Do you know how polluted the air inside your home is? From pollen and gasses such as carbon monoxide to household cleaning sprays and pesticides, what you breathe in at home is hugely important. A study from NASA found certain plants – including chrysanthemum, English ivy and peace lily – help purify air and reduce common indoor toxins such as paint and cleaning chemicals. Plus, they release oxygen throughout the night (unlike most other plants, which release carbon dioxide at night), making them ideal bedroom plants.
Scent with pine
While an aromatic bouquet of jasmine and lilies may lift your spirits, pine should be your go-to household fragrance. Pine trees are loaded with health-enhancing benefits and scenting your home with their essential oil has been proven to improve energy, well-being, sleep, immune function, cardiovascular health and the parasympathetic (rest-and-recover) response.
Views of nature, landscapes or the sky have a positive effect on mood, attention and even recovery from illness – a Stanford University study showed hospital patients with tree views had a speedier recovery than patients whose rooms faced walls. So, if you can’t get outdoors at least look outside, particularly if you’re feeling stressed or anxious.
Add some salt
Himalayan salt lamps and candle holders emit a natural warm red glow that helps signal to the body that it’s time to wind down, inducing a deeper and more restful night’s sleep without interfering with the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Plus, the negative ions they release can increase levels of serotonin (the feel-good hormone), calm allergies and boost blood flow.
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