Plant life

Women's Health (UK) - - STRONG MIND -

You’ll have seen it at count­less bou­tique spas and gyms: green­ery hang­ing off grids, walls and ceil­ings. They’re air plants and, as well as be­ing bang on trend (the liv­ing wall in New York’s cult med­i­ta­tion stu­dio MNDFL is a mar­vel), the think­ing be­hind them – bio­philia: the idea that hu­mans have a deep­rooted con­nec­tion with na­ture that’s cru­cial to well­be­ing – is le­git. Bio­philic de­sign is proven to boost pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity. Air plants like Til­land­sia io­nan­tha and ab­dita get their nu­tri­ents via their leaves, rather than a root sys­tem. They need, well, air – so keep them in open spa­ces.

The fun part? You can grow them in your choice of re­cep­ta­cle.

Earn bonus points by hang­ing them from a grid, such as the Mk­ouo Grid Hang­ing Planter (£15.99, Ama­zon), then spritz them with wa­ter once a week.

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