s best medicine. The gel-like substance inside is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and anti-inflammatory compounds to help heal new injuries, and can even lighten the scars from past ones.

Lavender

Yes, lavender smells great, but studies show the scent is effective at decreasing anxiety for most people. Keeping a small, potted lavender plant on your desk or nightstand can help you remember to take a few deep breaths during the workday or before bed and add a soothing effect while you’re doing it. If you’re interested in making your own household cleaners, lavender petals can add a nice fragrance and boost your mixture’s power thanks to the plant’s antiseptic properties.

Eucalyptus

A eucalyptus plant isn’t just beautiful to look at. This popular plant is known for its lovely aroma and its ability to ease congestion caused by colds or allergies. One way to do this? Snip a few small sprigs of eucalyptus foliage, bundle them together, and tie them to the showerhead before a hot shower. The steam will carry that yummy smell all around and clear those sinuses in no time.

Potted eucalyptus trees may eventually get so big they need to be moved to the patio, but trimming its branches and keeping them indoors will provide all the same benefits.

Herbs

Chamomile, basil, mint, and more — lots of herbs grow well in containers indoors. Chamomile is known for its calming effects and is a popular ingredient in relaxing teas, so having your own supply at home is perfect for drying and making your own bedtime tea blends. Adding basil and mint to meals and drinks will also infuse your diet with a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

English ivy

Who knew this houseplant could help prevent mold growth and allergies? Many houseplants help filter your home’s air, making every breath a little safer for you, but English ivy is especially good at this. It’s been proven to filter mold and allergens from the air, as well as chemicals like formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which are released from household items, like glue and cleaning products.

Not all plants are edible or should be used on the skin, but any plant can be part of self-care. They also offer a ton of mental health benefits, too, like reducing stress, improving mood, and increasing creativity. So, whether you’re in the market for a helpful houseplant or shopping for a friend who could reap the benefits, you can’t go wrong with these choices.

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