Healing Power of Plants – The Air that we Breathe
Plants play a major factor in our life. Connecting with the amazing power of healing plants can provide us with nourishment, warmth and medicine. Plants regulate the earths’ atmosphere by filtering out everyday pollution, like carbon dioxide, and releasing oxygen back into the environment for us to breathe.
For thousands of years, plants have been utilized for their bark, seeds, roots, oils, fruits and flowers. They help us to maintain good health and fight disease. Today, we have an even greater knowledge of the healing power of plants, as our wisdom has increased over the years.
Keeping plants around the home enhance healing. Just being in proximity to plants boosts feelings of calm and aids fast recovery from illness.
Plants have an amazing range of properties which are used in many ways in todays society. We use air cleaning plants in our homes and offices, which add humidity to our dry, centrally heated living areas. They are also able to absorb harmful compounds found in furnishings, cleaning products and solvents.
Mental and Physical benefits
Going for walks in nature is not only great physical exercise, but has great mental benefits too. Being at one with the world of trees and plants can greatly reduce stress levels and anxiety. The colour green has long been associated with feelings of calmness, hence why dentist surgeries and doctors waiting rooms are generally painted green.
Caring for plants in our homes and work places can uplift our mood, increase concentration levels and improve our general well-being. Simply looking at or touching plants can give us a sense of peace and calm.
When you invite plants into your life and begin to care for them, they in turn will give care back to you.
Below I have compiled a list of my 10 favourite, easy to care for houseplants, so that you can bring the amazing power of healing plants into your life.
Top 10 List of Healing Plants
1.) Spider Plant ( Chlorophytum Comosum)
– Likes filtered sun or light shade
– Keep compost moist spring to autumn. Allow drying out in between watering during winter.
– Cuttings can be taken from parent plant and re potted into smaller pots.
– The Spider Plant is one of the easiest plants to care for. It is also an excellent air cleaning. Formaldehyde and Xylene, found in furnishings and adhesives can build up in the air causing migraine, coughs and dizziness. The Spider plant can remove these. It is also a very pretty plant to have in the home.
2.) Air Plants ( Tillandsia)
– Keep out of direct sunlight
– Sit plant in a shallow dish of water for 30 minutes once a week.
– Likes warmth and good air circulation
– These delicate, yet easy to care for plants absorb water through their leaves rather than their roots. They are ” epiphytes”, which do not feed off their host plant, but instead use their roots to anchor themselves to its bark or branches.
They are an ideal plant to keep if you have limited space in your home or office.
3.) Peace Lily ( Spathiphyllum)
– Light shade
– Allow compost drying out between watering. Do not allow wilting, as this will cause the leaves to turn yellow. Remove the white flowers as they turn brown.
– The Peace Lily will bloom reliably for many months. It will withstand poor lighting as well as a degree of neglect. It will work hard to remove compounds, such as adhesives, from the atmosphere. Tests have shown that the peace lily is also capable of removing airborne mold, which can help to alleviate asthma and allergies.
4.) Aloe ( Aloe Vera)
– Bright or filtered light
– Water once a fortnight spring to autumn. Keep dry during winter.
– Remove Browning leaves.
– Aloe Vera has many medicinal uses. The clear gel in the leaves is full of vitamins, enzymes and amino acids, which are effective at healing burns and wounds. Its also anti inflammatory and antibacterial. It has air cleaning properties removing formaldehyde from the air. Aloe is easy to look after needing little watering.
– Slice a leaf downwards and apply the gel direct to burn or wound.
5.) Stephanotis ( Stephanotis Floribunda)
– indirect light
– Stand in a tray of damp pebbles and mist regularly
– Apply fertilizer once a week when in flower
– The scent of the stephanotis plant promotes feelings of happiness and joy. This climbing plant originates from Madagascar.
6.) Pass it On Plant ( Pilea Peperomiodes)
– Indirect sunlight
– Keep moist
– Rotate in the sunlight to ensure the whole plant receives light.
– Native to China, this plant is easy to care for. Take cuttings of the leaves and re-pot to give to friends and family.
7.) Snake Plant ( Sansevieria Trifasciata)
– Thrives on warmth and light
– Water sparingly once every fortnight.
– Re-pot once it has outgrown its pot
– This is the best air cleaning plant helping to remove Benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from the air. The snake plant aids respiratory problems. It is extremely easy to care for and will thrive, so long as it is not over watered.
8.) Jade Plant ( Crassula Ovata)
– Bright light
– Water only when dried out
– Re-pot every 2-3 years
– Jade plants are easy to care for. I call them money plants, as they are said to draw abundance into your home. Put one by your front door for wealth to flow into your life.
9.) Gardenia ( Gardenia Jasminoides)
– Filtered light
– Keep moist and use rainwater if possible.
– Keep in a warm environment.
– The perfume of the gardenia plant is beautiful and intoxicating. It induces an extremely restful nights sleep so keep one in your bedroom. It is just as effective as taking sleeping pills. Take care of this plant and it will take care of you.
10.) Holy Basil ( Ocimum Tenviflorum)
– Bright sunny spot
– Allow drying out before watering
– Basil seeds germinate well inside so can be grown all year round
– Keep on a sunny windowsill
– This is the sacred Hindu plant and is a tonic for body, mind and spirit. It emits a characteristic aroma which is known to soothe nerves and reduce anxiety. As a houseplant, holy basil is a super oxygenater, omitting oxygen for around 20 hrs a day.
Keeping your plants alive
Whatever the conditions in your home and however inexperienced you are at growing things, the right plant is out their for you….
If you have an issue with killing plants, like I used to before reading up on keeping plants alive, it is more than likely from over care rather than neglect.
Over-watering is the most common plant killer. This causes the roots of the plant to drown and starves them of oxygen. Always wait until the compost has dried before re-wetting your plants. Take note of any watering or lighting instructions that come with your plant and follow the guidelines and you shouldn’t go wrong.
Next time that you are out at your local nursery, take some plants home with you. Invite them into your life and care for them and they will care for you in return.
Please share any advice that you may have, or any of your favourite indoor plants you would like to discuss, below in the comments section.