Go Green this Blue Monday to lift your spirits says Liverpool houseplant specialist

Adding the right houseplants to your living and working spaces can help lift your mood and make this Blue Monday (20th January, 2020) a rejuvenating rather than a gloomy day.

Houseplants can counteract what is known as the most depressing day of the year due to their aesthetics, but also because they do the opposite of what we do when we breathe – they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which freshens up the air, as well as eliminating harmful toxins – providing a pure and healthy environment all year round1.

Liverpool-based houseplant specialists, Root, stocks mood-boosting indoor plants, which can reduce anxiety, lower stress levels, improve concentration and productivity, aid sleep, regulate humidity and boost your mood.

A classic houseplant, The Peace Lily (£10) makes for an impressive air-purifier, which helps cleanse the air we breathe by giving us more oxygenated air and soaking up any damp that could be present.

The perfect plant for beginners, as well as filtering out harmful toxins, The Peace Lily will brighten up your home, especially when the majestic white leaves bloom in Spring.

Snake Plants like Sansevieria Moonshine (£9) and Sansevieria Zeylanica aka Mother-in-Laws Tongue (£21) are renowned for purifying the air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and delivering pure oxygen. Unlike most plants that give out carbon dioxide through the night, Snake Plants continue to produce oxygen, making them ideal plants for the bedroom – and perfect for those January days when the windows stay tightly shut!

A real crowd-pleaser and the perfect desk plant for anyone looking to get all the benefits with minimal effort. Cacti love a bright sunny spot, so ideal if your desk is near a window. The Cereus Peruvianus ‘Florida’ (£7) is a low investment for the amount of pleasure you’ll reap in return.

The Brighamia Insignis ‘The Hawaiian Palm’ (£15) will make you feel like you’re on holiday all year round. It’s an easy-to-grow plant from the Campanulaceae family and because it stores water in its trunk it doesn’t need too much watering.

Lisa Needham, founder, Root explains:

“Houseplants bring colour and life to living and working spaces, as well as having other significant benefits such as improving health and mood and reducing stress levels – perfect for a day like Blue Monday!

“Indoor plants are especially great in the winter months when windows and doors are opened less, as there is little air exchange from the outside in and people are cooped up in doors much longer than usual.”

Blue Monday is the name given to the day in January that is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, taking into account variables such as time since Christmas, debt levels, sleeping, stress and weather conditions.

Top: Spathiphyllum Bellini Peace Lily

Bottom: Mother-in-law Zeylanica

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