Plants That'll Boost Your Mood & Make You Feel Good

When the going gets tough, you need any little lift that’ll get you in a more positive frame of mind. While self-care is incredibly important during life’s difficult times, you might be surprised that your environment can play a critical role when it comes to mood — especially when it comes to plants and flowers. Here are just a few types of greenery and blooms that help reduce stress and maybe even foster feelings of happiness.

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Cactus

Cacti are beautiful plants that don’t require much maintenance, yet do so much for you in return. They eliminate negative feelings such as hypocrisy and envy. According to energy therapy, if you are anxious, cacti can have the energies to ward off intruders and evildoers.

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If you are surrounded by technology, they absorb the harmful electromagnetic energy the appliances produce.

BASIL

This favorite culinary herb improves a mood (much like it improves a recipe).

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The positive effects come from linalool, a compound found in the plant that contributes the delicious scent.

Geraniums

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The masses of richly-hued flowers have always cheered us up, but the mild scent of the geranium plant (which is similar to that of roses) has been thought to promote peace of mind.

English Ivy

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You can breathe easier around this simple-to-care-for English Ivy — it’s rated as one of the top plants that naturally clean the air.

Boston Fern

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Like ivy, this plant is excellent at filtering the air, removing up to 1863 toxins per hour. That’s definitely something that can help give you peace of mind.

Lavender

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The aroma of lavender has long been thought to ease anxious feelings. While you could light a scented candle, the natural fragrance of fresh lavender perfumes the air constantly for a more consistent effect.

Roses

It’s not necessarily about stopping to smell the roses — really, it’s about stopping to see the roses.

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A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that office workers who looked at roses felt more relaxed and comfortable.

Peace Lily

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Spend lots of time indoors? Bring in this elegant plant. Peace lilies remove mold from the air, acting as an organic air purifier.

Orchids

Graceful and almost sculptural, orchids are one of life’s most accessible luxuries.

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They also bloom year-round, bringing you a touch of mood-enhancing color during winter’s gloomiest days.
Perhaps this is why Feng Shui practitioners love to use orchids when increasing positive energy in a room.

Rosemary

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Historically, rosemary has symbolized everything from remembrance to inner peace. We suspect the connection is made through the enchanting aroma of the needles, which recall sunny days.

Bamboo

It serves as an interior decorating statement, as well as bringing positive energy into the home.

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It symbolizes life, transparency, and purity with its combination of growth and water. A bamboo imports calmness and contentment and drives away envy.

Jasmine

This is also known as ‘the couple’s plant.’ Jasmine attracts the positive energy to improve relationships and mend past friction.

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Ancient medicine recommends it to be kept in the bedroom or any other place where couples spend time together. It is the plant for romance.

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