House plants make me happy, it’s a simple as that. And there’s more science to that statement than you may think on the surface. Plants help to make us feel calm because they are alive and green – a colour which symbolises life and earth and a reminder to us humans that we are not the only beings on this planet that matter. They ground us by encouraging us to slow down – caring for them takes time, patience and perseverance. There is no one size fits all when it comes to plants, you have to get to know them as individuals, to understand the environment they thrive, the amount of sunlight that is optimal, the temperature they prefer, the amount of water to give them. Nurturing green life is good for the soul, in our busy, hectic, screen filled, always on the go lives, taking a moment out of the day to water your plants, to strip away any old leaves and to propagate small saplings is satisfying – literally getting your hands dirty in the soil is good for the soul.
They aren’t only pretty too, plants clean the air around us. When we breathe, we take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide, plants do the opposite which means we’re the perfect match! Because of their purifying properties on our environment and their calming effect on our minds, houseplants improve your sleep. Housing a few in your bedroom will help improve the amount and quality of your sleep, although not all plants release oxygen at night so take some time to research and source ones which do like the Snake Plant.
From an aesthetic point of view, splashes of green sprouting from old terracotta pots around our home break up what could otherwise feel like an expanse of white. They soften a space by bringing a living element to a home – much like cut fresh flowers cheer a table top. And children love to nurture life and watch it grow, so giving them a plant to keep in their bedroom is a great way to teach them about nurturing our earth and the about the joy of caring for a life.
We have a mixture of succulents and house plants in our home scattered about in each room. I like to mix big ones with smaller ones, tall ones with short ones to bring added interest.
What’s your favourite houseplant? If you don’t yet own one, pop to your local nursery and pick up an easy care plant to get going and reap the benefits on mind, body and soul.