Houseplants are a great way to brighten up your home. Many also have added benefits such as removing toxins from the air, or adding an all-natural aromatic fragrance to bathrooms and kitchens.

When it comes to banishing the January blues, houseplants can be helpful too. Soothing Aloe Vera, for example, can be applied to sore winter skin, while sleep-enhancing lavender will aid a restful night, and bloat-beating mint helps stressed out stomachs.

Here, Dobbies Garden Centres reveals their five favourite healing houseplants for a post-Christmas, mood-boosting pick-me-up.

Soothing Aloe Vera
This cactus-like plant is easy to grow as it thrives indoors. The leaves contain special aloe gel, and animal studies have shown that when applied topically it can help with wound healing. Research also suggests that aloe gel comes with special antibacterial compounds called anthraquinones which are responsible for minimising infection. Whilst more research still needs to be conducted on the health benefits of aloe vera, there are numerous topical treatments on the market for soothing the skin and reducing inflammation, which may be of benefit when it comes to minimising sunburn, spots or even psoriasis.
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