Could houseplants help us feel happier while schooling from home?

potted plants in the sunlight

Many of us are spending a lot more time inside our homes right now and it’s more important than ever that our spaces serve as a respite for us. Houseplants are inexpensive and provide a variety of health benefits in addition to adding beauty to our homes and daily lives.

Plants reduce toxins and purify the air in our homes by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing the oxygen we need to breathe; breathing in clean, oxygen rich air can reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies. Some houseplants can add humidity to the air in a smaller space, so keeping a plant in your bedroom is a great way to improve the quality of your sleep.

Connecting with nature has incredible benefits to people’s mental and physical health; it can give us a sense of calm and helps us feel connected to the world around us. Admiring and caring for our plants gives us a sense of purpose and watching our plants grow and thrive is rewarding! Did you know that houseplants need to be cleaned? All you need is a damp cloth and a gentle touch to carefully wipe down their leaves. 

So, what types of plants make good houseplants?

Succulents are great for beginners as they are quite easy to care for and can withstand some neglect. Below are four types of house plants that can be found at most local gardening stores. Follow the links to learn more about each one!