Smell is not the most important characteristic of indoor plants. The latter are chosen, 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.Common oleander (Nerium oleander).
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 clear it of 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 Escherichia 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 scented 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 from flowering orange trees! They are considered the first fragrant plants that began to grow indoors.
One can talk a lot about the decorative advantages 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 volatile, which 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.Lemon (Citrus limon).
Flower queen 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 by no means less felt, 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 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 perfumery, and 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.Rose (Rosa).
Amazonian Lily, or eucharis (Eucharis) - a sweet and aggressive queen, a plant that can only be called elegant. The magnificent bulbous with large, brilliant, 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.Eucharis, or Amazonian Lily (Eucharis)
The aroma is very strong and murai (Murraya) - a magnificent evergreen exot with a very beautiful lace crown, flowering and fruiting that lasts 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 activity, especially related to creativity. Even a few minutes in the company of this blooming 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 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.Murraya paniculata (Murraya paniculata).
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.Azalea (Azalea), or Rhododendron (Rhododendron).
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 acutely 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 an "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.Oleander (Nerium oleander)
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 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 with 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.Myrtle (Myrtus).
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, improves creativity 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.Coffee, or Coffee Tree (Coffea)
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, you need to use a completely different approach than when compiling 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.