Jade plant, scientifically known Crassula argentea has its origin in South Africa. It is one of the most popular houseplants cultivated across Europe and America over a hundred years. However, how it came to cultivation is still a question mark. According to the reports in 1786, a French naturalist in the Jardin du Roi in Paris stated that the plant came from Africa and has been “growing for a long time”.
You might consider Jade plant as an ornamental indoor because of its succulent plant, fleshy leaves with attractive edges and cluster of star shaped flowers. The miniature tree-like plant has traits of bonsai as it lives for very long and grows up to 5 feet tall. However, the significance of the jade plant goes well beyond its aesthetic appeal. Know why you should definitely have a jade plant in your home below:
Jade plant helps remove VOCs from the air. VOC or volatile organic compounds are the main category of air pollutants that include acetone, benzene and formaldehyde causing short term and long term health effects. “Inhaling large amounts of VOCs can lead some people to develop sick building syndrome, which reduces productivity and can even cause dizziness, asthma or allergies,” says Vadoud Niri, Ph.D., leader of the 2016 plant research on VOCs.
It Is A Symbol Of Good Luck
Jade plant is considered to activate financial luck and is a symbol of good luck because of its coin shaped leaves. Gifting jade is also a traditional practice of feng shui on birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and housewarming events as its presence is considered auspicious. Jade stores water inside its leaves and stored water is a symbol of wealth and abundance. The plant gives off “chi”, the positive energy. It is recommended to put the plant in the southeast corner of your home.
It Has Medicinal Properties
Jade plant is beneficial to cure warts in which the leaf is cut open and bound over the wart. After some days, warts fall off by themselves due to prolonged exposure. In China, stone lotus, a variety of jade plant is used to cure diabetic symptoms. In Africa, the plant is used to purge the intestines and treat diarrhoea, epilepsy and corns.
It Is Easy To Maintain>
If you are a black thumb while still willing to enjoy all the benefits indoor plants provide, jade plant is the best option. Being a succulent, jade plant care and maintenance is relatively easy as they don’t need frequent repotting, pruning and fertilizing and will stay as your undemanding friend because of their long lifespan and resiliency.
It Promotes Mental Well Being
Managing everything can be quite a task at times and our busy lives can take a toll on us. For that matter, jade plant has a calming effect on mood and mental pressure. If you are dealing with stress and insomnia, jade plant is best to provide you the natural outdoorsy feels and soothe your anxiety levels. According to a research (PDF) carried out by Helen Russell, Surrey University, England Dr. Roger and S. Ulrich of Texas A&M University along with other studies conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr of Washington State University, jade helps reduce workplace stress and enhances productivity.
Jade plant is an extremely popular succulent, sometimes also called as Money plant or Dollar plant. Jade plant care is easy, No wonder, this simple and easy to-care plant is an absolute favorite of every traditional and modern household. Bring yours today!