As many of you know, I love all-natural products that you can use to make your life healthier and happier. This is why I love succulents! House plants can benefit your health, but managing to keep them alive can be a challenge. A low maintenance plant such as a succulent or cactus is a great way to bring some more green into your home. These plants are easy to take care of and can also add some flair to any room.
Succulents can provide many health benefits for us when they’re in our homes. I love that a succulent garden can add flair and green to any room. There are also real health benefits to having succulents around.
Here are a few of the benefits you can take advantage of by having succulents:
1. They can help to freshen the air in your home and remove toxins
When you have plants in your home, they can absorb the carbon dioxide that our bodies emit daily. They’ll convert the carbon dioxide into plant carbohydrates that they can use to create clean oxygen for us to breathe. Most plants will release carbon dioxide (like humans) during the night. Succulents are different and keep producing oxygen throughout the night. If you have a succulent in your bedroom (especially near your bed), it’ll provide fresh air for you while you sleep, which will result in a better night’s sleep.
Succulents can also remove toxins from our environment. NASA conducted research and found that succulents are able to remove 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOC). These plants can remove harmful substances found in common household items such as rugs, grocery bags, books and ink.
2. They can help you to be more productive
Plants can help us to relax and improve our mood and concentration. I know that when I have a plant around it’s a very soothing reminder to relax and breathe.
Succulents also can help to improve your focus at work. A University of Michigan study found that memory retention improved by as much as 20% when plants were present in the workplace. Small succulents are a great way to improve your focus and won’t take up much room on your desk!
3. You can place succulents anywhere in your space
You can put a succulent or cactus anywhere in your home or office. They’re low maintenance and don’t need to be on a window ledge or in a particular environment, which makes them great for any space!
4. They can help to keep you sickness-free
The more plants you have in your home, the better humidity your home will have. This can help to prevent dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry cough. These plants are helpful in the winter to help you avoid the common cold and other illnesses.
Succulents come in many varieties and make great gifts. The Christmas Cactus would make for a great gift that you don’t have to water often! Some of my favorite succulents include hens and chicks, aloe vera and the jade plant. If you’re looking for a great starter succulent for your home, any of these succulents would be a great choice.
If you want to create your own indoor succulent garden, you’ll need:
- A Wide-Mouthed Bowl
- Cactus potting Mix or a Combination of Soil and Sand
- Succulents (Do not pick more than 3 colors) – You can get these at a local nursery
Here’s how to make your own succulent garden thanks to Country Living:
- Put a 2-inch layer of gravel on the bottom of your bowl (for drainage).
- Add a layer of the potting mix.
- Remove the largest succulent you have from its pot by turning it upside down and pulling off the pot. If the plant has sharp edges, be sure to wear gloves! Place the plant, roots first into the bowl, anywhere you’d like.
Build out your garden from your first succulent. Fill the bowl so that it has a crowded, full look to it, placing a succulent in every gap.
- Add soil as needed to cover all the roots.
- Water your garden and you’re done!
It’s very easy to create your own succulent garden! These low maintenance gardens are a great way to dress up your space and gain the health benefits that these plants provide.
If you have any questions about succulents, or creating your own succulent garden, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. If you’re looking for succulents, don’t forget to support your local nursery when buying soil and plants. If you create your own garden, I’d love to see pictures, please tag me in them on social media!