Interactions between plants and humans have been proven to be exceptionally important for one’s health and well-being. Not only for the traditional remedies we know, like tea and body creams, but for our overall mental health and relaxation.
Bright Side encourages a lifestyle with a healthy body and mind, and these plants with superpowers are just what it takes.
1. Bromeliad Pineapple
Water: Every 3-5 weeks.
Light: This plant thrives in bright and direct sunlight.
Temperature: 65°F+ (at around 18°C).
Superpower: The Bromeliad Pineapple isn’t just a lovely piece of decor for your home, but it also produces oxygen during the night! Moreover, its unique scent is an anti-inflammatory enzyme called Bromelain, which helps with sinusitis and snoring.
2. ZZ Plant
Water: ZZ Plants usually need watering every 2-3 weeks, making sure that the soil is completely dry before attempting to water it again.
Light: It can tolerate bright, medium, and lower light conditions.
Temperature: Best to keep it at around 65°F (18°C).
Superpower: ZZ Plants have amazing benefits, like purifying the air and getting rid of toxins like toluene and xylene from the atmosphere. According to the theory of Feng Shui, it can also bring around good luck and good wealth.
3. Peruvian Apple Cactus
Water: This plant needs thorough watering during its growing phase and minimal watering during winter time.
Light: This plant thrives in bright light.
Temperature: 60°F+ (around 16°C).
Superpower: The Peruvian Apple Cactus deals very well with reducing radiation and absorbing electromagnetic waves, making it useful in a room full of computers, TVs, etc.
4. Venus Flytrap
Water: The soil must be kept damp at all times, watering it around every 2 or 3 days.
Light: Full sunlight.
Temperature: 55°F+ (around 15°C).
Water: Lavender needs constant watering during its first summer, so make sure it does not get completely dry. After that, it doesn’t need much watering, unless there are severe drought conditions.
Light: Full light is needed.
Temperature: It can withstand a range of temperatures.
Superpower: Its scent can help ease the body to sleep, and additionally, lavender is a wonderful item when it comes to tea or cooking. Moreover, oils can be extracted from lavender and made into soaps.
6. Aloe Vera
Water: Aloe Vera needs watering every 2-3 weeks in the spring, and even less during the fall and winter.
Light: Bright, indirect, or artificial light.
Temperature: Between 55°F and 80°F (13°C and 27°C).
Superpower: Aloe Vera is one of the most renowned plants, having a plethora of uses. It is often used for healing wounds and skin issues, as well as lowering blood sugar levels and reducing dental plaque. This is because it contains antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
7. Snake Plant
Water: This plant does not need much watering, especially during the winter. In this case, it can be watered once a month, letting the soil dry before watering again.
Light: Snake Plants appreciate some indirect sunlight.
Temperature: It’s good to keep them between 70°F and 90°F (20°C to 30°C).
Superpower: Snake Plants have been known to remove toxins from the air, like formaldehyde and benzene, which not very many plants can do!
8. Swiss Cheese Plant
Water: The Swiss Cheese Plant must remain moist, so putting your finger inside the soil every now and then and checking is a good idea. Irrigate your plant until a little water peeks out through the holes of the pot.
Superpower: The Swiss Cheese Plant takes its name from its unique leaves, which contain holes. Because of these holes, this plant is great for filtering light.
Water: After planting, it needs water consistently, as the soil must always remain moist.
Light: It can grow anywhere, even in the more shady areas.
Temperature: It must be kept away from warm or moist areas.
Superpower: This tiny plant has a range of uses, mainly to do with memory. Among the claims, it is said to help with: Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, stress, circulation, swelling, insomnia, etc.
Water: This plant thrives in climates with heavy rainfall, so it needs plenty of watering.
Light: Shady areas are recommended.
Temperature: Warm temperatures make for a good environment for Kava.
Superpower: Similarly to Gotu-Kola, Kava deals well with matters of the mind and body. It has been medically proven to help with migraines, depression, psychosis, muscle pain, etc. It is also used to prevent cancer.
Water: Ginger needs light watering after planting. Do not let the soil dry out completely by watering it constantly.
Light: They enjoy the inside, but also a bit of sunlight every day.
Temperature: 71°F to 77ºF (about 22°C to 25ºC).
Water: Young chamomile must be watered once a week. As it gets older, watering can become more irregular, since it can withstand drought.
Light: It can appreciate shady areas, but also full sunlight.
Temperature: 60°F to 68°F (about 15°C to 20°C).
Superpower: Chamomile has been known to make a wonderful tea, which can be used to cure indigestion. Moreover, it helps with relaxation.
Do you have any plants with superpowers? Are there any more that we missed?