Crazy plant lady? So are we. With their décor-boosting, room-lifting benefits – plants are the new art, and there’s no shame in hoarding them.

 

The thing is, if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been shopping for your houseplants based on the way they look and what their maintenance requirements are. That’s why so many of us have fiddle leaf figs, they’re majestic to look at – and they barely need watering. It’s a win-win.

 

While those factors are still good to keep in mind, plants can have other, better, benefits: health benefits.

 

Your environment has an impact on your health just like your diet and exercise does, and plants can have major effects on your mood, your stress levels, your sleep quality and even your breathing.

 

Plants thrive in Spring, even when they’re indoors. If you put them in a sunny spot and give them the care they need, they’ll flourish. We’ve rallied up the 5 plants that are both good to look at, and good for you

 

English Ivy

Add some sweet rustic charm to your home with English Ivy. Not only is it reminiscent of days gone by, keeping it indoors means you’re unleashing its powers in purifying the air in your home. According to Allergy and Air, English Ivy is particularly good at absorbing mold in the air – giving you a cleaner, healthier environment at home. These plants enjoy a bit of sunshine and slightly dry soil, so keep it in view of a window.

 

Spider Plant

The spider plant’s superpower lies in its ability to remove formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is a gas that comes from everyday things you bring into your home: paper bags, waxed papers, facial tissues and more. But that’s not all. Snake plants also help rid your home of carbon monoxide and other toxic air impurities.

These guys are pretty low-maintenance and don’t need watering often – just often enough to keep their soil slightly moist.

 

Boston Fern

They’re pretty, and they’re pretty good at keeping the air in your home clean. Boston plants are incredibly powerful in purifying air. In fact, they’re ranked in NASA’s list of air-purifying plants for their strength in removing compounds like formaldehyde, plastics, or cigarette smoke from the air, according to SF Gate.

 

Snake Plant

The beauty of the snake plant is that it absorbs CO2 and converts it into oxygen, allowing you to breathe easier. The best place for them is in the bedroom because they work at improving the air quality as you sleep. They’re also very good at removing a variety of toxic substances from the air inside your home. Another low-maintenance plant, the snake plant doesn’t need much attention – just a little bit of love.

 

Lavender

Ah, lovely lavender. With its instantly recognisable aroma, lavender is a very effective stress-reliever with wonderful mental health benefits. If your lavender plant is in your bedroom, it could help you nod off easier. No matter where it is in your home, catching a whiff of lavender will help soothe restlessness, nervousness, anxiety, depression and insomnia.