Mental health, house plants & me

I’m sure most of us have heard by now that house plants can help support mental health and overall well-being, and it makes perfect sense. Not only do they look great, but numerous research studies suggest that they can also help reduce stress levels, improve general mood, encourage creativity, boost productivity and, of course, clean air.

Let’s face it, the last two years have been stressful and uncertain, and I’m not afraid to admit that I have grown my indoor plant collection like an absolute trooper! Being surrounded by numerous house plants in my living space has provided a continuous focus, and a wonderful distraction from the, sometimes, gruelling and relentless news from the outside world.

Even now, as we slowly emerge from the Covid-19 horror show, my humble house plants, to me, signify stability and calm. Not only that, but for many, they offer a form of day-to-day routine. So, there really is something truly delightful about nurturing something that forces you to be present in the moment. But don’t just take my word for it, experience it for yourself!

To help you on your house plant journey, I’ve collated my top 3 plants that have helped me (and continue to do so!) feel sane.

  1. The almighty yet calming: Peace Lily

A natural air purifier, the gorgeous Peace Lily oozes self-care qualities and does an excellent job at improving the flow of energy in my living space by neutralising any harmful indoor chemicals.

Even NASA highly rates a Peace Lily, claiming it to be one of the most effective air purifying house plants on the market. With its glossy deep green foliage and angelic-like flowers, it’s also believed to help people flourish mentally and physically.

As well as its fresh and uplifting yet tranquil and calming presence, this plant is long-lasting and easy-going. A great choice to have in the home to help an anxious and racing mind.

  1. The gift that keeps on giving: Philodendron Scandens Micans

This plant isn’t known to have any natural air purifying qualities; however, I just really like how it looks in my living room.

In my humble opinion, there’s not much to dislike about the Philodendron Scandens Micans. With its long velvet-textured, heart-shaped leaves with rusty red undertones, its simple beauty has subtlety distracted me many times into the present moment since purchasing it back in 2020.

Not only that, but it’s so easy to care for and will literally not stop growing. NASA might not rate Philodendron Scandens Micans, but I certainly do!

  1. A hard to kill plant that makes you think you’re doing a great job: Snake Plant

This durable and hardy tough nut gives off a strong and protective energy in my living space, providing me with a gentle reminder to survive and thrive during unprecedented and wonky times.

This unique plant is also well-known to work wonders in your home by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, meaning its great at cleansing oxygen in living spaces that have poor air flow – I’ll take three, please!

As well as the health benefits of owning a Snake Plant, it also looks excellent pretty much anywhere in the home. This one is a no-brainer!

A little side note …

If you’re already feeling guilty about spending money on creating or adding to your green zen den, then please don’t. Look at it like a form of self-care that you totally deserve to have in your life! And remember, as always, at whatever stage you are at in your mental health or house plant journey, House of Kojo have got your back.

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