Mental Check In

Why Ecotherapy is The Latest Treatment For Depression and Anxiety

Plants have been known to help with mild to moderate depression. The relaxing activity of nurturing living things on your own while breathing fresh air and basking in the sun are definitely helpful for your mental health, but there are also specific plants known to help with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Ongoing research suggests that indoor plants not only purify the air, but have calming effects on your mood, stress levels, and blood pressure. Here are some examples.

Aloe Vera; it’s not just good to rub on burns, it purifies the air of irritants that can trigger feelings of stress and unease.

Basil; not only delicious but it pumps oxygen into the air for a tremendous 20 hours each day, helping to purify the air which can positively impact your blood pressure.

Chinese Evergreen; Needs little light, so in the winter it cheers up any gloomy room. It also filters toxins from the air and emits oxygen, known to boost productivity and sense of well-being.

Flamingo Lily; This plant purifies airborne toxins such as formaldehyde and ammonia, so it’s good for both your physical and mental health.

Mary Newman

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