Can Houseplants Really Improve Your Health?

Houseplants and your health

Studies show that the care and nurturing of houseplants may lower stress levels, reduce levels of anxiety and depression, and improve the body’s ability to heal. Some practitioners in England are even prescribing potted plants to patients, according to this article. Not only are plants good for your mental health, but we all learned in science class that plants produce oxygen, and if you grow edible plants, like herbs and vegetables, they are good for your body too. Empaths are especially drawn to plants.

If you’ve ever planted seeds and watched as they sprouted a few days later, you know the excitement and joy plants can bring. I remember planting a pack of zinnias with my daughter one year and being so surprised when they all sprouted and filled our garden with a burst of multi-colored blooms. As a teacher, I planted beans with my science students and watched their delighted faces as they came into class each day to see the roots growing, and eventually the little seedling and then taller bean plant. Even as an adult, I never tire of the miracle of watching seed to plant growth.

I still get excited when I cut a leaf from an indoor plant and put it in a vase of water to see roots growing in a few short days. We’ve grown our indoor plant collection quite a bit by starting cuttings.

Easy indoor plants to start with

These are a few of the plants we’ve loved and found easy to grow.

  1. Pothos- The Pothos variety of plants is pretty easy to grow. Water them once a week and they will take off. If you forget, they will remind you by becoming droopy. There are so many beautiful varieties too. We have Golden Pothos, Queen Marble Pothos, Silver Pothos and Neon Pothos in our collection so far.
  2. Sansevieria- Sometimes called “snake plant” or “mother-in-law’s tongue”, this plant requires medium light and little water.
  3. Spider Plant- These plants are not too picky about light and don’t need to be watered too often. Water once a week or when it starts looking droopy.
  4. Ponytail Palm- This plant needs a mostly sunny spot, but it doesn’t require a lot of water. My daughter has one on her dresser and rarely remembers to water it.
  5. Philodendron- It doesn’t need a lot of light, and you can water it once a week. Ours has green leaves with holes that look like swiss cheese.
  6. ZZ Plant- It has dark green leaves that grow tall. It doesn’t need a lot of light, can tolerate low water and low humidity.
  7. Scheffelera- This plant grows well outdoors, but can be grown indoors as well. Water once a week.
  8. Christmas Cactus- This succulent is one of the few that does well indoors. It doesn’t need much water and will produce colorful white, purple, pink or red blooms once a year, usually in winter, hence the name, Christmas Cactus.
  9. Monstera- These plants grow really large and have dramatic green leaves. We have one indoors in a large pot near a sunny window. I water it once or twice a week.
  10. Pepperonia- There are many beautiful varieties of this plant. They are easy to care for and easy to make cuttings and propagate.

You may have seen lots of succulents in cute pots at all the stores. Succulents look easy, but they need a lot of light and very little water. Ours do better outside. Also, if you have pets, beware of toxicity to pets when you choose your plants.

Other ways to enjoy plants

People have used herbs and essential oils for thousands of years for their healing properties. Today, many medications are synthetic and man-made. If you’ve ever had side effects, you may have wondered about natural methods of healing. Herbs and essential oils can have side effects too, so do some research before trying these or find a practitioner to guide you. Here are a few resources to check out, and if you want to know more about getting started with essential oils, check out my website here.

Books on Amazon (The Herb books were suggested by @Wellnesswithlinds on TikTok)

  1. The Modern Herbal Dispensatory
  2. The Herbal Apothecary
  3. The Essential Life
  4. Essential Emotions

Join my Facebook group, Rebooting Health For Empaths to get a free e-book on 10 Ways To Get More Energy. If you are wanting to start a morning routine that can help you improve energy and other healthy habits, I have a mini course called, Transformational Morning Routine For Empaths. You can check that out and my other coaching programs here.

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