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The Best Botanicals to Lull You to Sleep

By Genevieve Smith

Sleep is not always easy to come by. If you take melaton or count sheep, consider doing the unexpected -- go out and buy plants. Lots of them. Some species are ready to weave you through dreamland and lull you into a deep sleep. There are certain plants with properties that promote clean breathing and deep relaxation. Let’s learn about the most successful ones.

Pink jasmine - Anxiety levels can drop from the scent of jasmine’s botanical oils. They act as a relaxer, which helps slow down the mind before bed. Keep your plant happy by placing it in a sunny spot, and allow it to bring on the calm.

Lavender - Science has found a strong correlation between the presence of lavender and a feeling of relaxation. Thus, your sleeping pattern can benefit from keeping it in the bedroom. As this plant needs lots of direct sunlight, consider having a pot outside, and cutting fresh sprigs to keep by the bedside.

Snake Plant - Nearly anyone can keep a snake plant. It is the most low maintenance of plants, able to survive in low light conditions with only an occasional watering. It is a super plant, to boot. While most plants quit releasing oxygen at night, the snake plant keeps churning. This promotes sleep, as higher oxygen levels are tied to a sounder sleep. All it needs is a bi-monthly watering, and the snake plant is good to go.

Gardenia - The scent of the gardenia flower brings about a sedated feeling. This can help you unwind at night. This one’s a little tough to care for, so be patient. Ensure the flower gets bright, indirect sunlight that’s gentle on the petals.

Peace lily - The peace lily, on the other hand, is one tough piece of flora. It can take low light, and only needs a weekly watering. Don’t let the gentle name fool you -- the peace lily is pretty rad, and can purify the air around you. It combats air impurities like formaldehyde, airborne mould, and allergens and and converts them into purified oxygen. This plant is fierce and unstoppable.

Sleep comes easier some nights over others. Find a smoother pathway to your nightly groove with the support of plants. Natural and dependable, these are a great alternative to other sleeping aids. Some purify the air, while others release helpful botanicals to encourage a calm frame of mind. Happy resting.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Baytown, Tex.


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