Improve your mood with houseplants

It’s January in Eden Prairie. Welcome to some of the coldest days of winter. Temps are frigid, the wind blows right through you and even though our waking hours are gradually gaining daylight, it still gets dark before 5 p.m. Windows in our homes are all closed up tightly for the winter. We shut the doors quickly to keep out the chill. Happily, living houseplants are natural air fresheners and can provide some relief.

The low maintenance snake plant (Sansevieria) is a favorite houseplant. It’s an evergreen with tall, sword-shaped leaves. It thrives in dry climates – like our arid winter homes in Minnesota – and in indoor temperatures ranging from 40 to 80 degrees. The snake plant releases fresh oxygen at night. NASA researchers agree when it comes to filtering airborne toxins, it is one of the top plants for improving indoor air quality. 

Plants purify stale indoor air, so you can breathe more easily, but their uplifting effects don’t end there. Scientists say just being around houseplants can boost your mood, reduce stress, improve concentration, help you sleep better and relieve aches and pains. Experts believe humans are hard-wired to connect with nature in all sorts of ways, including caring for indoor plants.

Indoor plants freshen up your living spaces in the winter and all year long. Adding a bit of nature brightens up our rooms. Green plants growing indoors offer an uplifting contrast to the hazy shades of winter outside. The snake plant is just one of a large variety of indoor plants available that can improve your health and well-being. Visit the Mustard Seed this season to explore the possibilities, enjoy the fresh air filtered by lots of houseplants and ultimately, elevate your mood.