These 6 Plants Will Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sanctuary
Your living room could give the Royal Botanic Gardens a run for its money, and your penchant for greenery is taking up some serious bench space in the kitchen. But somehow, your bedroom is as lifeless as your body after the third snoozed alarm.
Though some of us have been under the assumption that indoor plants in the bedroom are dangerous because they emit carbon dioxide at night, humans (and our pets) actually release more CO2 than plants. Not only is it safe to get your green thumb on in the bedroom, there are actually a host of plants that work as natural air purifiers and can help aid in a good night’s sleep.
Thinking of bringing the outside indoors and enlivening your bedroom décor? Here are the best plants to bring to bed with you.
Honestly, just saying the word lavender relaxes me. Known the world over for its calming properties, the purple perfume is the perfect plant to introduce to your bedside. Not only has it been proven to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and people’s stress levels, it also promises to help you sleep. Under the right conditions, lavender can thrive indoors. If you can remember to water it when the soil feels dry and ensure it gets bright, direct light for a few hours during the day, it’ll reward you with plenty of shuteye.
Another deeply relaxing plant, the scent of the Jasmine flower has long been used to help reduce anxiety whilst promoting tranquillity and mindfulness. On top of that, it’s a really beautiful looking plant, so it pretty much ticks all the boxes when it comes to the perfect bedroom greenery. Jasmine thrives best by the window, so put the pot on your bedroom windowsill and watch it bloom—if it hasn’t put you to sleep already.
The alternate name for this one should snap you right out of your relaxation zone. Otherwise known as ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’ for its long, sharp, pointed leaves, this succulent-like plant is near impossible to kill. It also happens to be an amazing natural air purifier that emits oxygen at night, so it helps improve the air quality in your bedroom while you snooze. In fact, NASA conducted its own studies and found it to be one of the most effective plants for removing harmful chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and ammonia from the air. If it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for us!
If the name isn’t enough of an indication, the peace lily is the perfect plant to bring some Zen into the bedroom. Not only does it look beautiful but it also works to clean the air by increasing the humidity by up to 5% which promotes better breathing while you’re sleeping. In terms of care, much like our own bodies, they’ll let you know when they’re being mistreated. Once their quenched, their wilted leaves will iron right out.
Is there anything more soothing than the gel of an Aloe Vera leaf after a long day in the sun? The medicinal succulent is a natural remedy for everything from sunburn to cuts and even psoriasis. Not only is it super easy to care for (it can survive weeks without water), it also produces oxygen at night which encourages a healthy sleeping environment. All it needs is a lot of sun and a grateful, well-rested owner. Sweet dreams.