Whether you're too hot in this Summer heat (yeah, as if) and can't sleep, got a Summer cold, live in a mould hot pocket or have just got too much on your mind, don't worry. Plants are the answer. They have magical powers to calm, soothe and relax you (and they're great listeners). Read our top tips below.
If you have a cold or suffer from sinus trouble; cue the areca palm. By releasing moisture into the atmosphere, it eradicates dry air. It also purifies the air, removing toxins and carbon dioxide.
Aloe was named by NASA as one of the top air-purifying plants – it works much like mother-in-law’s tongue to give out oxygen during the night. It’s also super-easy to look after so ideal for sleep-deprived types with busy lives.
English Ivy can substantially reduce the amount of mould in the air of your home. Research has suggested that, “As airborne mould spores have been linked to a variety of serious illnesses, English ivy could reduce indoor mould counts." Sounds like a winner for any basement flat.
Gerbera is a flowering plant that does the same job as our Aloe friend.
This plant has a gentle, soothing effect on the body and mind. It has been shown in one study to reduce anxiety levels, leading to a greater quality of sleep.
You only have to breathe in a noseful of this plant to experience it's instant calming effect. But you don’t need to take our word for it. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the link between lavender and relaxation.