The most fragrant indoor plants
Smell is not the most important characteristic of indoor plants. The latter are selected, first of all, by the attractiveness of leaves, shoots and flowering, by endurance and unpretentiousness, checking whether they are suitable for the conditions in our house. And the fact that many houseplants can surprise with a pleasant - or not so - aroma is often forgotten. Subtle, refined, or, conversely, heavy and suppressing, and sometimes very unpleasant, the aroma of plants can radically change the atmosphere in our house. And the best of the best natural flavors that can fill our homes with sweet clouds deserve special attention and the right selection. After all, they affect our well-being, and our mood, and even our performance.
- A pleasant aroma is not always just a bonus
- Benefits of Aromatic Indoor Plants
- The best fragrant indoor plants
- Mixing aromas of indoor crops
A pleasant aroma is not always just a bonus
The aroma of indoor plants is often considered an additional “option”, they are perceived more as a prize or a pleasant addition than as an important characteristic that should be considered when buying. Meanwhile, the fragrance of flowers and inflorescences, and sometimes leaves in plants, must be taken into account.
Fragrances affect our well-being, emotional state and even health in different ways, and this effect is not limited to “pleasantness”. Perception of odors is purely individual, requires careful selection. In this regard, it is better to treat aromatic indoor cultures as the selection of perfumes or the choice of oils in aromatherapy. The smell of a particular plant should not only be pleasant to you, but really like it, have a positive effect on the psycho-emotional background and not lead to sleep disturbance.
Choosing fragrant plants, one should also take into account how the smell will manifest itself in separate rooms and enclosed spaces, whether it will be appropriate in specific rooms and corners of the house, and if its intensity does not become a source of unpleasant emotions and feeling unwell. After all, fragrant indoor plants, even when it comes to the most sophisticated variations, are able to influence us not only positively.
Selection of plants according to odor intensity in accordance with the purpose of the room is the most important, but not so simple task:
- In the bedroom, only the most delicate, refined, delicate and delicate aromas do not cause anxiety and sleep problems. Plants whose odor intensity increases at night will not be appropriate here.
- Sweet, fruity-rich, cheerful aromas of citrus and other plants that smell intensely close to plants will be appropriate both in the nursery and playroom during the day, and in the study or needlework area.
- All flavors that are associated with confectionery products, reminiscent of extracts and spices, will be appropriate in the kitchen. Like plants, the smell of which helps purify the air and interferes with unpleasant odors.
- The heavy, thick, saturated, obsessive, sugary and intense aromas of "night" plants can only be used in those rooms that you just go past, where you do not rest and do not work in the evening. Such plants, even in the corridor or hall, can cause a lot of trouble, they most often have to be taken out at night away from bedrooms and living rooms. But at the same time, if you like their fragrance, it will be more than appropriate in the bathroom or hallway. Yes, in the morning and in the afternoon, it will become an additional activating factor in any room, help to forget about drowsiness, set up a working mood and awaken creative energy no worse than a cup of invigorating coffee.
- All aromatic plants are conditionally divided into sedative and tonic. The smell of the first calms, relieves fatigue, slows the pulse, allows you to relax and forget about stress. The second ones act the other way around - increase the pulse, mental activity, excite the central nervous system, increase endurance and performance. Moreover, tonic aromas are much more common than soothing. If the first (sedative) are appropriate even in places where you relax and sleep, then the second (tonic) can be a source of great trouble in the bedroom and living room in the evenings. But with those, and others it is not necessary to overdo it. Check how the plant affects you and consider the nature of its effects when placed in the house.
Strongly smelling plants are always appropriate in special cases. A small fragrant bush of a plentifully flowering plant, set on a table as a living bouquet, is able to transform a festive feast or create a special solemn, romantic atmosphere no worse than the best cut arrangements.
But in any circumstances and with any plant, checking for an individual reaction is still key. The correct selection of plants according to your tastes should be supplemented by checking the smell for its acceptability for all family members. After all, even if the smell is not too pleasant for one person, it is not worth it to start a plant with intense aromaticity.
It is best (and easier) to check the fragrance and its tolerance in those plants that buy flowering. But this option is not always possible. If you can’t make sure that you like the smell of flowers at the time of purchase, before deciding to start a houseplant with a strong smell, be sure to look at it. Sniff flowers from friends, visit the greenhouse, botanical garden or flower show, walk through flower shops. Before you bring such a plant into the house, you must make sure that its smell will be pleasant to you. It is advisable to carry out this assessment before all other criteria for the purchase of plants are evaluated.
Benefits of Aromatic Indoor Plants
As a rule, the best fragrant indoor plants have a beneficial effect on the atmosphere in the room, not only in terms of filling the house with its pleasant trail. In addition to purely sensory sensations, such plants bring considerable benefits in other aspects. Even those cultures that are classified as poisonous and require careful handling during transplantation, placement in places inaccessible to children and pets, still have a beneficial effect on the air in the room. And only to their pleasant smell even their talents are not reduced.
Almost all cultures whose leaves or flowers have a pleasant aroma release not only aromatic substances into the air. Such cultures are also able to have another, less noticeable effect:
- they regulate the humidity level in the room;
- aromatic cultures effectively reduce noise and regulate the electrostatic field, increasing the content of negatively charged light ions in the air;
- Phytoncides, which have a disinfecting effect, are isolated together with essential oils and other volatile compounds.
The phytoncidal effects of aromatic plants lead to a decrease in the number of various microorganisms, fungi, bacteria and viruses, to improve the air, and to purify it from pathogenic and invisible threats to our eyes. Such plants, affecting the reproduction and growth of bacteria and viral pathogens, contribute to strengthening immunity and maintaining health.
Certain cultures demonstrate particular effectiveness, manifesting themselves more strongly in influencing certain dangerous groups of microorganisms. For example, myrtle effectively fights against streptococci and staphylococci, pelargonium - also with E. coli and fungal spores. Oleander and other fragrant plants exhibit similar properties.
In addition, almost all indoor crops are:
- as repellents that repel harmful insects (the aroma of such crops helps fight mosquitoes, fruit flies and other annoying and undesirable inhabitants of our homes);
- they absorb toxins, heavy metals, allergens and help cleanse the air.
Let's get to know better the best fragrant indoor plants-favorites and the pleasantness of the aroma, and the usefulness of the impact.
The best fragrant indoor plants
Citrus (representatives of the genus Citrus) - universal flavors. Everyone who has ever visited a house in which a citrus tree blossoms forever falls in love with the aroma of these amazing plants. Blooming mandarin can boast of special sweetness and “fabulousness”, but other representatives of the citrus family conquer with a combination of richness, cheerfulness and an amazing, beneficial aroma.
Not to mention the fact that flowering citrus fruits look like one of the most refined and sophisticated indoor plants. Beautiful silhouettes with thin shoots and shiny evergreen leaves forming easily recognizable silhouettes, delicate snow-white flowers in medium-sized inflorescences, alternating with bright and no less beautiful fruits - everything is fine in citrus fruits.
Citrus fruits have won the title of fragrant leader of indoor gardening a long time ago. It is no coincidence that the name of the greenhouses comes precisely from flowering orange trees! They are considered the first fragrant plants that began to grow indoors.
One can talk a lot about the decorative virtues of citrus fruits. But not many people know how their delicious aroma affects not only the festive mood, but also the atmosphere in the house and our health. The aroma of not only flowers, but also leaves and fruits of citrus trees has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, normalizes blood pressure and helps to improve breathing.
This is one of the most pleasant and powerful phytoncides that contribute to the healing of the air and its purification. Citrus fruits have a calming and tonic effect at the same time, they increase activity, promote creativity, productive activity, drive away depression, stress and depression, promote communication and are optimistic.
Queen of flowers a rose in the new role, as a fragrant houseplant is not considered so often. And absolutely in vain. The delightful aroma so familiar to everyone in indoor varieties is felt no less, and often manifests itself much brighter, thanks to the abundance of flowers, the compact size of the bush and the limited amount of air in the room, in which the essential oils are more strongly felt.
Charming plentiful-colored bushes with dense foliage and numerous semi-double or double flowers seem to be a miniature and perfect copy of garden shrubs, a real living bouquet in a pot.
About how beneficially the aroma of roses affects the state of both the soul and body, it was well known in ancient Egypt. After all, it is no coincidence that today, rose essential oil is considered one of the most valuable in perfumes, in medicine, and in aromatherapy.
The smell of a blooming rose relieves stress and fatigue, eliminates nervousness, gives self-confidence, with constant exposure helps to normalize metabolism, reduces appetite, helps cope with various diseases of the respiratory system and acts as a light aphrodisiac.
This fragrance will not be perceived as aggressive or superfluous even in the bedroom. But at the same time, the aroma of a room rose acts unobtrusively, creates an elegant, romantic, light and relaxed atmosphere, helps to clean the air and allows you to create a special mood.
Amazonian Lily, or eucharis (Eucharis) - a sweet and aggressive queen, a plant that can only be called elegant. The magnificent bulbous with large, shiny, delicately drooping leaves and high peduncles, crowning some of the most elegant tubular flowers in the entire collection, is valued primarily for its beauty. But Amazon lily is also one of the most fragrant plants that can be found.
The aroma of eucharis is not only exquisite, but also causes everyone to associate with a unique bouquet of tropical flowers. The sweetness of the aroma of eucharis can significantly interfere in the evening and at night, when aromatic substances are secreted by the flowers of this plant in an increased amount.
It is better to enjoy the aroma of eucharis in living rooms only during the day, sending it to the night where it will not interfere. And it can prevent not only a sweet dream, but also a good rest, since we are talking about one of the most vivid and intensely affecting odors.
Eukharis act as natural flavors, interrupt any odors and allow you to get rid of unpleasant odors in the kitchen or other rooms of the house. The aroma of elegant flowers creates an amazingly festive atmosphere, increases activity, promotes energetic activity, shows special creative principles and is perfect for communication, parties, family gatherings.
The aroma is very strong and murai (Murraya) - a magnificent evergreen exotic with a very beautiful lace crown, flowering and fruiting lasting almost the whole year, earned the nickname of the imperial flower and the status of a legend.
Despite the fact that this plant has a delicate, complex and sophisticated odor, you certainly cannot call it delicate. The strong smell of muraya is one of the best anti-stress scents that can only be found in nature. The impact of muraya on the psyche has long been appreciated by all aromatherapists.
This plant with unique tonic properties, contributing to the activation of thinking and improving memory, perfectly tunes to the working mood, helps in any occupation, especially related to creativity. Even a few minutes in the company of this flowering beauty will allow you to forget about stress and fatigue, as if by magic they would remove any traces of a hard working day.
But, like the Amazonian lily, the smell of muraya requires great care. This plant should not be enjoyed in the evenings, and even more so you do not need to keep it in the bedroom at night. But in the living room, in the kitchen, in the study, Muraya is more than appropriate.
Another garden guests in our interiors are magnificent rhododendrons (Rhododendron), who so love to call us an obsolete name azalea (Azalea) Small, very compact and dense evergreen shrubs with luxurious blooms, turning into real pink, snow-white or red clouds, conquer us with their oriental charm and abundant flowering.
But one more unique ability is characteristic of rhododendrons: its not so intense aroma, felt mainly near and appropriate in any room (even in the bedroom), combines with unique bactericidal talents. Rhododendrons are one of the most active phytoncides in relation to staphylococci and streptococci. Despite the fact that this plant is considered a poisonous crop due to the content of andromethoxins in the flowers, it is one of the best candidates for replenishing any fragrant collection.
Also poisonous crops containing very dangerous cardiac glycosides include no less popular shrubs - oleander (Nerium oleander), valuable both for its medicinal properties and the beauty of delicate flowering.
The flowers of this plant stand out by smell among any indoor crops and even garden plants. A bitter, spicy, unusually strong aroma is very sharply felt in small rooms, but in spacious rooms it can become a source of a surprisingly pleasant background.
The aroma of oleander allows you to cope with neurosis, insomnia, has a surprisingly strong calming effect. It is perceived as a kind of fresh wave, which washes away traces of fatigue and allows you to relax after hard experiences and a busy day.
To go overboard with "aromatherapy" oleander is not worth it. With too intense aroma and prolonged exposure, it can cause dizziness and headaches. This plant requires great care not only when transplanting in the handling of aboveground parts, but also in using it as a fragrant room decoration. But for those who are often stressed and experiencing nervous overload, it is better not to find an assistant.
Beautiful myrtle (Myrtus) - one of the most famous plants that contribute to air purification. Myrtle releases essential oils into the air, which have a powerful bactericidal and calming effect. Like the oleander, myrtle is the owner of one of the best sedative aromas. But unlike a more aggressive colleague, he acts gently and will suit almost everyone.
Myrtle not only helps prevent colds, normalizes the cardiovascular system, but also leads to relaxation, the achievement of internal harmony, prevents the growth of fatigue and eliminates the effects of stress. This plant has a surprisingly mild effect, the smell of which contributes to a more productive activity and allows you to create a unique atmosphere of home comfort.
Homemade coffee (Coffea), thanks to the deduction of all new compact varieties with abundant flowering and fruiting, which continue almost continuously, is back in fashion. This plant finally appreciated not only its beauty, but also the delightful fragrant trail that surrounds the shrub.
Snow-white flowers and their aroma affect us like a drink made from coffee beans. The aroma of a flowering coffee tree drives away drowsiness, eliminates fatigue, increases creative abilities and allows you to tune in to work, activates memory and thinking, awakens and inspires. This is one of the best “morning” scents. Coffee is not very appropriate in the bedroom or living room, but in the kitchen or in the working corner, a small bush on the windowsill can work wonders no worse than a cup of your favorite sweet drink.
Only the aroma leaders among indoor plants are listed above. A pleasant (and healing) smell is inherent in other cultures, in particular:
- aromatic pelargonium;
- some types of orchids;
- discocactus and others.
Mixing aromas of indoor crops
Despite the fact that all fragrant indoor plants have their own, pronounced individuality, they do not at all require the choice of only one particular culture. If you are a fan of fragrant plants and appreciate the smells as well as the beauty of flowering or leaves, then you can safely make your own collection. True, in the process of selecting fragrant room stars, a completely different approach must be applied than in the preparation of conventional compositions.
Treat fragrant plants as part of one big bouquet, make smells in such a way that together they create a harmonious, unique atmosphere in the house. Consider the tonic or, on the contrary, the calming effect of the aroma, its intensity and the time when the smell is revealed to the greatest extent.
Do not mix plants with odors of a different nature among themselves, arrange them throughout the house in such a way that in every corner you are surrounded by the aroma that suits you best.