There are a lot of beneficial reasons to bring plants into the bedroom. The presence of greenery, in general, can have a calming effect, reduce stress, boost your mood, and also enhance creativity and productivity.
Besides bringing more calm and focus into your life, plants can also emit calming aromas that help you settle down to sleep, and some even have a knack for absorbing mold spores.
Besides tackling mold in the home, plants can also filter out toxins doubling as an air purifiers. (If you have enough of them, that is!)
It’s hard to believe, but the air quality in people’s homes and workplaces might play host to two to five times more pollutants than the outdoors. That’s why having plants in the place you rest can be so beneficial. So, here are seven of the best indoor plants for your bedroom.
1. Snake Plant
Bedrooms require more privacy and darkness for a night of deeper sleep, so they are usually lower-light places in the home. These qualities make the snake plant (Sansevieria) the perfect choice for the bedroom. It’s a low-maintenance plant that tolerates lower light levels and a fair amount of neglect.
But it’s not just beginner-friendly! The snake plant absorbs toxins, such as benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and trichloroethylene. Unlike some plants that emit carbon dioxide at night, the snake plant does the opposite — it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night.
Take note that the snake plant is toxic, so be careful if you have pets or children.
2. Golden Pothos
The pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is another low-maintenance houseplant that can tolerate a fair amount of neglect and low-light conditions. It’s important to note that while the pothos can survive in lower light, it will grow more slowly and likely lose its variegation.
Golden pothos also breaks down toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and trichloroethene. That ability makes it an air-quality boosting plant to have in your bedroom.
Unfortunately, the pothos is a toxic houseplant, so it’s best to keep it out of reach from children and pets.
3. Spider Plant
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a fast-growing houseplant that you can place almost anywhere in the home. In the oft-referenced NASA study, three common houseplants were tested on their abilities to remove formaldehyde from the air. The Spider plant came out on top.
Spider plants were able to remove 95 percent of formaldehyde from a sealed plexiglass chamber within 24 hours. For those unfamiliar, formaldehyde is a common carcinogen found in many building materials and household products.
4. Peace Lily
It can also break down toxins such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, and xylene. That power makes it one of the best air purifying on this list. To top it all off, the talented peace lily also absorbs mold spores into its leaves.
Be aware that the peace lily is a toxic houseplant, so keep it on a shelf or table away from pets and children.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadenis miller) is another multi-talented plant for the bedroom. Beyond the primary use of the gel inside its leaves to relieve burns, wounds, and skin irritations, this medicinal succulent is also great at absorbing formaldehyde and benzene.
Lavender (Lavandula) has many traditional uses as a medicinal herb, from treating headaches and anxiety via inhalation therapy. Besides helping calm the nervous system, lavender might help with skin ailments and joint and muscle pain.
It’s also a great plant to bring into the bedroom, as it reportedly aids in creating melatonin. That’s excellent news for those struggling with insomnia or who have trouble relaxing before bed
Another beautiful, fragrant plant to bring into the bedroom is jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum). In fact, some studies have shown that it can even be more effective than lavender in helping with deep sleep, and it also has the reported ability to lower anxiety levels.
It’s worth noting that not all jasmine flowers are aromatic, so make sure to pick up a plant that belongs to the Jasminum polyanthum species.
Make Your Bedroom A Calm Space
Plants can do it all: they purify the air and can boost your mood, creativity, and productivity. Plants are multi-talented additions to the home. When brought into the bedroom, they may also help you relax into a night of deep rest.
Do you know of any other indoor plants that are the perfect fit for the bedroom? Share in the comments below, and if you liked this article, pass it along to your friends.