We’re living in a world where mental health problems are more common than anything else. There are more people I know who are dealing with anxiety and stress than the ones who feel at ease. Someone is worried about their career, whereas others are worried about their financial terms, kids, studies, family, relationships, and the list goes on. All of this triggers stress and there is not much that we can do about it. I am pretty sure while reading this you must have listed at least 3 things you worry about which triggers stress for you.
At times, things seem so out of control that it seems like none of our friends can help us, but you’re wrong. Maybe your human friends can’t help you relieve your stress, but your green friends definitely can. Here is a list of 10 plants that help with depression, anxiety, and relieving stress:
Belonging to the family of mint, the lavender plant is known as an anti-anxiety herb. Its sweet smell helps soothe the mind and relieves anxiety, stress, and its mesmerizing fragrance has sedative properties that help induce sleep. A study showed that having a lavender plant around helped calm agitated babies and put them to sleep. It also helps to lower the blood pressure levels, and slowing down the heart rate. It is an excellent plant to keep in your bedroom.
The beautiful shrub with fragrant white flowers has more to offer than we think. This plant is not only pleasing to the eye but has a comforting effect on our entire body. Jasmine plant helps in lowering anxiety and stress levels and helps you feel tranquil. It helps in improving cognition and helps the body be more alert which increases daily productivity. Having this plant around you will increase your alertness, help you relax while keeping the surroundings fresh with its fragrance and of course add to the beauty of your bedroom décor.
The fascinating snake plant is an amazing stress reliever. Keeping a snake plant on your office desk or in your bedroom will improve the air quality by removing toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene, and trichloroethylene from the air. Known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, this plant helps ease headaches, eye irritations, and breathing problems.
I can tell you that with my personal experience- chamomile helps calm down, and relieve stress. The beautiful plant has been known for its medicinal benefits since ancient times. It has anti-anxiety effects and it’s calming fragrance helps people sleep better. Having a chamomile plant often feels like having someone you can rely on, around you. Apart from its soothing effects, it also helps ease an upset stomach.
The holy basil plant is known to have many health benefits like it helps treat a sore throat, treat stomach ulcers, insect bites, and so much more. But did you know that it also helps improve mental health? It acts as an adaptogen which is why having a basil plant in your house or office can improve mental clarity, and relieve stress. It is a popular antidepressant as well.
A perennial house plant with lots of health benefits, having a rosemary plant around you helps relieve stress, and banish anxiety. This Mediterranean plants promotes inner peace and adds positivity to the atmosphere which helps ease depression as well.
Aloe Vera Plant
If you notice, you’ll find that 70% of the people have aloe vera plant in their garden. It is because it is a well-known plant with way too many health benefits. Apart from being an amazing air purifier, aloe vera plant can help reduce anxiety and stress. Added benefits, it is a low maintenance plant.
Just thinking about this plant makes me feel refreshed, and why not? It has amazing fragrance and flavour which makes one feel zestful. Peppermint plants have menthol which is known to ease stress. Moreover, you can even take peppermint leaves, soak them in water and enjoy a refreshing drink to ease anxiety.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant
This happy foliage plant is known for its quality of purifying the air. But did you know that having a fiddle leaf fig plant around you can improve your mood? With its joyful green leaves, it makes the surroundings more positive.
A very common problem in offices- Mold. You don’t have to worry about it because the English Ivy plant is there for your rescue. This amazing plant reduces the risk of many health problems. It reduces the effect of mold, which can cause asthma, stress, and allergies. It has been recognized by NASA as one of the best air purifies.
Office plants and house plants have amazing mental health benefits. Never ignore your green friends, they are a lot more beneficial than you think.