As the seasons change and winter rolls in, we spend significantly less time outdoors, which means we are significantly more likely to experience poor air quality. Although we may not realize it as we go about our daily lives, indoor toxins can have a drastic impact on our health, potentially leading to Asthma, allergies, inflammation, and even cancer.
Also there’s nothing worse than tossing and turning all night, before being awoken by the sound of your alarm clock just minutes after you finally manage to nod off! These sleepless nights can take their toll on our energy, productivity, mood and overall quality of life.
One way to ensure a better quality of sleep is to fill your home with beautiful flowers and plants. Not only do they look great and bring vitality and life to your living spaces, but they can have fantastic relaxing and purifying benefits – which in turn can promote a healthy sleeping pattern.
With stress and anxiety causing half of all insomnia issues, it’s a good idea to fill your home and bedroom with a variety of plants that have a calming effect.
After all, studies clearly show that spending time in nature reduces stress levels, so why not simply bring nature indoors?
Jasmine: for better and quality sleep
“King of the Garden”, “Mistress of the Night”, “Moonlight of the Grove”, these are some of the titles used to describe jasmine. The small white flowers of this shrub are the ones that produce the fragrance that has captured poets’ imagination and perfumers’ fancy since ancient times.
Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family that is commonly found outdoors, but can live indoors as well.
Jasmine is a common outdoor vining plant in warmer climates but can do well indoors anywhere where there’s enough natural day light. It emits scents that have shown to make for better sleep, as well as increase your levels of alertness.
Lavender: reduce anxiety and stress
The smell of lavender is recognized everywhere as a great aid for relaxation. Lavender has been proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels, which is why it’s perfect for the bedroom. A study by the Miami Miller School of Medicine even showed that the scent of lavender in bath oil calmed babies and sent them off into a deeper sleep, while also reducing stress in the mother. The lavender plant likes warmth and sunlight, so ensure to place it on a sunny windowsill and water sparingly.
Rosemary: improve your memory
Rosemary is also a member of the mint family. A perennial herb, native to the Mediterranean region. In folk medicine, rosemary has been associated for centuries with having a good memory. It has been proven to be effective at increasing your memory as well as the overall air quality in the room. Not only does it help you stay sharp, but it smells delightful and improves air quality. With the exam season approaching and revision under way, university researchers have suggested that the smell of rosemary could enhance memory.
A study found that pupils working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5% to 7% better results in memory tests. Mark Moss from Northumbria University said the findings were consistent with tests on adults. Dr Moss said the study supported traditional beliefs about rosemary. He said that rosemary had been associated with memory for hundreds of years. Ancient Greek students wore garlands of rosemary in exams – and Ophelia, in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, says: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”
Source: Exam revision students ‘should smell rosemary for memory’
By Sean Coughlan Education correspondent
Aloe Vera: improve overall air quality
Many people have Aloe Vera in their homes because of its healing ability. Aloe Vera however, is also a great plant to improve your indoor air quality. It is easy to grow and it helps to keep your home free from benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners. Use these plants for their superior ability to increase the overall quality of air with fresh oxygen. More oxygen in the room can help you get to sleep and stay asleep
English Ivy Plant: reduce mold count
English Ivy is a species of flowering plant native to Europe and Western Asia. This plant has been proven to reduce airborne mold by 94%, which can have a significant benefit for those who suffer from allergies or lung irritation.
Snake Plant: air quality, prevent headaches, eye irritation and respiratory problems;
it can make you more energetic.
Snake Plant is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae native to West Africa. This is one of the most recommended plants to keep in your home because of it’s ability to improve air quality. The best spot is in your bedroom as snake plant converts CO2 into oxygen at night. It’s also helpful in treating headaches, eye irritation, respiratory problems and can make you more energetic.
Any scent you love Simply put, any fragrance that makes you happy can promote sleep. Your olfactory system is directly linked to the emotional center in your brain—so when you sniff something that brings back a good memory (like pumpkin pie) or makes you feel excited and full of anticipation (such as the smell of sunscreen), your body releases feel-good, relaxing chemicals that can set the stage for great sleep. Once you’ve found your sleep-enhancing scent, bring it into your bedroom.