optimize your health with houseplants

Oh, fall. I love it so much. The colors, the pumpkins and apples, cozy sweaters and warm drinks. October might be my favorite month. But as the temperatures cool off, and the days get shorter, it does make me sad to be spending less time outdoors and more time inside.

As we begin spending less time outdoors, it’s a great time to bring the outdoors in. Invest in indoor plants to create an oasis in your home. It’s a great way to optimize your health and well-being during the cooler months of fall and winter.

There are many wellness benefits of having plants in your home: 

They are cheerful, discretely putting you in a better mood, which is a total necessity in the dark winter months.

They clean our breathing air. This is especially important during the colder months when the windows and doors stay shut. For most of my life, I’ve thought a lot about the quality of the food I eat, the quality of the water I drink, the quality of skincare products I use… but it’s only been more recently that I’ve given much thought about the quality of air I breathe and how that can affect my health. The air we breathe in enters our lungs, and with it go all the nutrients and pollutants in that air. Our indoor air is DIRTY! Usually 2-5 times, but sometimes as much 100 times dirtier than outdoor air.  Toxins in indoor air come from everywhere… wall paint, flooring, furniture, cleaning chemicals, pet dander, dust, heating sources… literally everything. Plants do the most amazing job of filtering and purifying our air. Read more ways to detox the air of your home.

They promote better sleep. Plants promote a sense of calm and relaxation, helping with insomnia.

They can help you heal faster from injury or illness. Ahum, cold and flu season.

They release moisture into the dry air. Your skin will thank you.

 

If you don’t already have houseplants in your home, now is the perfect time to get some. Of course one is much better than none, but a general recommendation for air quality is to have at least one plant for every room, or approximately one plant for every 100 square ft of home space.

 

My favorite indoor plants and the best for filtering air include:

Snake Plant

Spider Plant

Peace Lily

Bamboo Palm

Dracaena

Weeping Fig

Boston Fern (can be finicky, as it loves humid climates)

Aloe