Take care of your plant, give it that drink of water and your plant will return the favor in multifold.

Houseplants are a truly delightful addition to your interiors. Natural plants and greenery are known to make spaces look more attractive and beautiful. Add a touch of green to your homes, offices and see your spaces brighten up. Plants are also known to be the most natural air purifiers and the right plants can make your indoors a more inviting space to breathe in.

But what is less well known about plants is their effect on people's mental wellbeing. We know that spending time in nature is linked to reduced stress levels and tension relief. What’s more, in a 2008 study, Dutch researchers found that hospital patients with indoor plants in their rooms reported lower stress levels than patients without them.

In an Australian study, researchers found that office plants reduced a group of workers' "negative mood states" by 30 to 60 per cent over a three-month period.

It is found that plants have a very strong wellbeing effect. They help in reduction of a whole lot of negative feelings: anxiety, anger, depression, confusion, fatigue and stress. Plants also relieve what they call 'concentration fatigue'. Unconscious appreciation of live greenery gives you a feeling of calm  a slight 'awayness' and being part of a bigger whole.

With this, the next question is which plants are the best to keep at home to reduce all the negative feelings. Here is a list of 10 houseplants to de-stress your homes and workspaces:

Aloe Vera

One of the most incredible medicinal plants full of nutritional benefits, the Aloe tops the charts as being a natural stress buster and air purifier. The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties – from healing skin burns all the way to detoxifying the body.
Aloe Vera also maintains air quality in your home, in fact, with its help you can clear the air of pollutants which are found in cleaning products and keep your home fresh and beautiful. These plans grow the best with plenty of sunlight.

Peace Lily

A beautiful, low maintenance plant, the Peace Lily is the ideal bloom to keep in your homes and offices. They will surely bring a smile to you the minute you see them. Not only are they soothing to look at, they are also great at reducing number of toxins in the air.
Guaranteed to flourish in shade and cooler temperatures, this no fuss beauty is a perfect addition to your interiors.

Bamboo Palm

This popular houseplant is stress relieving, eye-calming and an effective air purifier. Not only does this plant make you feel like you are on a tropical island it also has the ability to filter out both benzene and trichloroethylene. It will grow to around 5ft 7ins; prefers humidity, and likes both bright and indirect light, but doesn’t do well when it is over watered.

English Ivy

An exceptionally easy to grow and adaptable houseplant that can be grown as a hanging plant or potted floor plant. The English Ivy has been listed as one of the top plants by Nasa for filtering toxins from indoor air. This plant grows best in moderate  temperatures and sunlight.

Heart-shaped Philodendron

The heart-shaped philodendron is a stunning houseplant that is very easy to care for and decorative. It’s the perfect accessory for any interiors be it homes, offices, lounges, receptions etc. Just like the English Ivy, it’s brilliant at absorbing formaldehyde. It’s also sure to last many years as long as it’s cared for properly with plenty of water and sunlight.

Red-edged Dracaena

A vibrant houseplant with double colored foliage that looks absolutely stunning and can brighten up your mood in seconds. The red-edged dracaena can grow really big if cared for properly and is the perfect accessory to fill up space in practically any room and corner.  It also removes toxins from the air and grows well with plenty sunlight. 

Jasmine

The beautiful plant with serene white flowers normally grows outside but can live inside just as well. This plant should be more specially placed in the bedroom as it promotes sleep quality by emitting scents that have shown to make for better sleep, as well as increase your levels of alertness.

Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy is a gorgeous plant with bright green foliage and has the ability to clear toxins from the air giving you a chance to breathe deep and relax. It is an attractive durable and easy to grow vine that works well as a hanging plant or potted plant and can be placed in corner. As the leaves grow you’ll see they flow down in stunning cascading vines that will give your room that added edge.

Rubber Tree

Rubber trees are one of earths greatist natural resources. The greatest benefit of rubber trees is the amount of carbon sequestration from the environment the trees provide. Rubber trees are good for cleaning the air and are fairly easy to grow as they can thrive in dim lighting and cooler climates. The low maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator giving a more relaxing space and environment.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is an almost immortal plant and is a great plant for beginners, as they need just the basic minimum to flourish.  You can snip them, plant them in soil, and the next thing you know , you have a few dozen of them growing. This is what makes them one of the most common houseplants. Not only are they easy to grow but also remove indoor air pollutants. They enjoy shadier conditions with moderate amounts of water.

And that’s our list! These plants are easily available, inexpensive and extremely easy to grow.  So pick your favourite and give yourself a stress free environment.