One of the biggest interior design trends for 2017 is bringing the outside indoors. An ideal way to do this is by bringing plants into your home. Not only do plants look great, but they also have amazing health benefits, and some can even help you sleep. We look at 5 of the best plants to use in your bedroom.

Jasmine

Jasmine plants have small, white flowers and are very pretty. They give off a sweet scent that is often used in its essential oil form for relaxation. Studies show that this scent is linked to reduced anxiety levels and also that it improves sleep quality. Jasmine plants are quite easy to keep as they will live well in a pot. Place it on the windowsill and water it regularly during flowering periods. You can let the topsoil dry out slightly during non-flowering periods to avoid over watering.

Jasmine plant

Snake Plant

This plant, also known as ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’, is a natural air purifier. They emit oxygen at night, improving the air around you so that you sleep better. They are also known to remove some harmful chemicals such as xylene, trichloroethylene, toluene, benzene and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can be found in hairspray and can cause respiratory problems, so this is a great plant to have in the bedroom!

Woman sitting by window with snake plant

Lavender

The smell of lavender is recognised everywhere as a great aid for relaxation. Lavender has been proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels, which is why it’s perfect for the bedroom. A study by the Miami Miller School of Medicine even showed that the scent of lavender in bath oil calmed babies and sent them off into a deeper sleep, while also reducing stress in the mother. The lavender plant likes warmth and sunlight, so ensure to place it on a sunny windowsill and water sparingly.

Lavender plant in bedroom

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Peace Lily

Like the snake plant, peace lilies are also amazing air cleaners, as studied by NASA. The added benefit of a peace lily is that it can increase room humidity by up to 5%. Increased humidity is great for breathing while asleep. Apartment Therapy says ‘Low humidity causes static electricity, dry skin and hair, increased susceptibility to colds and respiratory illness and can allow viruses and germs to thrive’. Peace lilies also have beautiful white flowers and need little light and watering once a week, so will thrive in the bedroom.

Peace lily plant

Aloe Vera

This medicinal plant is a great addition to any home. It produces oxygen at night, so like the other plants listed, it will improve the air in your bedroom. This plant is known as a ‘succulent’ – it needs very little watering as it maintains moisture within its leaves. The gel from these leaves can be used to treat minor cuts and burns, insect bites and dry skin. It is, therefore, a great plant to have around the house! Keep your Aloe Vera plant in a sunny place to ensure it stays healthy.

Aloe Vera plant

Which plants do you have in your bedroom? Let us know in the comments!