Mood Altering And Calming Effects Of House Plants

Mood Altering And Calming Effects Of House Plants

If you’ve ever been in a household that is stressed, you know well the feeling of hustle and bustle that is always ongoing. A great way to help calm those around you and alter the mood of stress is by adding in house plants.

boston fernHouse plants can lend a touch of color to any area of a home. They can soothe a stressful atmosphere and create an ambiance that helps to improve the mood as well.

When the weather turns gray and cold, many people head indoors only to struggle with depression and feelings of anxiety. Choosing the right house plants can do wonders to help alleviate these feelings.

By selecting greenery to help liven up the home and create a lovely ambiance it’s sure to give some semblance of calm to the room.

Many people select fern’s light airy plants to help soothe their nerves. Plants can also help to lift the mood by helping to change carbon dioxide into oxygen.

Plants are also beneficial as they can pull toxins from the air removing such chemicals as benzene and even, formaldehyde. These chemicals can come into the home through the carpeting and other furnishings.

House plants have long been known to create an ambiance all their own and freshen up a room. They can have delicate flowers with lovely scents that can also help to lift the mood.

Good plants to choose to help lift the mood are orchids. Orchids help to soothe the nerves as they are sturdy and strong on their stem while offering up a fresh fragrance.

They are found in a variety of scent that can be chocolatey (who doesn’t want chocolate when they’re stressed or depressed?) and lighter airy scents such as vanilla.

Ferns are delicate and lacey or they can be sturdy and have large fronds. They can make the room look tropical and inviting. A room that creates this ambiance will help to calm and lift the mood.

Airplane plants are also known as spider plants and they are great for removing airborne bacteria and even mold spores from the home.

To keep plants looking fresh and calming the mood, it’s wise to consider only watering once per week. Over watering is the most common reason that house plants die.

Live Potted Plants In Pots At Interior
Live potted plants in pots in an interior setting

Instead, give them plenty of proper soil such as perlite, peat moss or sphagnum moss and avoid putting rocks or gravel in the bottoms of the pots.

Remember that plants need plenty of light, as well. A plant that is getting plenty of light will grow beautifully and that light can also help to improve the mood so consider the plant as a great incentive to lighten up the room. The light works both ways as it keeps the plant alive and it also helps to alter a depressed mood.

Humidity can be very beneficial to the health of house plants and it can also help to keep a person feeling great. Dry air can wreck havoc on anyone’s health. It can lead to sinus conditions and other issues.

Plants that receive enough humidity are going to work even harder to remove toxins from the home. These toxins can cause a person to become depressed. In fact, toxins can also stress people out and cause them to feel more angst.

By working overtime, house plants improve health, improve moods, calm the stressed and help people to enjoy a little bit of sunshine in the dark winter months.

Two to three large house plants are ideal to help keep a 150 square foot room healthy. Place these in a six to eight food square radius of where you spend the most time for the best benefits.

Jonathan Leger is a member of the Garden Writer’s Association and a gardening enthusiast. He runs a site dedicated to the history, education and care of knockout roses at