A look into the trends of Instagram immediately points to the rise of millennials and gen-z embracing nature in its elemental form. From landscaped gardens to potted wonders, once you start, it will never be enough! As the plants become an integral part of décor today, here are few plants that you can add to your bedrooms to help you have a sound and peaceful sleep.
Should You Keep Plants In The Bedroom?
There are a lot of contradictory beliefs about keeping plants in your bedroom. If you believe in Feng Shui, you might know that geomancy doesn’t promote the idea of owning a plant in the bedroom. Yet you can find several plant enthusiasts who can vouch for the positive effects of having plants around as you sleep. So, breaking them down, here are the points that matter for you:
- Though plants release oxygen, the process takes place only during daytime (i.e., in the presence of sunlight), where oxygen is a by-product. At other times, all plants respire, that is, give out carbon dioxide just like us.
- There are some plants like succulents and desert plants that take in carbon dioxide during the nighttime. They store them for photosynthesis that occurs on the following day. The oxygen formed as a by-product release during the night. Hence, the oxygen is released immediately and does not replenish throughout the night.
- Thus, no matter what plant you keep, apart from different aesthetic values, scientifically, they don’t exert influence to a large extent. Keeping plants around has a lesser impact on oxygen-carbon dioxide levels than having a human sleep next to you. That is, in short, you don’t need to worry even if you plan to create a forest in your bedroom.
Plants To Keep You Company!
However, speaking on the topic, some plants are more preferred than others for bedrooms.
- Some plants are capable of filtering the allergens in the air, improving the air quality.
- Others release a soft aroma, helping to relax the body and thereby induce sleep.
- Even the publicized plants (though for the wrong reason) is a good addition. They may not replenish the room with oxygen, but they decrease carbon dioxide levels in the air by taking them during the night.
So, keeping the above points in mind, the top favorite bedroom plants for plant lovers are here!
For The Aroma
Scented plants act as tranquilizers helping to soothe the body into a state of relaxation. Apart from the flowering beauty adding to the grace of the décor, the sweet whiff of the plant helps to induce sleep.
The soft sweet fragrance has indeed captured our hearts decades back. The delicate scent lingers on soothing the mind and relieving people of both anxiety and stress. This answers why many of the therapeutic oils and essential oils come in lavender fragrances. Hence, bring the natural beauty to your bedrooms and let the aroma do the magic every night.
The jasmines release their sweet fragrance around evening, with the fragrance slowly engulfing the entire area. These small white-colored flowers can be grown as a creeper or hung down from the pot. The scent is therapeutic, helping to decrease anxiety and stress levels.
The plant is believed to be a natural sedative, with them having a significant effect in lowering anxiety. However, the flowering plant requires maintenance to grow appropriately in indoor conditions.
Plants To Decrease The Carbon Dioxide Level
Many desert plants are a great addition to the bedrooms as they decrease the carbon dioxide levels, apart from adding to the oxygen level in the air. Since they are hardy plants, they don’t require much maintenance.
- Aloe Vera
These plants take in carbon dioxide during the night, thus decreasing carbon dioxide levels in the rooms to some extent. They also can filter the air of some chemicals like benzene, increasing the overall air quality. Since they are succulents, they don’t need frequent watering. Thus, keeping your space clean and green!
- Snake Plant
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, these are a top favorite for indoor plants. Apart from absorbing the carbon dioxide, the plant also removes some allergens like benzene and toluene. They are easy to maintain and bring aesthetic value to the décor.
- Money Plants
Popularly known as Pothos or Devil’s Ivy, the creepers improve air quality by increasing oxygen levels. The creepers add color to your bedroom with green and yellow-colored leaves. Make sure you keep them away from direct sunlight.
Plants To Purify The Allergens
- Peace Lily
These plants grow best in indirect lighting, making them a suitable addition to a bedroom. The plant purifies pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene, improving the air quality and helping in sleep. But they are poisonous in ingestion; therefore, they should be kept out of reach from children and pets.
- English Ivy
The creepers are known for their power to decrease airborne mold. Thus, clearing the air of allergens is perfect for people with asthma. They are ideal to be on pots away from direct sunlight. However, the plant is dangerous for ingestion; hence, keep them away from pets and children.
- Spider Plants
Another favorite indoor plant, spider plants, eliminate toxins and odor from air, purifying it naturally. These are easy to care for without demanding much maintenance, making them suitable for people with little time to spare.
Caring Of Indoor Plants
There should be great care taken while growing indoor plants to ensure they do not ruin the space.
- Some plants don’t bear direct light, whereas others want their daily dose of ample sunlight. Bearing this in mind, place the plants accordingly to ensure they remain green throughout.
- You should be careful while watering. Excess water will either drain out, ruin your bedroom, or cause the plant to die, whereas too little water will make the plant wilt.
- Regularly trim the plant to give them space to grow. Since pots often don’t provide enough space, overcrowding is a possibility.
- Look out for bugs. They often make their nest among the foliage; hence, they either keep the plants clean or a little away from the sleeping area.
Indoor plants are great for bedrooms as they improve the quality of the air. With no visible harm, there is no reason why you shouldn’t add them to your space! It is worthwhile to remember that this effect greatly depends on the plant type, the number of plants, and the size of the room and are in no way comparable to the purifying machines. But the plants give a calming vibe to the space with their greenery and do their little part in improving the air quality.