Plants not only have the power to transform your apartment into a green and lush oasis but can also help you to relax and unwind. Cactus, succulents, and herbs are all over Instagram and completely on-trend for any interior looking for a boost of life. Whether you want to add some nature to your home office or bedroom, you can reap the wellness and health benefits. Here are five amazing ways plants can help you relax and improve your overall wellbeing.

1. Plants can help you relax through eliminating harmful toxins and improve air quality in your environment

Plants are natural air purifiers and can help to remove toxins from the atmosphere. NASA’s popular Clean Air Study found the chemicals in the air could lead to negative health effects depending on your exposure. Plants can take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen, improving the air quality. They also help to reduce airborne dust levels and increase air humidity. This can reduce coughing, itchy eyes and fatigue.   Fantastic air-filtering plants are Spider Plants, Dwarf Date Palm, and Chinese Evergreen.

2. Plants can help you relax simply because of their color: Greenery is good for the mind, body, and soul

If you’re like most people then you probably spend the majority of your time inside, crouched over a desk working away. Research has found that ‘forest bathing’ is extremely good for you, decreasing blood pressure and lowering stress levels. When you don’t have the opportunity to get out, bringing the green inside can work wonders for your wellbeing and mental health.

3. Plants can help you relax simply through reducing background noise

There’s nothing worse than trying to relax and constantly being bombarded by background noise if you live near a busy road or area. Create a stress-free, relaxing plant sanctuary and help reduce noise levels indoors. Large plants with a big surface area are more effective at absorbing sound and creating a sense of tranquility. Place plants around the perimeter of your space so that the sound bounces off the walls and straight into the leaves.

4. Plants can help you relax simply through helping you get better quality sleep

Make your bedside table look bright and your sleeping space welcoming with a few well-placed pots. Sleep is so important to your general wellbeing and quality of life. Being able to create a place where you can relax and unwind after a busy day is the key to getting high-quality sleep. Certain plants have sleep-promoting qualities that can help with insomnia including eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary.

5. Plants can help you relax simply through providing stress-relief therapy

Nurturing and looking after plants is a natural form of therapy, great for your emotional wellbeing and mental health. Gardening has been found to ease stress and relieve feelings of anxiety. Whether you have several plants to take care of or just a couple, seeing your plant grow feels very rewarding and will boost your self-esteem. Disconnect, unplug and recharge while taking care of your plants. Being surrounded by nature helps to make you mindful and much more patient. Try tending to your garden before bed to set you up for a great night’s sleep.