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Green Therapy: How House Plants Can Improve Your Well-being and Air Quality

Bathroom with greenery

January and the early part of winter in the UK can make us feel a little gloomy and tired. We can suffer from the lack of sunshine, which affects our moods and energy levels. Apart from seeking some therapy to alleviate the wintertime blues, there are many ways to improve your well-being naturally, and one way to achieve this is to spend time outdoors.


Although it's more challenging moving from the sofa and donning walking boots and winter jackets when it's bitterly cold outside, a brisk walk is a great way to blow away the cobwebs and appreciate nature, whatever the season. 


Houseplants

During winter, when there is a lack of greenery outside, adding houseplants can improve the ambience of your home when the weather outdoors is anything but welcoming. Did you know ordinary potted house plants can significantly reduce air pollution within your home?


What are the benefits of caring for houseplants?


  • Caring for houseplants can boost your mood and help reduce physiological and psychological stress. Caring for plants promotes comfortable, relaxed, and natural feelings.

  • An environment with plants has been shown to give people a more positive outlook on life and stimulate feelings of contentment and happiness—excerpt from www.hortology.co.uk


Elevating the mood with greenery in your home


House Plant Wall Decor

Living art in the form of pot plants can elevate any room. If you don't have much space, hanging baskets will add a splash of greenery.


House Plants Hanging Basket Arrangement

Plants for steamy bathrooms


Some houseplants, such as the Boston Fern and the Pothos, thrive in bathrooms. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the easiest plants to grow! With long stems, similar to Ivy and glossy leaves, this plant looks great in a hanging pot or trailing over the edge of a shelf.


Pothos House Plant

Other plants that add lots of green but need less day-to-day care, such as the Swiss Cheeseplant or Parlour Palm, help bring some green nature indoors.


Which indoor plants are safe for pets?


Cat resting next to Spider Plants

Spider plant

CHLOROPHYTUM COMOSUM

safe for cats and dogs


Probably the most common of houseplants, this produces many little plants that can be repotted. Perfect as a hanging plant in a bathroom or kitchen or on top of a cupboard with access to light, it's very hardy and doesn't need too much care to thrive. The spider plant enjoys humidity and does well in a shower room.


Kentia Palm

HOWEA FORSTERIANA

safe for cats & dogs


Kentia Palm

Kentia Palms are fantastic house plants that require little care and attention. As well as being tolerant to shade and the occasional under-watering, they're safe around your pets and children. Kentia Palms can also purify the air.


Some greenery in the home can raise your spirits, and plants such as the Kentia palm need little attention other than watering and removing dead leaves. 


Prayer Plant

MARANTA LEUCONEURA

safe for cats & dogs


Prayer Plant

A favourite of mine and recognisable for its beautiful, distinctive leaves, the Prayer plant makes a great housewarming gift for friends with pets. The leaves curl inwards during darkness - hence the name!

Not only is a Prayer Plant pet safe, but it's small enough to be placed on a coffee table or sideboard. This plant will grow trailing stems and looks fantastic when placed on a high shelf or hanging basket.


Boston Fern

NEPHROLEPSIS EXALTATA

safe for cats & dogs

Boston Fern on Coffee Table

The delicate fronds of the Boston Fern give it lots of character, and it is a pet-friendly houseplant. This is a small plant; it helps purify the air like many indoor plants and will add interest to a coffee table or desk.


Maidenhair fern

ADIANTUM

safe for cats & dogs


The maidenhair fern is another excellent variety for the bathroom or kitchen. The delicate, frothy, lace-like leaves look perfect with many different décor options. This houseplant enjoys being out of direct sunlight and needs water regularly.

Maidenhair Fern and Live Well Natural Skincare Soap

Orchids (Phalaenopsis) are relatively easy to care for. Water well every few weeks, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. These beautiful plants are not toxic for your cat but enjoy a humid environment, so they are perfect for bathrooms.


Pink Orchid

Tips on caring for indoor plants


  • Check they have plenty of natural light.

  • Prune and tidy to keep growth strong

  • Dont overwater, and ensure pots have drainage holes

  • Check if they need repotting

  • Spray a fine mist of water onto leaves to clean them

  • Move your plant to another room if it's not thriving

  • Check the plants have plenty of fresh air


Growing up in England, indoor plants were a big part of my mother's garden and home life. I live in a multi-cat household, so there are certain plants and flowers that I don't grow or own, as some are poisonous for cats.  


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Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I've added real plants and faux to add some greenery into my flat

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