As city gals of the highest order, and therefore beings exposed to pollution, humidity, and air con that's less 'air conditioner' and more 'air contaminator', you could say we and our skin experience an inordinate amount of stress. But what if we told you there’s a way to put all that to rest - and not with fancy stress-release exercises or treatments? We’re enlisting the help of our good ol’ plant pals. We know. Shocking.
A little titbit for you: plants serve as the most natural source of energy and oxygen, perfect for our precious pores. Studies show they reduce stress levels through promoting concentration by up to 15 per cent, thereby improving quality of sleep. For this reason, plants such as succulents which emit the most oxygen, make for the ideal bedroom plant. And - sorry to be basic - but they’re super ‘gram worthy too.
We could all do with a little hug from mother nature here in the sandpit, so we’ve taken the liberty of putting together a list of the absolute best places to buy plants in the UAE...
Home and Soul
Recently launching its new plant collection is lifestyle concept store Home and Soul. With carefully curated pieces, it’s like our feeds have come to life. Home and Soul is sure to give you the complete aesthetic experience. Think woven plant pots, with matching rugs and wall décor.
Smack-bang in the centre of the off-white warehouse estate of Al Quoz is a millennial pink masterpiece boasting perfectly potted plants that are as pretty as a picture - no, seriously, its Instagram is #goals. We've written about it before here. And it’s not all just looks, owner Danae offers snippets of plant knowledge, too. After finding out what a Haworthia Cymbiformis is, we basically feel like gardening aficionados.
Dubai Plant Souk
Have you got an obscure taste in plants? Standard succulents just not doing it for you? Head over to the plant souk. With weekly imports from Holland, you’re bound to find whatever plant it is you’re looking for with an added plus of not absolutely wrecking your bank account. They also offer home delivery, which is music to the ears of those of us with beige car interiors, or who don't fancy grappling with a five-foot cactus.
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