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5 Plants That Fight the Winter Blues


It's not uncommon to feel a little down this time of year. The combination of frigid temperatures in much of the country, nasty winter weather, and a lack of sunlight causes many to experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

To combat the winter blues, research suggests that bringing plants into the home can not only reduce stress, they can also improve a home's air quality, brighten up the living space, and even help with pain management. A recent article in Houselogic also points out that taking care of plants can also improve the overall quality of life.

What is it about plants that makes people happier? The concept of biophilia suggests that people have a subconscious bond with nature, and bringing nature indoors can provide positive feelings and stress relief.

Plants can also improve a space's overall air quality. "According to research done by NASA back in the late 1980s, certain plants will even filter harmful pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia from the air," Houselogic points out. The best plants to improve a home's air quality:

  1. Boston Fern

  2. English Ivy

  3. Spider Plant

  4. Bamboo Palm

  5. Weeping Fig

  6. Flamingo Lily

  7. Peace Lily

  8. Cornstalk Dracaena.

The best plants to combat winter sadness:

  1. Anthuriums.

  2. Ferns, particularly the Kimberly Queen (Nephrolepis obliterata) and Boston (Nephrolepis exaltata) varieties.

  3. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum).

  4. Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum).

  5. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, Sword Plant, or Snake Plant (Sansevieria).

Source: "Sick of Winter? These Houseplants Will Perk Up Your Mood (Yes, Really)," Houselogic.

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