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8 Plants That Can Reduce Stress Just by Being Near You

We all know how stress can feel debilitating, leaving you with absolutely no energy. However, something as simple as having plants in your house can tone down some of that stress. That’s because the soil of plants contains “outdoorphins” which are natural antidepressants. This way, any plain house plant can relieve muscle tension and any increased heart activity.

Bright Side knows how stress can take over someone’s life, and that’s why we found 8 plants that might help calm you down.

1. Lavender

Lavender is known for its wonderful scent and for its beautiful purple color. Having this plant in your home can make your mood better and also help you sleep easier. Its scent has sedative properties that will help reduce the stress that might be keeping you awake at night.

2. Snake plant

Our homes are filled with toxic pollutants that impact our mood, sleep, and energy in negative ways. This is where a snake plant comes in handy, since it helps absorb these pollutants and helps you get a good night’s sleep. It also doesn’t require too much time and effort to care for it, so you won’t have to worry about keeping it alive.

3. English ivy

The most positive thing about this plant is that it keeps airborne diseases away and therefore helps with allergies. It also reduces headaches and relieves stress, making your sleep a lot easier than before. Additionally, if you suffer from asthma, you might notice a positive change since it tends to calm the atmosphere it’s placed in.

4. Basil

Many people keep a basil plant all year long somewhere near their kitchen in order to use it for their cooking. However, this isn’t the only use for it, since it has amazing anti-stress properties that will help with your anxiety. It is also said that, as an adaptogen, it can improve your mental clarity which further improves your mood and decreases your stress levels.

5. Peppermint

Sometimes, something as simple as a natural fragrance can lift your mood more than you ever imagined. This is the case with peppermint, which contains menthol and is capable of decreasing your stress levels and energizing you. You can keep this plant at home or at work since it is usually small in size and no one will complain about the scent.

6. Aloe vera

This plant is very easy to grow inside and outside of your home, and its anti-inflammatory properties are a big reason why you should do this. It also purifies the air from any harmful pollutants, which will help tone down your stress and anxiety. And just like with snake plants, aloe doesn’t need too much care from you.

7. Areca palm

Another plant that cleans the air we breathe and helps with our anxiety is the areca palm. It looks so lavish and beautiful that you can keep it at home and at the office. Its air-purifying abilities will keep the air fresh for you and therefore make your overall mood better. Again, it’s another plant that doesn’t need much attention to survive, so you can leave it by itself for quite some time.

8. Chrysanthemum

Apart from being found in a variety of colors and being extra beautiful, this flower has amazing anti-stress properties. It has been found that it lessens symptoms of worry in people, especially when they drink it as a tea — it relaxes the whole body. There is nothing more beneficial than waking up every day and looking and smelling at this wonderful plant.

Do you have plants inside the house and, if so, which ones have you chosen? Is there a special reason why you chose them?

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