They Provide Free Aromatherapy

“Lavender is a classic plant that can be kept indoors that gives off a calming scent,” says Bolles. “But any indoor plant, whether it has a particular fragrance or not, can make the air smell fresher and more pleasant.”

Another plant that can be kept indoors with therapeutic qualities is eucalyptus. Be sure to keep the small tree in a bright, sunny spot in your home and keep soil moist by watering evenly every other day.

They Help Us Feel Happier

Who doesn’t want to feel a sense of happy and calm when at home? A Scandinavian study showed plants improve focus, decrease depressive moods and lessen symptoms of anxiety. When the mind and body are relaxed, you can lower blood pressure, heart rate and cortisol levels.

Other studies have shown that living in an environment that feels peaceful can benefit our overall health. “What better way to do this than have plants and help keep them alive?” says Bolles. “Watching them thrive can make you feel good.”

Bolles recommends flowering indoor plants like cactus, bromeliad, deep purple African violets and orchids.

They Can Help Us Get Better Sleep

Instead of dragging the humidifier into your room to breathe better when sleeping, why not try keeping a houseplant at your bedside? Some plants give off more oxygen than others, even throughout the night. The extra oxygen in the air may help you sleep more soundly.

Try putting plants like gerbera daisies, snake plants or spider plants in your bedroom.

Improve Digestion

The next time you start to feel a rumble in your tummy, reach for the leaves of your indoor peppermint or basil plant. Not only are these plants pretty to look at and give off a great scent, they will help settle your stomach when steeped with hot water into a tea or mixed with food.

They’re Healthy for Humans, but Not Always for Pets

Make sure houseplants are out of reach of curious pets, who could potentially eat them and get sick. While plants may be healthy for us to look at (or even eat) they may not always be for Fido and Fluffy.

Get houseplants, including bundles for Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day, at Fancy Leaf Plant Co., located at 8267 US Highway 301 N., Parrish. Click here for more info.

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