There are so many different reasons to grow plants in your home. They look beautiful, make great centerpieces, talking points and generally improve the look of a room. They also improve the feel of a room, yes, plants make things more homey and welcoming. But far more importantly, they purify the air in your home and can make great quick-fix remedies for most of your minor ailments. These are super easy to grow and most of them thrive on neglect.
Top 5 Plants Everyone Should Have In Their House
1. Aloe Vera
Probably the easiest plant on this list. Aloe vera loves neglect – thrives on it, in fact. The less you water it, the happier it is. Aloe vera can be put on a North-facing windowsill or near any other window in your home. A fully established aloe vera will also produce ‘pups’ which are tiny little baby aloe vera plants, which can be easily re-potted for quick gifts or more plants for your home.
The uses of aloe are pretty numerous. Aloe can be used on sunburns -yes. But did you know a minor wound treated with aloe gel can speed healing by up to eight days? It has huge vitamin, mineral, and antibacterial properties. It also treats psoriasis, dry skin, and eczema. Aloe vera gel can be used to remove make-up, as a shaving cream for sensitive skin, laxative, bad breath cure, face mask, and you can even turn it into your own antibacterial hand spray.
Okay, so you can grow these little suckers indoors no problem. You can grow one from a seed, but that could take several years to kick into full maturity, or you can buy one. I recommend going for a dwarf variety, but most trees will only grow as big as their roots have room for (should you choose the seeds method). I recommend a Meyer variety – they produce fruit quickly, generously, and have fairly sweet fruit and remain short. They can spend summers outdoors and you can move them into a bright window for winter. Plus, they have great smelling flowers – worth it in its own right.
Lemons are obviously good for food, making warm lemon detox water, and prompting healing in minor injuries, but their peel works wonders on furniture of both metal and hardwood varieties. Lemon juice is also an astringent.
Avocados need a South-facing window and patience. Avocados need active care for at least the first few years where you have to cut back new growth to keep the plant strong and bushy. You can grow one from a seed, but it can take ten years to fruit. So I actively recommend a tree that is grafted. They also require cool nights bloom, but Northern states don’t need to worry about that.
Avocados produce the avocado fruit which is on our list of super/useful/foods. Avocados are wonderful internally but can be applied topically to dry hair and skin, as a mask, and the shell can be used as a biodegradable seed starting pot for those of us who have a shorter growing season than our neighbors to the South.
Okay, I think this one is a gimme. It’s low, cute, and smells wonderful. It’s easy to maintain and can grow on any ledge you can put it on. It grows in a teacup, in a pot, or in an old ladle.
Mint is a universal herb in all cooking, breath freshener, soothing for upset tummies, works as a bug spray, rub it on your pets’ fur for a smelly dog or to keep fleas away, and last but not least, breathe in the scent to reawaken the senses when exhausted or breathe in with steam to clear your sinuses.
Lavender has beautiful purple blooms that can brighten any room. French lavender is the way to go in a home. It’s heartier, and therefore more tolerant of the weird conditions of house-growing supplies. It needs the brightest window you can give it, but should tolerate even a North-facing window.
Lavender is the universal soothing herb. Stressful day? Lavender in the bathtub water. Or under your pillow. Or use dried flowers (wrapped in a sachet) to give your clothes a light boost – particularly if your prone to anxiety throughout the day.