In a world where we all spend more time at home than ever before, it is important to be cognizant of how your space makes you feel. Houseplants are a great way to boost your mood while making your living space more clean and comfortable.

The Science of Houseplants

Contrary to popular belief, houseplants do not actually purify the air. However, they have impressive, lesser-known benefits.
  1. Anxiety Relief - Thanks to our ancestors, the human eye can see more shades of the color green than any other color. Green, naturally associated with nature and open space, has been shown to trigger deep breathing and reduced blood pressure.
  2. Increased Life Expectancy - Based on a 2016 Harvard study, higher levels of green vegetation in close proximity to an individual’s home is associated with decreased mortality rates by alleviating adverse environmental factors, increasing physical activity and reducing stress.
  3. Aromatherapy - Plants like basil, lavender and rosemary are not only useful to have on hand for cooking, but are also extremely aromatic. Growing these herbs in your kitchen or bathroom is a great way to integrate aromatherapy into your daily life.
  4. Mood Boost - Taking care of a houseplant has been proven to increase an individual’s sense of belonging. I can attest, it is very rewarding to witness a plant bloom and grow under your care.

Get Started With Your Own Houseplants

Here are five low-maintenance houseplants to kick start your sanctuary, including great options for those who think they can’t keep a plant alive! [caption id="attachment_18419" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Devil's Ivy | Houseplants | Julieta | The most comfortable heels. Photo by Severin Candrian[/caption]

Pothos/Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

This gorgeous, sprawling plant thrives while being ignored. It looks great on a bookcase and is impossible to kill. It’s also very easy to propagate! Linked is the video I referenced during my first propagation. [caption id="attachment_18420" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Spider Plant | Houseplants | Julieta | The most comfortable heels. Photo by Abel Y Costa[/caption]

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

This spunky plant is perfect for a home office because it needs bright to moderate indirect sunlight. Plus, it’s quite easy to grow. Put it in a decorative pot and watch it thrive. [caption id="attachment_18421" align="aligncenter" width="400"]White Nerve Houseplants | Julieta | The most comfortable heels. Photo by Yingchih[/caption]

White Nerve (Fittonia albivenis)

Nerve plants are more finicky than the rest. They like warm temperatures (68 degrees F+) and require frequent misting. This plant is perfect for people who typically overwater. I promise this plant is worth the additional effort.   [caption id="attachment_18422" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Snake Plant | Houseplants | Julieta | The most comfortable heels. Photo by Kelly Sikkema[/caption]

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plants are tall and great for a large floor pot. They are practically indestructible and have gorgeous streaks of yellow. I imagine a snake plant fitting great next to a couch or reading chair. [caption id="attachment_18423" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Bird's Nest Fern | Houseplants | Julieta | The most comfortable heels. Photo by Severin Candrian[/caption]

Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

Bird's Nest Ferns love humidity, so a great place for this plant is in your bathroom! Picture a cute stool near your bathtub or on your vanity. This plant does not need direct sunlight and grows steadily in all seasons.