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Do Houseplants Reduce Stress? (Complete Explanation)


Yes, studies prove that houseplants reduce stress, but not just any houseplants, we’ve put together a list of 14 houseplants that have the benefit of releasing tension, thus reducing nervousness and stress.


We know that alternative medicine can help us cure many ailments: thanks to plants and phytotherapy, nature allows us to reduce the use of certain medicines! This is the case when we suffer from anxiety or nervousness. Zoom on a few plants to be favoured to fight against stress, as a basic treatment!


14 stress-reducing houseplants

1. Chlorophytum comosum

Chlorophytum comosum is suitable for offices and appreciates high shelves. This plant requires little maintenance and tolerates not to be watered frequently.


2. The Ficus elastica

The Ficus elastica is a robust species that does not need much light and can withstand quite cold temperatures. It eliminates toxins from the air and requires little care. 


3. An aloe vera

Aloe vera helps reduce electromagnetic waves in the office. This space is saturated by WiFi waves, between the computer and printers. Aloe vera depollutes the ambient air while absorbing the harmful waves. 


4. An orchid

With its long bloom and absolute elegance, the orchid brings color and softness to the workspace. It requires a minimum of light and can remain flowered for long weeks. It is necessary to spray mineral water in a light mist twice a day. The orchid helps to reduce stress and make the office more breathable.


5. A sansevieria

This puncture-proof plant has been genetically programmed to survive air conditioning, heating and forgotten watering. It is still necessary to have a luminous space, it must also be watered once a week in the summer and once a month in the winter.


6. A cactus

The cactus does not require much maintenance, just water it once a week from March to October and once a month from November to February. 


7. Ivy

In an office with little light, ivy is the ideal plant. Robust, it has depolluting virtues, it gets rid of formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. Every week, give ivy a bath before letting the soil dry between waterings. In winter, spray only a little water with a mister.


8. The Dracaena

If you wish to have some privacy in the open space, the Dracaena is ideal since it can be up to 2 meters high. This plant is easy to cultivate, it accepts all exposures. Moreover, it is depolluting, it is thus perfect to reduce the waves present near the computers. 


9. The anthurium

The anthurium is a flowering plant which sublimates the office. It is depolluting and absorbs ammonia residues present in the atmosphere. It appreciates a generous but subdued light. It is watered regularly, but moderately. 


10. The Pothos

The Photos is a depolluting plant which can be placed in height like a liana which falls in cascade. It needs a good light without being exposed to the sun. It is important to water it with moderation. 


11. The Monstera

Monstera is a plant with large leaves which ensures a tropical decoration. It needs a lot of light, but not direct sunlight


12. The Spathyphillum

The Spathyphillum has beautiful leaves and large white flowers. It is installed on the desk, in mid-shade and let the soil dry on the surface, between two waterings. 


13. The Zamioculcas

Zamioculcas is a plant with thick, fleshy, leafy stems. It needs a good luminosity to like itself beside the computer. 


14. The Croton

The Croton has large and colorful leaves. On the desk, it needs a good luminosity to grow.


Symptoms of stress and generalized anxiety

To relieve stress, you have to recognize it. Indeed, it is deceitful and can sometimes hide well to explode all of a sudden and paralyze us! The causes of stress can be many and varied, conscious or unconscious, rational or not.


The three biggest causes of stress among the French are professional life, financial problems, and personal life (family, children). Yes, having responsibilities can sometimes become very anxious when you let yourself be overwhelmed!


It is both on the psychological and physical side that stress manifests itself. It will thus trigger physical disorders, such as headaches, sometimes nausea or dizziness, sleep disorders and even eating disorders. On the mental side, stress can be recognized by a feeling of overwork, irritability, anxiety and anguish that paralyzes the rib cage.


Less stress thanks to green plants

Various studies have shown that people living near living plants are less stressed than people living in a plant-free environment. Charlotte Lelieveld of Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) in the Netherlands says: “Plants make our urban environment more attractive, which has a positive effect on stress reduction. ”The same applies to our homes.


Research by Lohr and others (1966) found that people living in a room full of plants had lower blood pressure than those living in a plant-free environment. Plants such as jasmine and lavender also diffuse a soothing scent that promotes relaxation.



You have already heard about the positive effects of plants on your physical health. They purify the ambient air and regulate its humidity. But since happiness never comes alone, plants are also very beneficial for our mental health.

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