Best Plants for Mind, Body & Soul -part 1

best plants mind body soul

Our physical needs often reside at the forefront of our daily priorities via rituals that include showering, preparing meals, cleaning, and sleeping.  Mental and spiritual needs usually take a back seat.  This makes sense, of course, being that the effects of neglecting a physical necessity results in fast and unpleasant reactions. If you don’t eat you can expect to feel lightheadedness,  irritability, lack of energy, that will only worsen until you ingest some proper food.

The effects from a spiritual or mental imbalance are not always as tangible.   But a mental or spiritual imbalance can feel just as awful as not eating or on the flip-side, a properly balanced meal or spiritual foundation can feel as rewarding as the most delicious meal.

In order to a achieve a well-balanced lifestyle that allows for maximum enjoyment and fulfillment, the spiritual and mental aspects of one’s self should not be neglected.  And the good news is- there’s at least one simple step you can take to start feeding your mind and spirit some much needed nutrients.

trimmed rosemary and lavender

 

For centuries, people have turned to the healing properties of a wide spectrum of plants that benefit both spiritual and mental health. It cannot be overstated that the importance of plants to humans is beyond measure. Were it not for plants, humans could not exist on this planet.

Plants provide the air we breathe and the food we eat, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Plants provide countless medicinal functions including strengthening our immune systems, ridding our body of toxins, fighting disease, and much more.

Today, we will explore the idea of using everyday plants & gardens to feed, heal, and grow both your mind and spirit.


Ti (Hawaiian Good Luck Plant)

The Ti is a gorgeous plant common in such places as Hawaii and is said to bring luck along with its presence. Any Ti aficionado will be quick to tell you, however, be careful which variety of Ti select.

Green Ti plant

Despite its beautiful colors, a red Ti is thought to harbor bad luck and negative energy.  When I was growing up, one of our gardens shared a properly line with a very disagreeable neighbor.  A red Ti would be a great choice to plant on the far property line with such a neighbor.  You can enjoy the beauty of the plant while your pesky neighbor bears the bad luck. You can steer clear of a red Ti entirely and stick with a green Ti.  The green variety is said to bring positive vibes and protection along with its inherent beauty. Not a good choice for pet owners as Ti plants are poisonous plants and are especially dangerous to dogs and cats.


Wax Plant (Hoya Carnosa)

wax plant hoya carnosa

A wax plant has thick, stiff leaves and star-shaped flowers. This plant is said to bring safety to your home and all who reside in its presence.

HOW TO GROW & CARE FOR A WAX PLANT:

 

FUN FACT: The Wax Plant was named by the Telegraph as one of the 5 best plants to help clean indoor air pollution!

Hoya Carnosa


Lavender

field lavender

If your goal is to bring yourself peace of mind and relief from anxiety, lavender is a great choice. Apart from the known scientific benefits including antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties for minor cuts and burns, research is now indicating this wonder plant may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. The folklore behind this plant pops in various aspects of history including the Bible, the reign of Cleopatra, and much more.


Rosemary

rosemary plant for health benefits

 

The last plant featured on part 1 of this new series is none other than the mighty rosemary. And it’s not just for cooking my friends!

This herb is said to improve memory.  Apart from the lovely aroma, this herb packs some powerful nutrients with even more powerful results by providing iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6. Rosemary has been said to help improve muscle pain, strengthen the immune and circulatory systems, as well as promote hair growth!

HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN ROSEMARY:


This list of awesome plants will continue to grow as our series continues. These are just a few of our favorites. Be sure to continue exploring the use of different plants to help improve your daily life and let us know what you find in the comments below.