Are There Great Indoor Plants For Your Bedroom?
Our bedrooms are our most important room, a sanctuary, the place we rest our tired bodies, mind, and soul. Our bedroom is where we are most vulnerable and most ourselves, often being the place where we escape to rest and relax, away from the outside world and away from any worries. Many want to create the ultimate environment in our bedrooms, a place where we can sleep with ease, a place to escape and a place to love. So how do plants fit into our bedroom decor? What kind of benefits do they have and what can they do for our health?
We Live Indoors
We spend over 90% of our lives indoors, with the air quality being just as polluted inside as outside. From the off-gases of new furniture, cleaning materials, wood, plasters, paint, recycled old air and lack of circulation, we are living in toxic environments. Some of the containment include formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, and trichloroethylene. With that said, it’s important to know if we’re sleeping in a safe environment, and that includes safe air quality.
Plants are a wonderful addition to any bedroom for their amazing ability to filter the air and their incredibly soothing effect on our minds and bodies. In fact, plants have tremendous health benefits including reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, relaxing the body, and turning off our autonomic (flight or fight) nervous systems. Houseplants are a great way to calm the mind and help us fall asleep quickly.
So what are some of the best houseplants for your bedroom? Luckily there are some great options for your bedroom or any room in the house for that matter. If you are looking to relax, calm your mind, and breathe better air, try these options below.
Our Favorite Plants For The Bedroom
Probably the ultimate bedroom plant, not only is this plant almost impossible to kill but it’s one of the few which emit oxygen at night! Yay! It’s also one of NASA’s clean air plants, filtering some awful common household toxins like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air. You won’t have to worry so much about your toxic household cleaners or the offgasses from your new mattress. The Snake Plant is a wonderful addition to your bedroom, allowing you to sleep soundly knowing it’s filtering your air. Read more about the Snake plant here.
Another winner when it comes to cleaning your air, Aloe ALSO emits oxygen at night! This NASA approved plant filters out formaldehyde from your air supply and easy to care for. It’s also well known as a medicinal, able to help soothe sunburns and other skin conditions. Some other health benefits of aloe include its ability to relieve constipation, accelerates the healing of burns, heal mouth sores and ulcers, prevents wrinkles and can help heal your gut. The thick leaves of the aloe plant contain healthy compounds which are known to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and contain vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. This houseplant is wonderful to have around any time you get a nick or a bruise—just break off a leaf and place the gel along your place of injury. You can read more about it here.
Also known as chlorophytum comosum, don’t confuse the spider with the snake plant, even though they both clean your air. NASA’s research shows it can remove up to 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. Very Impressive! It will also get rid of odors and fumes, important for making your room as fresh and clean smelling as possible. Spider plants are able to grow in a wider variety of conditions and suffer from few problems. This is a great plant for beginners, bedrooms with low light, or those that travel a lot. In fact, the spider plant may thrive more from neglect than overparenting. Go for it and get a spider in your room. Read more about the snake plant here.
Surprise, surprise there’s another NASA approved plant on the list. This air purifying plant is simple to grow and needs moderate exposure to light. Studies have shown that the English Ivy can help with symptoms of allergies or asthma, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reported that in a 2005 experiment, English Ivy removed 94% of airborne FECES and 78% of airborne mold in just 212 hours. If you have pets or just bad hygiene, get this plant NOW! Read more about it here.
One of the most popular plants on earth, placing lavender in your bedroom is a winning combination. Lavender has been shown to relieve stress, relax the mind, and promote restful sleep. This amazing medicinal smells wonderful and brings to mind situations of calm and ease rather than worry or insomnia. Who doesn’t love lavender, and who wouldn’t want to smell fresh lavender every night before bed? For those of you interested in growing lavender indoors, read my post here. Lavender is not necessarily the easiest plant to grow inside, but with a bit of knowledge and a good old college try, you can be sleeping next to your very own lavender plant.
There are lots of options when it comes to decorating one’s house and bedroom, and if you’ve always wanted to know about great indoor plants for your bedroom, NASA’s top list of air cleaning plants are your first bet. Bring the exotic and mystical beauty of plants into your bedroom and create the ultimate oasis for yourself; mind, body, and spirit. It will make you feel a sense of calm and even cleaner air, not to mention the great natural decor it provides.