Why I’m Making My House into a Jungle

5 reasons houseplants can improve your life.

Sarah Theresa
Oct 31 · 5 min read
Photo by Kara Eads on Unsplash

“When I get older, I want a jungle in my house, mom, just like we have.” These are the sing-song words of my eight-year-old this morning as I happily spritzed the twenty-some plants that sit in our living room bay window.

“We don’t have enough of a jungle yet, kiddo,” I said, admiring the fern and spider plants that doubled in size while sitting proudly on the porch all summer.

“It makes me so happy that our plants loved being outside so much this summer,” my 8-year-old said with serious glee.

I couldn’t imagine a home or office without houseplants.

I once dated a man whose child was allergic to houseplants. Before I knew this, I remember teasing him for having so many fake succulents. When he didn’t respond to my gentle jabs, I realized I must have touched a sore spot. “Why don’t you have real plants?” I asked him in an apologetic way. “The dust and bacteria that gathers on them could make my son sick — like so sick it could kill him.” After he spoke there was an uncomfortable silence — a silence that compelled me to gaze upon his well-dusted plastic succulents with an air of compassion. The more serious our relationship got, the more I questioned our co-habiting future together. Yes, my love of houseplants is so very intense that it made me question moving in with a man I loved!

My breakup with that man had nothing to do with plants. In fact, the tropical plants I once rescued from the curb blossomed while they lived on his porch during my month-long journey out west, which only made me fall more deeply in love with him — and them.

Plants are sentient beings. They talk back if you know how to listen.

Here are a few key reasons why I love plants so much:

Plants boost your mood.

They look so darn good.

They make it easier to concentrate.

They clear the air of toxins.

They’re the cleanest housepet


Plants are this planet’s BFF.

With the fires in the Amazon and California and the threat of climate change, our world needs more green. Green can start at home, one potted pet at a time.


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Soul Writer. Mama. Life ponderer. Nature Lover. Therapist. Introvert. HSP & Empath. FB @Sarah Theresa Lamb, and Instagram @Zenchic23. www.sarahtheresalamb.com

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