Green Therapy: 15 Stress-Relieving Plants for Your Home or Office

Stress-Relieving Plants for Your Home or Office

When you need a quick breather but can’t afford to head outdoors, your best bet is indoor plants! Studies have shown that people who have plants on their desk or personal space have lower blood pressure and cortisol levels. 

Check out these 15 best stress-relieving plants that we think would be perfect for your indoor space.. 

1. Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Image: The Spruce
Scientific NameOcimum basilicum
Common Name/s• Basil
• Genovese Basil
• Purple Basil
• Saint Joseph’s Wort
• Sweet Basil
• Thai Basil
FamilyLamiaceae
Life CyclePerennial
Propagation• Seed
• Stem cutting
Height4 inches to 3 feet
Growth RateRapid
MaintenanceLow
ToxicityNon-Toxic

Basil helps your body respond well to stress while increasing your mental well-being. This plant acts as an adaptogen, a natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress, relieve anxiety, prevent depression and improve mental clarity. 

Besides being a tasty herb for salad dressings and other dishes, basil leaves are also a natural remedy to treat stomach ulcers, sore throats and insect bites.

2. Devil’s Ivy Plant (Epipremnum aureum)

Devil’s Ivy Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
Image: Newsweek
Scientific NameEpipremnum aureum
Common Name/s• Devil’s Ivy
• Devil’s Vine
• Golden Pothos
• Ivy Arum
• Marble Queen
• Pothos
• Taro Vine
FamilyAraceae
Life CyclePerennial
PropagationStem cutting
Height6 inches to 20 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceLow
Toxicity• Medium
• Contains calcium oxalate crystals
Poison Symptoms• Oral irritation
• Pain and swelling of mouth, tongue, and lips
• Excessive drooling
• Vomiting 
• Difficulty swallowing
• Skin irritation
• Contact dermatitis
• Diarrhea

Unlike its name, Devil’s Ivy will do more good than harm by purifying the air quality in the room, relieving stress and anxiety attacks. 

In feng shui, this plant is also called the money plant as they believe it will bring a constant flow of money and happiness into your home. 

3. Jasmine Plant (Jasminum officinale)

Jasmine Plant (Jasminum officinale)
Image: Real Simple
Scientific NameJasminum officinale
Common Name/sCommon Jasmine
Poet’s Jasmine
FamilyOleaceae
Life CyclePerennial
Propagation• Cutting
• Layering
• Sucker
• Grafting
• Budding
• Tissue culture
Height4 to 15 feet
Growth RateRapid
MaintenanceLow
ToxicityNon-Toxic

A jasmine plant on your desk is a pleasing appearance because of its beautiful white flowers and a natural way to reduce stress and anxiety. 

Jasmine plants lower stress levels, keep you alert and increase productivity by giving off a pleasing aroma and a fresh oxygen supply. 

4. Rosemary Plant (Salvia rosmarinus)

Rosemary Plant (Salvia rosmarinus)
Image: All About Gardening
Scientific NameSalvia rosmarinus
Common Name/s• Anthos
• Rosemary
FamilyLamiaceae
Life CyclePerennial
Propagation• Division
• Layering
• Seed
• Stem cutting
Height4 to 5 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceMedium
ToxicityNon-Toxic

Rosemary’s evergreen pine-like aroma helps improve your cognitive functions. This means that it can reduce your anxiety level and lower your cortisol levels.

Its woodsy fragrance is also a mainstay in aromatherapy as it improves memory function and provides soothing effects to the mind and body.

5. Aloe Plant (Aloe vera)

Aloe Plant (Aloe vera)
Image: The Spruce
Scientific NameAloe vera
Common Name/s• Aloe
• Aloe Vera
• Barbados Aloe
• Medicinal Aloe
• Medicine Plant
• True Aloe
FamilyAsphodelaceae
Life CyclePerennial
PropagationDivision1
Height1 to 2 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceLow
Toxicity• Low
• Contains anthraquinone glycoside
Poison Symptoms• Contact dermatitis
• Abdominal cramping
• Diarrhea
• Red urine
• Skin irritation

The aloe plant doesn’t just heal burns because of its anti-inflammatory properties; it also heals the air in your home. 

Aloe is a perfect choice for workaholics who have far too much screen time. It provides more oxygen to the room, reducing the effect of harmful radiation from electronic devices.

Aloe vera is also a natural air purifier, so with fresh air to breathe, your stress and anxiety levels will significantly be reduced. 

6. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Image: My Domaine
GenusSpathiphyllum
Common Name/s• Mauna Loa Peace Lily
• Peace Lily
• Spathe Flower
• White Sails
FamilyAraceae
Life CyclePerennial
PropagationDivision
Height1 to 6 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceLow
Toxic• Medium
• Contains oxalate crystals
Poison Symptoms• Burning sensation to the lips, tongue, and throat
• Excessive drooling
• Vomiting 
• Difficulty swallowing

You’ll enjoy a nice and slow exhale at just the sight of its striking white flower. But there’s more to the peace lily plant than its appearance. 

This indoor plant can absorb harmful chemical compounds like carbon monoxide, xylene, toluene, formaldehyde and benzene. It can also absorb mold spores to soothe allergy discomfort in your home. 

7. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Image: Swansons Nursery
Scientific NameDracaena trifasciata
Common Name/s• Golden Birds Nest
• Good Luck Plant
• Mother-in-law’s Tongue
• Snake Plant
FamilyAsparagaceae
Life CyclePerennial
PropagationDivisionCutting
Height1 to 3 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceLow
Toxicity• Low
• Contains saponins
Poison Symptoms• Vomiting 
• Depression
• Nausea
• Diarrhea
• Anorexia
• Hypersalivation
• Dilated pupils for cats

The snake plant is another top choice for stress-relieving plants in homes and offices because of its air-purifying capacity. 

According to NASA, snake plants can produce enough oxygen for humans when trapped in a sealed room. 

The fresh air will help ease headaches, breathing problems and even eye irritation as it absorbs excess carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxins in the air.

8. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Image: Better Homes & Gardens
Scientific NameChlorophytum comosum
Common Name/s• Anthericum Comosum
• Chlorophytum
• Ribbon Plant
• Spider Ivy
• Spider Plant
• Walking Anthericum
FamilyAsparagacea
Life CyclePerennial
PropagationDivision
Height1 to 6 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceMedium
ToxicityNon-Toxic

Spider plants reduce anxiety and depression in people who place them in their homes and offices. It can calm your nerves and improve cognitive function, reducing stress levels because of its presence.

9. Lavender Plant (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender Plant (Lavandula angustifolia)
Image: All About Gardening
Scientific NameLavandula angustifolia
Common Name/s• Common Lavender
• English Lavender
• Lavender
• Narrow-Leaved Lavender
FamilyLamiaceae
Life CyclePerennial
Propagation• Division
• Seed
• Stem cutting
Height1 to 3 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceLow
Toxic• Low
• Contains linalool and linalyl acetate
Poison Symptoms• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Inappetence

It seems like Taylor Swift is right; it’s best to stay in that “lavender haze” as it’s one of the best natural anxiety-relieving plants.

The lavender plant will soothe your mind and free you from stress and anxiety with its heavenly and comforting scent.

Its pleasant fragrance also has sedative properties that lower blood pressure and slow down heart rate, which will help you sleep faster and more calmly at night. 

10. Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii)

Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii)
Image: Gardening Know Know
Scientific NameGerbera jamesonii
Common Name/s• African Daisy
• Barberton Daisy
• Gerbera Daisy
• Gerber Daisy
• Transvaal Daisy
• Veldt Daisy
FamilyAsteraceae
Life CyclePerennial
Propagation• Division
• Seed
Height1 to 1 foot and 6 inches
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceMedium
ToxicityNon-Toxic

Seeing beautiful and brightly-colored gerbera daisies will automatically cheer you up and reduce your anxiety. 

What’s great is that this plant also has air-purifying properties and can remove benzene from the air. 

11. Chamomile Plant (Chamaemelum nobile)

Chamomile Plant (Chamaemelum nobile)
Image: Gardener’s Path
Scientific NameChamaemelum nobile
Common Name/s• Barnyard Daisy
• Chamomile
• Corn Feverfew
• Garden Chamomile
• Ground-apple
• Manzanilla
• Roman Chamomile
• True Chamomile
• Turkey-weed
FamilyAsteraceae
Life CyclePerennial
PropagationDivisionSeed
Height2 feet
Growth RateRapid
MaintenanceLow
Toxicity• Low
• Contains volatile oil, bisabolol, chamazulene, anthemic acid and tannic acid
Poison Symptoms• Contact dermatitis
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Anorexia
• Allergic reactions

Besides its white-petalled flower, chamomile is an excellent plant within reach because you can turn it into chamomile tea, treat upset stomachs, and improve your digestive system.

12. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

 Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Image: Gardening Know How
Scientific NameDypsis lutescens
Common Name/s• Areca Palm
• Bamboo Palm
• Butterfly Palm
• Cane Palm
• Golden Butterfly Palm
• Golden Feather Palm
• Yellow Palm
FamilyArecaceae
Life CyclePerennial
PropagationDivision
Height10 to 30 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceMedium
ToxicityNon-Toxic

The areca palm is a top choice for indoor air-purifying plants. It’s low maintenance and proven to remove toxins from the air, securing a healthier atmosphere.

As a result, areca palms in your home or office will help calm you down and lower your anxiety and blood pressure levels.

13. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
Image: Savvy Gardening
Scientific NameMentha x piperita
Common Name/sPeppermint
FamilyLamiaceae
Life CyclePerennial
Propagation• Division
• Stem cutting
Height1 to 3 feet
Growth RateRapid
MaintenanceHigh
Toxicity• Low
• Contains essential oils
Poison Symptoms• Vomiting
• Diarrhea

Peppermint is the ultimate anti-anxiety plant. It will keep your home and office fresh with its minty fragrance and immediately chase those Monday blues away. 

Peppermint plants also contain menthol, which has been proven to ease stress and energize you all day. 

If you’re having a bad day, you can chop off some peppermint leaves and soak them in warm running water for a soothing batch that will relax your muscles.

14. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Image: Gardener’s Path
Scientific NameHedera helix
Common Name/s• Algerian Ivy
• Baltic Ivy
• Branching Ivy
• California Ivy
• Common Ivy
• English Ivy
• Glacier Ivy
• Hahn’s Self-Branching English Ivy
• Needlepoint Ivy
• Sweetheart Ivy
FamilyAraliaceae
Life CyclePerennial
Propagation• Division
• Root Cutting
• Seed
• Stem Cutting
Height20 to 80 feet
Growth RateRapid
MaintenanceHigh
Toxic• Medium
• Contains triterpenoid saponins and polyacetylene compounds
Poison Symptoms• Skin irritation with redness, itching, and blisters
• Burning sensation in the throat
• Delirium
• Stupor
• Convulsions
• Hallucinations
• Fever and rash
• Vomiting
• Abdominal pain
• Hypersalivation
• Diarrhea

The English ivy is a great hanging plant proven to reduce mold’s effect, keep airborne diseases away, and calm allergic reactions.

It’s also one of the best air-purifying plants, which will help relieve stress and anxiety, reduce headaches and help you get a good night’s sleep. 

We recommend hanging these up during the winter and holidays when airborne diseases like cough, colds and flu are prevalent.

15. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum
Image: Thursd
GenusChrysanthemum
Common Name/sChrysanthemum
FamilyAsteraceae
Life CycleAnnual
Propagation• Root suckers
• Terminal cutting
Height2 to 4 feet
Growth RateMedium
MaintenanceLow
ToxicityNon-Toxic

Chrysanthemum’s bright flowers not only lessen your stress; they can purify the air and remove toxins, which will help relax your body in times of stress.

For centuries, chamomile tea has been used to reduce stress, treat inflammation, upset stomach and insomnia, and increase metabolism.

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