IN PICTURES: Seven plants that help relieve stress

Stressed gardeners have been told to grow seven key plants in their backyards to help relieve tension and anxiety.

Monday, 5th August 2019, 3:30 pm
Updated Monday, 5th August 2019, 4:30 pm
Peppermint has been found to lower frustration and boost alertness. Menthol, found in the plant, is also a powerful muscle relaxant and can aid digestion.

Horticulture experts from BillyOh.com have revealed the plants which can help relieve the symptoms of stress, including chrysanthemums, lavender and gerberas.

Known for its medicinal benefits since ancient times, Chamomile has antianxiety effects and can also be used as a sleep aid. Commonly taken as a tea, it can also help reduce inflammation.
The colour and smell of the purple plant is immediately calming. Often used to help soothe agitated babies, the plants oil is commonly prescribed to help in the treatment of anxiety and depression
The plant makes you feel less anxious and more at peace, meaning that if you place a Jasmine plant in your bedroom you should wake up feeling more alert. A good nights sleep has restorative power allowing you to feel more positive.

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Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera is also one of the most powerful plant air purifiers. It helps remove harmful chemicals from the air and as such can help reduce anxiety.
Chrysanthemums can help lessen symptoms of worry and stress, and when taken as a tea can help relax bodies. A good source of Vitamin C which can help boost the immune system and treat coughs and colds, Chrysanthemums can also increase your metabolism.
The bright colours of the plant can be instantly calming, with the flowers lasting up to two weeks. Gerberas remove benzene from the air which is a chemical found in inks. They can help bring a calming atmosphere and encourage a peaceful nights sleep.