5 Plants That Can Boost Your Mood

These green wonders can kick the blues away in no time!

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It's safe to say that when one is feeling a little down in the dumps, anything that can put your mind at ease is welcome. While self-care practices and talking with a trusted friend are still the best solutions, you can always seek out things that can help you feel better.

Aside from watching your go-to TV show and eating comfort food, you'd be surprised to know that indoor plants can turn your mood around as well. If you think your home needs a dose of happy, here are some potted plants to check out:


Are there things lavender can't do? It can help you sleep better, freshen up your space and put a smile on your face. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, aromatherapy sessions involving lavender are often used to supplement depression treatments because the scent is relaxing and can lead to a calmer state of mind. 


Not only can this garden staple put a delicious twist to your signature dishes, it can also help improve your mood. Based on a study by the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the positive effects of eating or smelling basil come from linalool, a compound found in the plant that is said to ward off symptoms of clinical depression and excessive stress.


The sight of fresh blooms is enough to put one in a cheerful disposition, but what we didn't know is that the smell helps alleviate sadness, too. The mild scent of geraniums is said to promote peace of mind and relieve bursts of anxiety. 


Just like basil, the culinary favorite—Oregano—is great if you need a quick pick-me-up. It is rich in caffeic acid, quercitin, and rosmarinic acid—all of which have properties that combat depression and fatigue. 


If you're feeling a little blue, perhaps it's time to stop and smell the roses. A feature on says that people who take care of roses feel more relaxed and comfortable for longer periods of time. It also says rose baths induce positive energy, refreshes the mind, and revitalizes the body.

SOURCES: ELLE (11 Plants, Flowers and Herbs That'll Boost Your Mood) and Rodale's Organic Life (Therapy? Let Flowers Lower Your Stress Levels)

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