Most of us are aware that plants are good for us! You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that indoor plants not only look beautiful, but they are good for your health. I will caution you that if you have pets, please do your research to know which ones could be toxic to them!
Plants seem to have a stress-reducing effect, so they are good, not only at home, but also at the workplace. They help build toward our sense of well-being. Some studies have shown that students do better in school when plants are in their environment.
Plants can help clean the air we breathe by reducing carbon dioxide, benzene, and nitrogen dioxide (pollutants), increase humidity (office buildings especially can be dry), reduce dust in the air, help to lessen noise from neighboring highways, and can assist in deflecting background noise. Plants can even help support healing at hospitals (check your hospital’s policy first)!
One of the most common plants we can have inside or outside is peppermint. It’s inexpensive to purchase, and you can often even find organic varieties at reasonable prices. Peppermint should be a hardy plant. Some of its benefits include being anti-inflammatory, it kills germs, and it can help relieve cramps and other pain. Some people may find relief from insomnia, colds, and headaches. Use as a tea or make a tincture, or just add it to your dinner plate!
The aloe vera plant is another great choice. It is found as an ingredient in many products we see and purchase on the shelves, like in skin-care products, after-sun products, etc. Since it is a succulent, it only usually needs to be watered when dry – sometimes every three weeks! Aloe has the ability to reduce skin inflammation (and some tout its efficacy as a drink, reducing inflammation internally as well), and it can assist with digestion. It can help relieve constipation and encourage growth of healthy gut flora, making it excellent for the immune system overall. Aloe plants are easy to find in stores and you can grow it yourself from seeds.
The last pick of the day is the sage plant, a spice we often use when preparing poultry dishes. Well – it has so many other great qualities! For example, you can use sage to help with cognition. It has anti-inflammatory properties, it is antiseptic and anti-bacterial, and in ancient times, sage was used as fertility medicine. (I’m not sure if that works or not!) Some people have also steamed sage to help with breathing issues, like asthma. It is good for respiratory issues in general, as well as muscle aches, fatigue, and in menopause.
This video from The Healthy Life discusses superfoods growing naturally in many places, and these can also be planted also in your own garden or grown indoors. It’s quite interesting and beautiful.
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