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How Humble House Plants Can Be Key To a More Harmonious Life

House plants have become a global wellness sensation. Stemmed from the global pandemic last year, trending as one of the top ways to spruce up your home from 2020 into 2021.

It seems there will be no stopping to the trend of introducing house plants into your home, as instagram and Pinterest fill up with countless inspiring pins and grams of people redecorating their personal spaces with green foliage of any kind.

From hanging plants, to clusters of pots, to bathrooms converted to forest dwellings, the rise of this harmonious trends can mean only one thing. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, it’s time you too.

In the ancient times, civilisations would adorn their homes with plants, heralded for their calming energy, or Feng Shui for some Asian cultures, plants were believed to bring harmony to the mind through balance. Connecting you with your environment and bringing peace into your home.

In the Renaissance period, indoor plants symbolised status. During the Victorian period, they were considered a symbol of beauty and tranquility in the home. And today, studies are showing when you introduce live plants into the home, not only to they cleanse the air you breath, they also help bridge the gap between us and earth. Creating a healthy space within our homes.

Most people create lovely forest like spaces in their homes, unaware of the treasure trove of health benefits they are creating. For not only do plants add a sense of calm and tranquility to a room, they also help fight against pollution and other nasties in the home.

It’s no secret, sending time in nature is good for the soul. But for many people, it’s not always an option to get out of the city and away from a concrete jungle to relax in a warming space of trees and grass. Especially if you live in a big city apartment, and no park located nearby. Creating your own nature space in your home, is the perfect solution for this, to help you unwind after a long day at work, and to help cleanse your breathing space from city pollution as well.

In all honesty, I could go on and on about the benefits of having plants in your home. From the science behind, to the spirituality of it and so much more. A simple search online however, will show you, this trend is not going anywhere. House plants are here to stay.

So instead of chatting about all the benefits, when in-fact I have already mentioned the key reasons why you would want to transform your house to a natural space of foliage, I thought I would mention several plants you should start with and what their benefits are when placed in the house.

Olive Tree:

Olive trees come in a variety of sizes. For the home, you can go for a miniature version. This highly adaptable tree is an easy air purifier for the home and is easy to take care of. Just make sure you choose a well ventilated area for this tree, as it will need fresh air.

English Ivy:

When controlled within a small hanging pot, the ivy plant makes for a great cover up in spaces lacking character, or if you need to hide something. Perfect for hanging pots specifically as it is a creeper, the ivy plant is grea for air purification and remove toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene from the home.

Peace Lily:

A popular choice for newbies, the lily has a nice deep green large foliage with beautiful white flowers. It’s an elegant plant and looks lovely on shelving and in the office. It is a great beginners plant, as it’s easy to maintain and helps to remove dust from the air, whilst purifying toxins and free radicals.

Rubber Plant:

This is another element plant of minimalist appearance, and looks beautiful in a clean white pot. It’s a popular choice for many people redecorating their home, as it has a nice deep green leaf, is clean and simple and can be used to detox areas like the bathroom and kitchen where chemicals may be.

Aloe Vera:

Not commonly out in pots, as it does grow very fast. The aloe vera plant is a durable plant which works in small spaces, like apartments, as it’s strong in character and endure any type of environment thrown at it. It also offers medicinal qualities to swollen muscles and sunburn if needed, and is a potent air purifier.

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue:

An interesting plant name yes. But aptly names for it’s long leaves which look like tongues. It’s also known as the snake plant, and will adapt in any climate or environment. This plant will also grow fast, so start it off in a bigger pot, so you won’t have to worry about repotting for at least a few years. It will also remove air pollutants from the home.

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