11 Plants for Your Bedroom to Help You Sleep and Breathe Better

Planta de serpiente o lengua de suegra

Translated by Nick R

Surely you’ve ever heard that having plants in the bedroom is bad and maybe that’s the reason why you haven’t felt like decorating your room with some beautiful houseplants.

Forget about that!

Next, we’ll talk about that myth and explain how accurate it is. We’ll also show you which plants you can include in your room, how you should take care of them and all the benefits they will bring you.

Is it bad to have plants in your room?

For a long time, there has been the misconception that having plants in the bedroom is a bad idea. This myth is based on the fact that when plants breathe at night, they take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. However, they do so in much smaller quantities than humans and animals, so there is no need to be concerned. 

On the other hand, we should not forget that plants carry out their photosynthesis process during the day, by which they take in carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen. In fact, some of the plants mentioned below also perform this process at night.

Also, a NASA study showed that certain plants can purify the air in our homes. This is because they eliminate toxins and pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde. In other words, plants will deliver much cleaner air.

Benefits of plants in your bedroom

  • Plants work as air purifiers, trapping toxins present in the room and releasing oxygen. So the air quality will increase, it will be cleaner and you will be able to breathe better.
  • Some plants have unrivaled fragrances that gently and naturally perfume your room. So, on a side, you won’t need to use artificial fragrances that only last for a few hours.
  • Additionally, such scents also have relaxing properties that will relieve stress or anxiety while helping you to sleep better.
  • They are excellent decorative elements that add nature and vitality to your home. Instead of buying expensive artifacts to decorate interiors, having a plant is a better option.
  • From certain plants that we’re going to recommend below, you can obtain additional properties and nutrients by using them as medicinal plants or preparing them for use on your hair or skin.

11 dream plants for your bedroom

Now, let’s go with our recommendation of 11 plants you can have in your bedroom that will help you sleep and breathe better.

Lavender

This green plant with purple flowers, recognized for its characteristic scent, is widely used in aromatherapy to aid relaxation. Therefore, by having this plant near your bed, you’ll be able to inhale its great aroma and have a deep sleep.

Uses of lavender 

Also, by having this plant at home you can obtain other great benefits. For example, you can make lavender oil by placing several pieces of the plant in a jar with some vegetable oil. You let it sit for 3-4 weeks and you can use it:

  • On your hair. Either you want to include a few drops of this oil on your scalp hours before bathing or include it directly in your shampoo. Lavender will nourish and add shine to your hair while also helping to eradicate dandruff.
  • On the skin. Lavender has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, which help care for burns, wounds and allergies by soothing irritation. Likewise, it helps to make the skin look smoother and healthier.
  • In aromatherapy. Whether you want to massage yourself with lavender oil or place a few drops on your pillow to combat insomnia.

How to plant lavender in a pot?

We recommend planting it using seedlings or 10-centimeter cuttings taken from an already flowering plant. The soil should be sandy as it allows good water drainage; however, you can also use a pot with several holes at the bottom.

When you have lavender in your room, you should place it in a spot where it will receive full sun. Likewise, you should water it moderately, so let the soil dry out before watering it again. Be careful not to let it dry out for too long so that the plant doesn’t wilt.

Pothos

Planta potos

Pothos are purifying plants that eliminate air toxins and increase humidity. It is an ideal indoor plant as it gives a lot and asks little. You will find that it is quite tough and sprouts new leaves almost weekly. However, you must be careful where you put this plant, as it is harmful to animals.

How to plant pothos in a pot?

To reproduce this plant, you’ll have to take a cutting of about 15-20 centimeters and place it in a container with water for a few days until its roots emerge. Then you can transplant it into a pot with preferably loamy soil.

It shouldn’t be exposed to too much light because its leaves can burn, and it should be kept in moist soil, but without puddles, because this can cause its death.

Aloe vera

Planta de sábila

This succulent is the kind of plant that eliminates toxins; therefore, it contributes to better air quality. Additionally, aloe vera releases oxygen throughout the night, which can help you sleep better.

Thanks to its multiple benefits is an ideal plant, but you have to keep it away from your animals.

Uses of aloe vera 

To use it, you must leave the leaf in a bowl of water overnight to remove the iodine. Then, you can now extract the gel it brings inside and use it for:

  • The skin: It’s ideal to soothe burns and aid wound healing. It also helps fight acne and moisturizes dry skin areas.
  • Hair: Aloe is excellent for eliminating dandruff fungus, so you can apply the gel directly on the scalp, as a mask, or add it to your shampoo.

It also contributes to the growth of stronger, healthier and cleaner hair.

How to plant aloe vera in a pot?

You can use small or medium-sized shoots taken from a grown plant and plant them in pots, you will see that it grows easily as long as you take into consideration what it needs to live.

Terracotta pots are ideal because of their porosity since they prevent excess humidity. Likewise, the soil should be sandy or have proper drainage.

It can be kept in a place with full sun or half shade and for watering, make sure that the soil is dry, as this plant doesn’t tolerate humidity.

Gardenia

This plant with beautiful fragrant flowers can help you relieve anxiety and thus get better quality sleep. Although it requires a little more care than other plants on this list, you’ll find it’s totally worth it.

Uses of gardenia 

It’s a medicinal plant used for its sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. You can make an infusion to drink it in tea or extract its nutrients in vegetable oil.

By using gardenia, you will get the following benefits:

  • You can drink gardenia tea to fight headache and premenstrual syndrome, reduce high cholesterol and even help against obesity while combining it with exercise and a healthy diet.
  • On the other hand, you can use its oil as aromatherapy in alleviating anxiety, colds, or respiratory infections. As well as for applying it on the skin to protect wounds by preventing them from getting infected.

How to plant gardenias in a pot?

Gardenia is reproduced from 10-15 centimeter cuttings. These should have at least 2 sections of the stem where small branches or leaves grow from, called nodes.

Subsequently, they should be planted in a pot, preferably without drainage holes, and placed in a well-lit area that receives indirect sunlight.

If your place is in a cold climate, you should keep the humidity in your room for the survival of this plant. To do this, you can place it near other plants and, above all, we recommend having it in loamy soil that retains moisture and nutrients better.

Remember to remove dry branches or wilted flowers to allow new shoots to emerge. Also, we advise you to use fertilizers or compost during the growing season.

Valerian

Inhaling the sweet scent of valerian flowers can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, thanks to this it has been used for a long time to treat insomnia.

 Properties of valerian 

The roots are the ones most commonly used for their calming properties when brewed in tea or placed in oil to extract its nutrients. Therefore, valerian can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Improves sleep quality and shortens the time it takes us to fall asleep.
  • Reduces stress so it will help you control your nerves.
  • Relieves menstrual pains such as severe cramps.
  • Reduces blood pressure which allows you to have a healthier heart.

Some side effects such as headaches, stomach upset or dizziness have been reported, so valerian has to be consumed in moderate amounts. Above all, be careful not to combine it with alcohol or not to take it in the daytime if you have to drive.

How to plant valerian in a pot?

You can plant it from seeds or take a split from an adult plant. If you want to enjoy their germination, you should leave the seeds in water overnight and then sow them in soil with good organic matter, drainage and moisture.

Make sure that in the pot the plant is at least 40 centimeters deep to allow the roots to develop. In addition, you should locate it in a place where it receives full sun or semi-shade and give it water regularly since valerian does not like drought.

Snake plant

Planta de serpiente o lengua de suegra

Also known as -mother-in-law’s tongue- and “Saint George’s sword¨ this plant is an excellent choice for the bedroom since it cleanses the air by turning carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night.

 Properties of snake plant 

This plant also has medicinal properties, so it can be drunk in tea by infusing its leaves in hot water. It may taste a bit bitter, but it will help you to:

  • Cure liver and kidney swelling.
  • Reduce blood sugar levels, so is recommended for diabetics.
  • Improve wound healing and is even said to be good for cancer prevention.

How to plant the snake plant in a pot?

It’s easy to propagate by detaching some leaves from an adult plant and planting them in a pot. Regarding the soil type, you can use potting compost with good drainage.

It doesn’t require much lighting, but we recommend moving it from time to time to places where it gets sunlight for a few hours. This will help it to stay upright.

You can water it about every two weeks. Just be sure to plant it in a container with adequate drainage holes, as the mother-in-law’s tongue will rot in sitting water.

Peace lily

The peace lily is a plant that purifies the environment by eliminating present toxins and increasing the humidity in the air. This helps to reduce allergies, and soothe dry throat or sinus problems, therefore, allowing you to fall asleep with no effort. 

However, if you have animals in the house you should be cautious about them consuming this plant as it is very poisonous. Likewise, if you have small children you should leave the plant where they can’t reach it or, teach them not to nibble the leaves.

How to plant peace lilies in a pot?

Reproduction is done by division, which means that you need to extract a part of the mother plant with roots and everything. Afterward, you plant the offshoot in a pot with soil, which may be a mix of peat and sand or perlite to ensure proper drainage.

They enjoy low to medium light, keeping in mind that, if they receive better light, they will bloom more and develop beautiful white flowers. But, you should not leave it in direct sunlight or it will burn.

You’ll notice that they are much more tolerant of under-watering than over-watering, so to water them, you can follow the technique of feeling the soil to see if it’s dry enough.

Jasmine

Planta de jazmín

If you need help sleeping at night, we suggest placing a pot of jasmine in your bedroom. Jasmine not only provides a delicious scent but its aroma has also been found to improve sleep quality and increase the chances of waking up with a better attitude and less anxiety.

Uses of jasmine 

Additionally, it is a medicinal plant that can be taken in infusions or prepared in oil for massages. So jasmine will help you to:

  • Control anxiety, hyperactivity, stress or depression.
  • Purify and cleanse the skin.
  • Regulate sleep if you have it hard to sleep easily.

How to plant jasmine in a pot?

Jasmine is usually grown from stem cuttings of about 15 centimeters, which are planted above ground and watered constantly until they begin to sprout. The soil should be porous and should remain moist but not soggy.

It prefers full sun or partial shade and occasional pruning may be necessary to control the plant so it does not become a vine.

Geraniums

Geraniums are beautiful flowering plants that bloom white, red and pink. Thanks to this, they are widely used to decorate and adorn rooms.

One interesting thing about geraniums is that mosquitoes hate their smell, so keeping this plant in the window will prevent them from entering.

Properties of geraniums 

Besides being a decorative plant, geranium is used as an essential oil for its medicinal properties, which will help you in:

  • Aromatherapy. In reducing stress, anxiety and nerves.
  • Skin. In preventing premature aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, smoothing blemishes and fading scars. It is also good for treating acne problems or using it in massage to relieve muscle aches and pains.
  • Hair. You can apply a few drops of the oil to your scalp and leave it on for several hours, this will benefit the nourishment and elasticity of your hair.

How to plant geraniums in a pot?

It’s best to plant geraniums using cuttings because it is the most successful method, however, you can also try using seeds. We advise you to use clay pots and soil that allows good drainage.

To introduce the seeds into the soil you should create small holes of 3 centimeters. If you are planting cuttings the holes should be deeper so that the roots are not crushed or short of space.

It can be placed in full sun, partial shade or full shade keeping in mind that the variation in light has a direct influence on its flowering. You can water them about once a week, as long as the soil gets not waterlogged.

Spider plant

It’s known for its air cleaning ability, eliminating certain toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. You may also notice that, when you have it indoors, it reduces unpleasant odors.

Apart from being completely safe for pets, you’ll see that it is easy to maintain this plant.

How to plant the spider plant in a pot?

Propagating this plant is really simple. You’ll only have to take the shoots that hang around the mother plant, which will have small protuberances and their own roots, then plant them in a pot with drainage.

Once again, we recommend sandy soil, and when watering, avoid soaking the plant too much to prevent rooting. In fact, the spider plant prefers to dry out a bit between watering. As for lighting, this plant prefers indirect light or shade. 

Lucky Bamboo

Planta bambú de la suerte

Its properties make this plant easy to keep in a room, and it’s one of the most used for decoration.

It does not have purifying or medicinal properties like the above-mentioned plants; however, it’s very popular thanks to the belief that it attracts good luck and fortune to those who take care of it. Besides filling the home with positive energy.

How to plant lucky bamboo in a pot?

You’ll need a stake or branch with at least 2 knots. These are horizontal lines that separate the stem of the lucky bamboo into segments. Try to cut the shoot close to the stem and only remove a few leaves from the lower part.

Before planting it in the pot, place it in a container with water until it grows roots. Then, it would be necessary to transplant it to the soil so that it receives more nutrients to continue growing. The substrate can be loamy or sandy as long as it remains properly hydrated.

Additionally, you’ll have to place it in a space where it receives good lighting, but without direct sunlight so that it does not burn its leaves.

Important tip! 

If you don’t have good lighting in your room and you have plants that require it, you can move them in the morning or mid-afternoon to a space where they receive better sunlight and then move them back to your room.

As you could see, in this blog we’re fascinated by plants and all the benefits they provide. It is amazing how a few small plants in your room will give you so much well-being and the great perks you can get from them.

Finally, we hope that this text has motivated you to put plants in your room and thus help to end the false myth that they are harmful to our health.

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