My Favorite House Plants

Houseplants can serve several purposes within a home. Some plants contain cooking spices, while others simply look nice as decorations. They add a certain coziness to a room, reduce stress levels in homeowners, and make houses feel more alive. I love to keep plants inside my home because they make me feel relaxed and comfortable. They also bring fresh aromas into my house that don't come from store bought chemical sprays. With that being said, I've selected some of my top favorite plants to share and I'll let you know why you should look into incorporating them into your house as well:

1. Aloe

The aloe plant is a very low maintenance plant that has a number of healing properties. The gel inside the plant can be applied to cuts and burns on the skin, It can also be blended and added to water to create aloe vera juice. The juice benefits the body by detoxifying, supporting the immune system, lowering cholesterol, and boosting vitamins/minerals. Aloe vera can also be added to the face for smooth skin, and the hair for luscious locks.

2. English Ivy

The English ivy plant is one of my favorites because it can hang from the ceiling. The plant grows vine like stems that aren't thick enough to stand up straight. As a result, the plants has a gorgeous draping effect that adds character to any room. In addition, English ivy is considered one of the best air-filtering plants. Clean air means a clean body.

3. Succulents

Succulents are low maintenance plants that thrive in sunny spots of the home. The best thing about these plants is that they are highly adaptive. Succulents can live anywhere from teacups to  mercury vases, on walls, as wreaths and in quirky little places like wine corks. They come in all sorts of colors and are a great starter for people who haven't kept plants before.

4. Fiddle Leaf Fig

The fiddle leaf fig tree is a plant the serves as more of a focal point in a room. If you really want to bring the outdoors in, then I suggest you incorporate this plant in your home. It grows about 3 meters tall when indoors and has beautifully giant leaves.

5. Herb Garden

While dried herbs are mainly used while cooking, fresh herbs can be used as a fantastic spice substitute in many meals. Fresh herbs are also great for added decoration or flavor on finished meals. Herb gardens can sit on a windowsill in any kitchen. Some recommended home grown herbs include basil, rosemary, sage, oregano, parsley, cilantro, and chives. If you aren't going to use all of the grown herbs, you can cut them from the pot and let them dry for fresh dried herbs as well

Some of my favorite places to buy plants from are Trader Joe's, Safeway, and local nursery gardens.