Recent research carried out by NASA and the American College has revealed that there are many physical and mental health benefits to having plants in your bedroom. But which ones are the best? I’ve spoken to DM Design, a specialist designer of bedroom furniture in Glasgow to discover the ideal houseplants. Let’s take a look.
What are the benefits of having plants in your bedroom?
Many of us don’t have the luxury of a large garden – and some don’t have a garden at all. Therefore, we’re lacking a lot of greenery, and houseplants are the only option.
Houseplants can also improve the aroma of your home, due to them acting as clean air machines without the significant cost. Studies have shown that houseplants have been found to help with concentration, promote better sleep and reduce anxiety among people who live around them on a day-to-day basis too.
Which plants to add
Here’s a list of four of the plants that NASA and the American College are recommending you place around your bedrooms to make it a healthier and more relaxing environment:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera plants, otherwise known as Aloe Barbadensis, have been grown by people for thousands of years and are one of the most widely used medicinal plants across the globe. This is because the clear and cool gel of an Aloe Vera leaf can be applied to burns, cuts, rashes and areas of sunburn to provide instant relief and speed up the healing process. As well as being great for your health, Aloe Vera plants have been deemed by NASA as one of the best plants for air purification. This is because they release oxygen on a regular basis during the night, not to mention fighting against both benzene — an ingredient of detergents — and formaldehyde — found in varnishes — to ensure a room’s air remains pure.
2. Areca Palm
Areca Palm has been named as one of NASA’s top 10 air purifying plants. What’s more, the plant has been said to be great for those who often have colds or sinus problems due to it regularly releasing moisture into the air. Aesthetically, the Areca Palm plant will add a touch of tropical climes to your bedroom thanks to its long and graceful feather-shaped fronds.
3. Boston Fern
The Boston Fern plant — or Nephrolepis Exaltata — is an aesthetically pleasing plant for your
bedroom, thanks to its graceful green and drooping fronds being naturally cut to create a ruffled
effect. It is also ranked in ninth place on NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants. A key reason for this is
that the plant is very adept at removing formaldehyde from rooms. When it comes to placing Boston Fern around your bedroom, take note that the plant is sensitive to chemicals. Smoke which come from coal fires and wood burners can also be toxic to the plant, which means that they should be placed away from any spaces susceptible to draughts. Due to its drooping appearance, places where Boston Fern look great include within a hanging basket, as well as across the edge of either a shelf or bookcase.
4. Chinese Evergreen
One of the most appealing aspects of the Chinese Evergreen plant — also known as Aglaonema — is that it is one of the easiest houseplants to look after. This is because the plant can grow even in areas of low light — no need to worry about placing it in a dark bedroom then. From the perspective of looking out for your health, the Chinese Evergreen plant works to remove more and more toxins from a room as the time passes and its exposure to the space grows.
Have you got any of these in your home? I’d love to know!