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I’m a gardening expert – these five houseplants not only look pretty and are so easy to grow

HOUSEPLANTS are for so much more than looking pretty on your Instagram.

If you manage to keep them alive for more than a few weeks, some of them can offer many hidden benefits.

Lavender can do much more than just add color to your home

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Lavender can do much more than just add color to your homePhoto credit: Getty

This garden genius has shared some of the other ways these plants can be used and it will make your next visit to the garden center even more exciting.

lavender

Although often grown outdoors, lavender can also make a great potted plant indoors.

But besides the relaxing smell, according to the pro, the plant can also be used in a cup of tea or in many dessert recipes, even replacing rosemary in some savory dishes.

The garden talent added, “The smell of lavender has been proven in aromatherapy to help relax and relieve tension, treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and anxiety.”

sage

When you think of sage, food probably comes to mind first.

But sage has many uses beyond delicious recipes.

“Put some dried sage leaves in water and bring to a boil. Steep for 15 minutes before serving, with honey as a remedy for a sore throat and upset stomach,” the pro recommends.

Cestrum Nocturnum or Lady of the Night

Although this plant only flowers at night, hence its name, it has a few practical uses when placed in your home.

Firstly, insects cannot stand the smell of the flowers, so annoying pests such as mosquitoes are safely kept away.

But fear not, the scent is delicious to humans: “When in full bloom, it’s one of the most fragrant flowers in the world.

“The sweet scent of this plant is also a good alternative for your chemical air freshener.”

lime

That’s right, the plant is for more than just your summer cocktails.

The gardener explained that the plant can eat both the pulp and the zest of the lime, making it great for cooking.

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“The aroma of fresh lime zest could help relieve nausea and motion sickness,” they added.

“Rub the fruit’s skin with your fingers and sniff its fresh citrus scent before and during a trip.”

pandan

Although this plant is more commonly kept outdoors, it can be an indoor plan as long as it is pruned often.

Aside from looking amazing, the leaves are often used as a natural alternative to food coloring.

Besides its use as a food ingredient, pandan leaves are also used as a traditional remedy that can help get rid of dandruff problems.

Pat the leaves smooth and mix with some water before applying the mixture to your scalp and letting sit for 30 minutes before rinsing off, the gardening guru advises.

The pro says: “Pandan leaves are also often used as a natural repellent against cockroaches and mosquitoes.

“Just tie some leaves together and place them anywhere you don’t want roaches or mosquitoes.”

Not only does sage smell good, it also has other uses around the home

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Not only does sage smell good, it also has other uses around the homePhoto credit: Getty

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5297624/gardening-expert-houseplants-with-more-uses/ I’m a gardening expert – these five houseplants not only look pretty and are so easy to grow

Jessica MacLeish

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