These 3 Chic Houseplants Do Wonders for Your Mental Health

Kelsey Clark
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Tessa Neustadt for Amber Interiors; DESIGN: Amber Lewis 

Now that we've discovered the mental downsides of multitasking, we're more than happy to let our houseplants take the task on for us. Though they already double as chic home decorations and all-natural air purifiers, some houseplants also offer specific health benefits, as pointed out by CureJoy. From reducing inflammation to assuaging stress and anxiety, houseplants can serve as a natural, budget-friendly antidote to many of life's everyday stressors. Below, read up on the aesthetically pleasing houseplants that can also do wonders for your mental and physical health.

For Reduced Inflammation: Rosemary

Rosemary could be considered the jack-of-all-trades of houseplants. Not only does the antibacterial and antioxidant rosmarinic acid cleanse the air around you, it can also improve your mood, defend against bacterial infections, reduce inflammation in the body, and slow down aging. What's more, the scent can actually stimulate your brain and improve memory.

For Better Sleep: Lavender and Jasmine

We all know that sleep is essential to both your mental and physical health. Lavender and jasmine give off a soothing, relaxing fragrance that can help you fall (and stay) asleep. In fact, lavender is even used to make under-the-pillow sleep sachets to promote deep, restful slumbers. Keep a potted lavender or jasmine plant in your bedroom to promote stress-free living and deep, blissful sleep.

For Inner Calm: Valerian and Peace Lily

Sweet-smelling white or pink valerian flowers can actually reduce anxiety, and peace lily can prevent airborne diseases, relieve allergies, and absorb toxins around you. Plus, both plants are beautiful and will make for the perfect springtime additions to any room in your home.

For more, read up on how to turn your home into a greenhouse, and share your favorite houseplant in the comments below!

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