Academy of Flowers

Mood Boosting Plants

One of the many consequences of the pandemic is that more people are working from home. This has compromised mental health with feelings of isolation and detachment. It is a well known fact that being outdoors and engaging with nature helps to increase our sense of well being.

Try bringing the outdoors inside, by introducing mood boosting plants into your home and working environment. They clean the air, improve concentration and productivity, put oxygen into the environment and reduce stress.

Varieties to consider:

Sansevieria (Mother-in-Laws tongue/Snake plant) - release oxygen and add moisture to the air. Remove airborne toxins (especially useful for allergy and asthma sufferers) that impact on your sleep, mood and energy.

Crassula (Jade Plant) - cleanses the air of indoor pollutants such as paint and cleaning products

Hedera (Ivy) - removes mold

Fern - good humidifier

Areca Palm (Bamboo palm) - a natural humidifier

Basil (Herb) - has a positive impact on blood pressure, mood and stress levels

Lavender - relieves stress and anxiety

Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) - brings calmness and absorbs airborne mold spores


  • Plant a window box of herbs and enjoy the aromas through an open window
  • During the darker winter months, plant bulbs to bring light and fragrance into the home
  • Place fragranced plants in strategic positions - the immune response is enhanced after experiencing pleasant smells!