3 Ways to Use Houseplants to Enhance Your Wellbeing
In this article, we’ll explore three fabulous ways to enhance your home, health, and happiness using humble houseplants and our ever-popular personalised wooden pot planters.
How can houseplants enhance wellbeing? Read on to discover how plants in your home can help improve your mood and mentality with aromatherapy. Learn how to elevate your culinary creativity and nutrition with a constant supply of fresh kitchen herbs. Or, would you prefer to know how to strike the perfect balance with good Feng Shui?
Of course, you might be excited to do all these fantastic things yourself. But, don’t forget, you can also encourage someone else to have a go, by gifting them a personalised wooden indoor planter!
Idea #1: Transform Your Well-being with Aromatherapy Houseplants
Accessing aromatherapy – the ancient practice of using natural scents to enhance well-being – doesn’t have to mean buying bottles of essential oils and lighting burners. You can literally bring it to life in your home with aromatic houseplants!
Unlike essential oils, houseplants provide a continuous source of delightful aroma, purify indoor air, and create a visually appealing environment. But, growing key aromatherapy flora – like Lavender for relaxation, Rosemary for focus, or Eucalyptus for respiratory support – is not with out challenges. The biggest being light.
For any plant to grow successfully indoors, it must get enough natural daylight. Most of the plants frequently grown indoors are varieties that need or thrive in lower light levels. That’s not true of rosemary, lavender or eucalyptus, so you must put a in very well lit space – like next to a south or west facing window.
The other key issue is drainage. Every plant needs oxygen, as well as water. For this to happen, the roots cannot be sitting in water. The soil must drain freely. This is especially true of Rosemary, which hates having permanently wet feet. Ensure good drainage out of pots and do not water any of these plants too frequently. They thrive in drier conditions.
Regular pruning and trimming will encourage new young growth and scent release. It will also keep what would quickly become large plants (like Eucalyptus), manageable in size.
Ever noticed a waft of lavender or rosemary as you brush past the plant? This is the key to elevating scent levels in your home. If you really want to smell the plants, place them where accidental contact will cause bursts of fragrance, like by doorways or next to seating.
You can use one of our handcrafted wooden pot planters to arrange your aromatherapy plants together into a stylish scent-packing mini indoor garden. This will also help prevent individual pots getting knocked over by boisterous pets or children.
Idea #2: Use Houseplants to Better Balance Your Home’s Feng Shui
By incorporating potted houseplants into your home’s Feng Shui design, you can cultivate an environment that promotes balance, harmony, and positive energy flow.
Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese practice, emphasizes the significance of balance and harmony in our living spaces. It is more than just a decorating trend; it’s a philosophy based on the belief that the arrangement and selection of objects in your surroundings can affect your life’s energy or “Qi.” By aligning your living spaces with its principles, you can promote good health, happiness, and prosperity.
The natural materials and earthy tones of wooden plant pot holders resonate with the Earth element in Feng Shui, symbolizing stability and grounding. When thoughtfully placed, this can influence the energy flow and create a sense of tranquillity in your home.
To fine tune their contribution, consider the pot’s shape, size, and colour Rounded shapes symbolize unity and completeness, while square or rectangular pots represent balance and stability.
Pick plants with soft, rounded and especially heart shaped leaves for feng shui benefits. Spiky shapes are considered draining in feng shui, so avoid spiky leaved plants. The Jade Plant or Money Plant (Crassula Ovata) is an excellent example of a perfect feng shui plant. And, it works wonderfully in our beech wood pot planters as part of a succulent selection.
Spread the Feng Shui wealth around your home by placing plants in multiple rooms. But, don’t put them over the head of your bed, nor over the toilet and never stand pots directly on the floor.
To maintain the positive energy, you must ensure your houseplants remain healthy! Water regularly, but don’t over water. Ensure adequate daylight and remove any dead leaves or withered flowers promptly. Don’t forget to feed your plants with a fertiliser every year, or re-pot in new potting compost.
Idea #3: Cultivate Herbs Indoors for Culinary Excellence
Indoor herb gardens provide year-round access to super fresh flavours Cultivating herbs indoors gives you a continuous supply of fresh herbs, which taste so much better than the dried variety you buy in store. And, you’ll know your herbs are completely organic and herbicide free!
Growing your own herbs has become a hot trend amongst gardeners, while cooking from the freshest ingredients is the advice all the top chefs are giving. And, indoor herb garden gives every chef, no matter where they live, access to fresh, organic, flavoursome ingredients. They offer year-round accessibility, space efficiency, and convenience. A sunny windowsill or well-lit corner is all you need!
The indoor herb garden is a way anyone can reconnect cooking to food ingredient production and elevate their culinary creations. For best results, select herbs like coriander, basil, mint, or parsley. Then ensure they get at least six hours of sunlight daylight on a south or west facing windowsill, or use a grow light (if you must). Use well-draining soil and water when the top inch feels dry. Prune for bushy growth, and fertilize with an organic mix every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.
Our wooden herb planters offer an attractive incentive to keep your herb production growing. They bring individual pots of herbs together in a bountiful display that looks, smells and tastes great! Making a sensational feature of your mini food production will want you to keep it growing all year round.
Are you now feeling inspired to fill your home with soothing aromatherapy scents? Or, to harmonise your living space according to Feng Shui? Maybe you’re hungry to elevate your culinary creations with freshly grown herbs? Perhaps you’re ready to inspire someone else to achieve one of these three things? Then why not give them a planter and a hint to get them started? You can even put a nudge in the right direction in your gift’s personalisation!
Check out our range of personalised wooden pot planters here.