8 mood boosting houseplants for home or office

Research tells us that indoor plants have a positive effect on stress, pain and physical discomfort. We’re not exactly sure why this happens, but it seems bringing the outdoors indoors recreates those calm feelings we get in nature.

Houseplants, like their outdoor brethren, purify the air by producing oxygen and soaking up carbon dioxide. Some 1980s research done by NASA says that certain plants even filter out harmful pollutants like ammonia and formaldehyde.

Indoor greenery isn’t only good for the home, studies have shown that indoor plants improve both concentration and productivity!

Now you know why you need more houseplants in your life, so now it’s time to choose your new plant friends:


This beautifully scented herb contains high amounts of linalool. Linalool has been shown to help calm the body when it is responding to a stressful situation. Keep a pot of basil in a sunny spot to promote feelings of peacefulness and also to add a few sprigs to your bowl of pasta!

Spider plants

While the name may not inspire positive associations, spider plants are one of the houseplants shown to filter out harmful compounds from the air. Spider plants are also one of the easiest plants to care for and do really well out of direct sunlight.


This purple flowering plant has been used for thousands of years medicinally. For anything from headache relief, wound care, easing nerves and getting to sleep. Countless studies are showing the benefits of lavender, so make sure you’re adding a bush to your plant collection.

English Ivy

While poisonous itself, English Ivy is known to purify mould particles in the air making for a healthier environment. Ivy does well under fluorescent light but not under direct sunlight so is suitable for darker spaces in the home or office. Keep its soil moist but not soggy for a happy plant.

Aloe vera

An easy to care for succulent, aloe vera purifies the air and also emits oxygen during the night. Succulents like aloe, like to be kept in sunny positions and only be watered occasionally. The pulp on the inside of the aloe vera leaf is also a great home remedy for sunburn relief.

Snake Plant

Don’t let this plant’s alternative name (mother-in-law’s tongue) put you off, it’s a popular choice for air purification for good reason. Snake plants suck up carbon dioxide during the night an expel oxygen instead. Not only this, but they also remove other toxins like formaldehyde from the air. Don’t be scared to grab a bunch of these easy to care for plants that do best in indirect sunlight and thrive on only the occasional watering.

Peace Lily

A plant that lives up to its name, peace lilies both purify the air and look beautiful with impressive white blooms. Keep your peace lily happy with low light and water it with filtered water two to three times a week.


For hundreds of years, rosemary has been linked to improved memory and concentration. And science now back this up! Rub the leaves between your fingers to release the rosemary’s scent, and the compounds thought to aid in memory making. Rosemary likes lots of direct sunlight, so plant in pots kept near windows.

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