11 Plants, Flowers and Herbs That'll Boost Your Mood

They're like a smile in a pot (or a vase!)

Mood-Boosting Plants
Emily Suvanej

Whether things are going well or you're going through a rough patch, self-care is incredibly important. And you might be surprised to learn that your environment can play a major role in your mood — especially when plants are involved. These flowers and herbs are perfect for clearing your mind (and the air around you!) and may even bring you joy.

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This favorite culinary herb improves a mood (much like it improves a recipe). The positive effects come from linalool, a compound found in the plant that .

Basil Seed Starter Kit, $2.99, Amazon

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Ivy and photo frames
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English Ivy

You can breathe easier around this simple-to-care-for English Ivy — it's rated as one of the top plants that .

English Ivy Plant, $19.85, Amazon

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Their rich hue is cheerful as it is, but the mild scent of the geranium plant (which is similar to that of roses) has been thought to .

Geranium Plant, $13.47, Amazon

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Lavender in a small clay pot
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Lavender's aroma has long been thought to . You could light a scented candle, but nothing compares to the real thing.

Lavender Plant, $12.45, Amazon

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Green fern plant in a basket on a stylish chair
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Boston Fern

Like ivy, this plant is excellent at filtering the air, removing up to . That's definitely something that can help give you peace of mind.

Boston Fern Plant, $30.35, Amazon

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It's not necessarily about stopping to smell the roses — really, it's about stopping to see them. A study in the found that office workers who looked at roses felt more relaxed and comfortable.

Cherry Parfait Rose Plant, $12.88, Amazon

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Peace Lily

Spend lots of time indoors? Bring this elegant plant in with you. Peace lilies , acting as an organic air purifier.

Peace Lily Plant, $15.95, Amazon

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Orchids bloom year-round, bringing you a touch of mood-enhancing color even during winter's gloomiest days. Plus, love to use orchids when increasing positive energy in a room.

Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid, $34.99, Amazon

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Historically, rosemary has symbolized everything from , which might have something to do with the enchanting aroma of its needles.

Rosemary Plant, $12.88, Amazon

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Bouquet lilies of the valley
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Lilly of the Valley

A study by found that people overwhelmingly favored Lily of the Valley as a mood-boosting plant, mostly because they associated the fragrant blooms with happy memories.

Lily Of The Valley Bulbs, $6.99, Amazon

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Sweet Pea

These gorgeous flowers also ranked highly in to the Lily of the Valley. Respondents said that seeing sweet peas triggered good memories from childhood.

Sweet Pea Flower Seeds, $6.19, Amazon

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