These 5 Houseplants Might Just Lift Your Mood

Sometimes, all you need to lighten your mood is a touch of nature in any space, especially when you call a bustling city home. While Stanford University researchers recently confirmed the mental health benefits of hiking or simply spending time outside, bringing the outside in can also be a viable solution. But as Elle Decor points out, not all plants and herbs are created equal; some are more calming than others. Consider adding them to your home to ease stress and anxiety and foster feelings of happiness.

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Basil: Thanks to the compound linalool, basil smells delicious and can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

English Ivy: This easy-to-care-for plant scores a nine out of 10 when it comes to cleaning the air; add it to your home to breathe a bit easier.

Boston Fern: This is another powerful air purifier. The magazine recommends it for added peace of mind.

Lavender: Whether in plant or essential oil form, lavender is one of the most widely researched anti-anxiety herbs out there. Add a few sprigs to your bedroom or try an oil diffuser.

Rosemary: This woody herb has been said to encourage inner peace, promote positivity, and ease depression and anxiety.

Head over to Elle Décor for more.

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