Plants that aid sleep

There is nothing worse than tossing and turning all night. If you suffer from insomnia, chances are you have tried all the usual remedies and sipped herbal teas, but have you ever considered adding plants to your home and bedroom?

According to the horticulturists at Stodels Nurseries, air-purifying plants will help decrease pollution, odours and moulds that can impact our night-time breathing. Plus, they add a beautiful, zen-like calm that also contributes to a better night’s sleep.

Here are some suggestions:

Mother-in-law’s tongue

Highly recommended for improving indoor air quality,mother-in-law’s tongue is hardy and easy to care for. It emits oxygen at night while simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide – something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep.

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It also filters some nasty but common household toxins (namely formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene) from the air.

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Peace lily

This plant filters out harmful airborne toxins to bring peace to your nights. The moisture given off by the flowers can boost a room’s humidity by up to five percent, suppressing airborne microbes that can lead to allergies.

Place a peace lily in a shady position (out of the reach of pets and children) and water weekly.

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Bamboo palm

Also known as a ‘reed’ palm, this small plant is a fantastic air purifier. Ditch your chemical-laden air fresheners in favour of a few of these pretty palms and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.


This popular purple-flowered plant helps you fall asleep, sleep better and wake more refreshed.

Lavender is one of the most popular and traditional aroma therapies and there is clinical evidence to support it. A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow (or a sprig of fresh lavender under it) will ease you into a gentle sleep and reduce anxiety.

Keep your home filled with these wonderful plants and let nature help you nod off into a deep and restful sleep!

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