Good Life

Plant Therapy

Want an instant way to relax, breathe better and feel happier? Invest in a houseplant. Here are three varieties to consider

It’s a fact: Houseplants are good for your health and well-being. If you want scientific proof, you need not look further than NASA, which has reported that indoor plants can remove up to 87 percent of toxins in the surrounding air and water in just 24 hours of entering your home. Not only that, but other studies have found that besides looking pretty, indoor plants can suppress your sympathetic nerve system, lowering your blood pressure, to help you feel calmer and serve as natural mood-boosters. And, scientists say that houseplants help improve concentration and productivity, making them ideal for both your home and workspace. Here are a few to consider next time you’re at your local nursery or farmer’s market:


Whether you’re plagued by stress or having trouble getting some high-quality Z’s, lavender is a wonderful natural remedy. And there’s even research that people who inhaled the sweet bouquet of lavender reported three times more happy thoughts. Bonus: The pretty purple of the flower adds a beautiful pop to a bedroom or home office.

Boston Ferns

These bushy and easy-to-care-for beauties are known to be one of the best air-purifying houseplants available, removing pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and other common household chemicals that you breathe in. They also improve humidity by helping to naturally restore moisture to the air. Keep one near the computer, as these plants can also help soothe dry, irritated eyes that come from too much screen-gazing.


While many people grow basil to eat, its aroma can be an instant mood-booster. That’s because it contains a high amount of an organic compound called linalool, which emits a woodsy scent that is often used in aromatherapy sessions. Studies have shown that exposure to linalool reduces the activity of hundreds of genes that typically go into overdrive during stressful situations. Bonus: After enjoying the plant’s scent throughout the day, you can tear off a few leaves to include in a flavorful pasta for dinner.

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