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THE HIDDEN BENEFITS THAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW INDOOR PLANTS HAD

It is no secret that indoor plants have steadily grown into one of the hottest home decor trends with an abundance of new Aussie plant parents. Not only are indoor plants easy to take care of, they have many practical health benefits that you may not know about.

While indoor plants look fantastic in the home, many of us don’t think about the benefits that these plant-babies actually have on our lifestyles. Indoor plants can improve air quality, increase overall well-being and even soothe anxiety making plants a wonderful addition to your home.

Removing toxins from the air: A spider plant is great for removing formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other toxic air impurities from your home. These toxins are more common than you’d think and can be found in household items like paper bags, tissues, napkins and synthetic fabrics. The spider plant is able to grow in any type of soil and only requires the occasional water, meaning they are easy to maintain! Remember to keep them out of direct sunlight and your plant will continue to flourish!

Use as a healing ointment: Chances are you’ve probably used some form of aloe vera before, whether it was for sunburn, cold sores, frostbite or psoriasis. Aloe vera has been used worldwide for thousands of years to heal common illnesses. To give your aloe vera the best chance of survival, invest in a liquid fertliser such as the new Osmocote Pour+Feed. This will ensure your plant gets all the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Aloe vera plants should be placed under indirect sunlight and watered around every three weeks once the soil becomes semi-dry.

Improve indoor air quality: If you are looking for a plant that will improve the air quality within the bedroom, snake plants are an essential addition. Whilst this plant will remove the toxins from any room in the home, they work best in the bedroom as they do most of their work at night. While you sleep, this particular plant works hard to convert the carbon dioxide into oxygen meaning you will receive a better night’s sleep. The snake plant is a considerably easy plant to look after and tends to grow better when the soil dries out between watering. 

Soothes anxiety: Known for its enticing smell and calming properties, lavender is a plant that everyone should have in the home. Lavender plants work best in bedrooms as its soothing properties may help those who suffer from anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. Lavender plants like to absorb moisture from a small but rich amount of soil with lots of sunlight. For best results, plant your lavender in a shallow pot with a premium quality potting mix with the Australian Standard Red tick, which ensures that the mix has been manufactured to comply with Australian Standards and place close to a sunny window. This will ensure your lavender gets a good balance between holding moisture and draining well plus all the essential nutrients for healthy growth.  

Improve concentration and memory: Rosemary has been used in folk medicine for centuries to help improve concentration and memory. Whilst it is usually kept in the kitchen for cooking, you should place rosemary plants around your home in places that you might need a mental boost, like an office or study. 

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