13 Stress Relieving Indoor Plants

13 Stress Relieving Indoor Plants

According to recent surveys, Americans are among the most stressed people in the world.  We all deal with stress on some level, and finding ways to cope can be difficult.  While plant life and a relaxing, peaceful living space won't completely cure stress or anxiety, it sure can help.  

Many attractive plants can be grown indoors and will provide relief in a variety of different ways.  Some plants help improve air quality,  some we eat & cook with for natural stress relief, and some give off aromatic scents that reduce anxiety. 

Whether you have low light or great light and a small or large space, this post will give you all the best options for stress relieving indoor plants.  Let's dig in!


1. Bamboo Palm

The Bamboo Palm is fantastic at cleaning the air.  This plant is known to be one of the greatest indoor air cleaners.  Clean air equals less inflammation, which is a proven stress trigger.  Be sure to give this plant some space and a good-sized pot as it can grow quite large.  

2. Snake Plant 

The Snake Plant is perfect for bedrooms.  Unlike most plants, this attractive plant gives off oxygen resulting in better sleep.  Healthy sleep patterns are critical for stress reduction.  The Snake Plant also filters out many toxins that are in the air.  Snake plants are easy to grow, and we recommend at least one plant per person.  

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3. English Ivy 

What could be better than a flowering ivy that grows quickly in low light?  This rapidly growing plant also drastically reduces mold and other air pollutants.  Like the aforementioned Snake Plant, English Ivy is an excellent plant for a bedroom.   

4. Peace Lily

The Peace Lily has long been known as the plant that symbolizes... you guessed it...Peace.  The NASA clean air study shows that the Peace Lily reduces benzene and formaldehyde in the air.  Most of the anxiety relief will come from the beautiful blooms and broad rolling leaves that give this plant and relaxing and peaceful look.

5. Golden Pothos

The Golden Pothos is a prolific vine that can grow anywhere.  This creeping plant continues to grow and develop rich green leaves in very low light situations.  The Golden Pothos benefits against stress include both air-purifying qualities as well as an ancient belief that it increases positivity and luck.  Plant in a hanging basket for best results as the Golden Pothos grows best as a hanging vine.

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6. Lavender

Lavender is known for its soothing and relaxing smell.  An instant stress reliever and calming plant, lavender can be used as a sedative for sleeping when the aromatic plant scent is breathed in.  There are may stress-relieving benefits in the essential oils of lavender.   

7. Mint 

Mint is a fantastic plane because, in addition to releasing an incredibly relaxing smell, it can also be added to cooking, teas, and other drinks.  Studies have shown that mint helps lower anxiety and stress as well as improving cognitive awareness.  Mint is a fast-spreading fragrant plant that like sunlight and plenty of water.  Steep the leaves in hot water for a calming tea.  

8. Aloe Vera 

There are so many reasons to love Aloe Vera.  One of the most resilient plants for indoor growth, this stress-relieving plant thrives in sunlight but also does excellent in medium-low light areas.  Aloe purifies the air & produces oxygen at night. Pure air and good sleep are critical for mental health.  Additionally, Aloe has rich, thick pulpy leaves which make an excellent and super healthy skin lotion.  Having several plants allows you to break off leaves daily and use as a healthy moisturizer. Additionally, the juice in these leaves is an adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stress.  

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9. Bonsai Tree

Bonsai is a unique little tree.  The stress-relieving benefits come not from what it produces but caring for it.  Pruning and caring for a bonsai relaxes your mind and allows you to be calm and focused.  Perhaps not for everyone but for those who like to clear their mind with tasks, this is a perfect option.  Bonsai trees can last for year and years with proper care.  


10. Chamomile

Chamomile is an herb that likes sunlight, well-drained soil, and plenty of water.  The most common use of Chamomile as a stress reliever is through consumption.  This white and yellow flowering herb has proven calming effects when used in teas.  Be sure to allow your Chamomile to mature for 2-3 months before harvesting the leaves and flowers for teas.  Additionally, you can make soaps and bath lotions with Chamomile to aid in relaxation and anxiety reduction.  

11.  Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm might be our favorite herb ever.  A few drops of the essential oil from this resilient herb will result in the best stress-free night of sleep possible.  Rubbing the leaves releases a relaxing fragrance that causes immediate relaxation.  This herb has a complex and aggressive root structure, so be sure to use a large pot with lots of fertile organic soil. Lemon Balm is known to be one of the best anxiety-reducing herbs you can have.  

12. Jasmine

Beautiful white flowers (that flower in Winter) and a fragrant aroma (notably at night) highlight this stunning houseplant.  Many believe that the fragrance that this plant produces rivals prescription medicines in relation to the amount of anxiety and stress relief it provides.  This plant climbs rapidly and does best when equipped with a trellis or plant ladder to grow upwards.  

13. Basil

Basil is a big winner when it comes to stress relief.  Basil is an edible herb used in most Italian dishes and contains a compound called "Linalool".  Linalool has been determined to reduce stress by slowing the down the genes in the body that ramp up during stressful situations.  Basil is almost always available to be purchased at local grocery stores and garden centers and is an inexpensive way to add a great stress-relieving plant to your indoor space.  Be sure to give this herb plenty of light and water.  


Whether you are dealing with a lot of stress or just trying to create a more relaxing anxiety-free space, many amazing plants can help.  We hope this helped you find the best mix of perfect houseplants for your space and results in a calmer, more balanced version of yourself.  Plantlife has so many amazing benefits and should be integrated into all of our homes. 

Read Next: 9 Amazing Herbs To Grow Indoors 

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