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.
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 contributes to its delicious scent.
Basil Seed Starter Kit, $2.99, Amazon
You can breathe easier around this simple-to-care-for English Ivy — it's rated as one of the top plants that naturally clean the air.
English Ivy Plant, $19.85, Amazon
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 promote peace of mind.
Geranium Plant, $13.47, Amazon
Lavender's aroma has long been thought to ease anxious feelings. You could light a scented candle, but nothing compares to the real thing.
Lavender Plant, $12.45, Amazon
Like ivy, this plant is excellent at filtering the air, removing up to 1863 toxins per hour. That's definitely something that can help give you peace of mind.
Boston Fern Plant, $30.35, Amazon
It's not necessarily about stopping to smell the roses — really, it's about stopping to see them. A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that office workers who looked at roses felt more relaxed and comfortable.
Cherry Parfait Rose Plant, $12.88, Amazon
Spend lots of time indoors? Bring this elegant plant in with you. Peace lilies remove mold from the air, acting as an organic air purifier.
Peace Lily Plant, $15.95, Amazon
Orchids bloom year-round, bringing you a touch of mood-enhancing color even during winter's gloomiest days. Plus, Feng Shui practitioners love to use orchids when increasing positive energy in a room.
Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid, $34.99, Amazon
Historically, rosemary has symbolized everything from remembrance to inner peace, which might have something to do with the enchanting aroma of its needles.
Rosemary Plant, $12.88, Amazon
A study by garden expert David Domoney 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
These gorgeous flowers also ranked highly in Domoney's survey for a similar reason to the Lily of the Valley. Respondents said that seeing sweet peas triggered good memories from childhood.
Sweet Pea Flower Seeds, $6.19, Amazon