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7 Stress Relieving Plants You Should Buy for Your Home
It’s mid-week and I will be honest after school just starting (we homeschool) my stress level this Wednesday is at a 9 out of 10. So, we decided to push the books aside and head to our local garden house to pick up some plants, a new addition that I have. It took me a few minutes of studying our botany books to pick out 7 stress relieving plants we could buy for my home office and also the rest of our home.
7 Stress Relieving Plants You Should Buy for Your Home
BASIL This—may we mention?—delicious herb contains high amounts of an organic compound called linalool (which is commonly used in aromatherapy). A team of Japanese scientists famously conducted a study that found that exposure to linalool reduces the activity of hundreds of genes that typically go into overdrive during stressful situations. Tomake basil tea Put about two tablespoons of fresh cut basil in eight ounces of hot water and steep for seven to ten minutes, then strain the leaves. For a basil bath You already love this plant for soothing your sunburns and moisturizing your skin. But did you know that it also purifies the air of common carcinogens and emits oxygen at nighttime, helping us to sleep better? P.S. In a recent study, it was also found to reduce depression in mice.
ALOE You already love this plant for soothing your sunburns and moisturizing your skin. But did you know that it also purifies the air of common carcinogens and emits oxygen at nighttime, helping us to sleep better? Asides from lowering carbon dioxide levels at night, this plant species also helps to remove harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air. It’s also said to have effectively treated symptoms of anxiety. If you wish to improve the overall quality of the air in your home or office, these plants are a great investment – especially to those wishing for a restful night’s sleep – a must if you wish to rid your body and mind of worry and stress. It’s also a great option for those looking for a low maintenance plant as it requires minimum water and attention. In fact, the Egyptians nicknamed it the ‘plant of immortality’ because of its resilience.
MINT It’s lovely to have mint around for cooking—but this fragrant herb also has serious stress-relieving properties. A study by found that sniffing it can actually lower frustration levels and boost alertness. Okay, it’s important to know that mint can aggravate reflux, so if you suffer from heartburn, better steer clear of it in your tea and toothpaste. Otherwise, mint is an amazing herb, helpful for irritable bowel symptoms of cramping and bloating, as well as for calming your body from stress. For Mint tea Mint tea alone, or with other herbs/teas, can be made simply by adding a few sprigs of mint to two cups of hot water and steeping for three to seven minutes. Alternatively, you can throw a few mint leaves into your summer herbal tea, or even on your dessert for a refreshing twist.
SNAKE PLANT According to NASA’s clean air study, this lush-looking plant clears the air of over 107 toxins, and emits tons of oxygen throughout the night. This cocktail can improve your energy levels, ease headaches and quite literally have you breathing easier. Native to West Africa, the Snake Plant belongs to the Asparagaceae family. If you suffer from eye irritation, headaches or breathing problems, this is a great plant to install in your home. It also improves energy levels. NASA were amongst the first to discover the benefits offered by the snake plant. During their studies, they sealed a single snake plant in an enclosed chamber for 24 hours, whilst releasing a number of toxic gases. Results showed Benzene levels were reduced by 53% and Trichloroethylene by 13.4%. Having plants in the home and office environment is a must if you wish to lower blood pressure, improve well-being, increase productivity and raise job satisfaction. Other benefits include improving reaction times, increasing concentration, promoting a restful night’s sleep and lowering levels of anxiety. Going green certainly has its perks!
JASMINE Yes, Jasmine is beautiful and lovely to smell. But according to a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, its scent was found to be “as calming as Valium” to the nervous system. (When the scent was released into a cage of mice, they became so chilled out, they all sat quietly in a corner.) Woah. hat’s also not to mention that when you get a good sleep, your mental wellbeing is increased. You’ve likely noticed the less sleep you get, the worse your anxiety is. So, sleep with this shrub and you’ll be coping with anxiety with next to little effort.
LAVENDER It’s well known that lavender is a great calming herb. It can be used in a bath or eye pillow to help calm your nerves and help you sleep. It can also be used at any time of day as a tea, tincture (a liquid form made with alcohol), or capsule to calm anxiety. What you may not know is that lavender is also anti-viral, so it can fight off the pesky viruses that could cause a summer cold. This fragrant, flowering herb has been used medicinally to calm nerves and aid in depression for centuries. (Erm, aromatherapy anyone?) One particularly illuminating study found that the scent of lavender had major effects on lowering pulse rates on nursing students in stressful situations. To make lavender tea Place 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried buds into a cup or tea ball; pour boiling water into the cup with the tea ball; allow it to steep for ten minutes and then enjoy! For a relaxing bath Add a quarter cup of dried lavender flowers directly into your bath, either on their own or perhaps with a cup of epsom salts.
ARECA PALM This leafy, statement floor plant is also a hard worker: It’s proven to remove nasty toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene from the air. As a reminder, breathing purer air (whether awake or asleep) lowers your blood pressure. Say it with us now:Ahhhhhhh. Breathing in purer air (both when awake and asleep) helps to lower anxiety levels and blood pressure, which in turn helps us to calm our mental and physical state.
Hi, y’all! I’m Faythe. I’m Alex and Karson's mommy, a blessed wife, a dreamer, and a believer in the "miracles” I am the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. I am passionate about faith, treasuring time with my little family on the weekends, and saying YES to the impossible, taking a leap of faith. I love the women I work alongside each day, addicted to hot chai lattes, building sand castles, the smell of the ocean, exploring new flavors in the kitchen, and living in the south. Yes, I am a proud Georgia Peach!