I’m a gardening expert – these five house plants do more than look pretty and are so easy to grow

HOUSE PLANTS are for so much more than looking pretty on your instagram.

If you can manage to keep them alive for more than a couple of weeks some of them can offer loads of hidden benefits.

This gardening whizz shared some of the other ways these plants can be used, and it's going to make your next trip to the garden centre even more exciting.

Lavender

Although it's often grown outside, lavender can make a great potted plant inside too.

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

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They gardening whizz added: "The smell of lavender has been proven in aroma therapy to help one relax and relieve tension, treat anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness."

Sage

When you think of sage, food is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

But sage has many uses beyond mouth wateringly good reciepes.

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"Put some dried sage leaves into water and bring to a boil. Infuse for 15 minutes before serving with honey as a remedy for sore throats and upset stomachs," the pro recommends.

Cestrum Nocturnum or lady of the night

Although this plant only blooms at night time, hence the name, it hasa few handy uses when placed in your home.

First of all, insects can't stand the smell the blooms give off, so it will be sure to keep annoying pests like mosquitoes at bay.

But fear not, for humans the smell is delicious, "It is one of the world’s most fragrant flowers when in full bloom.

"The sweet smell 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 gardening whizz explained that the plant both the flesh and the skin of the lime can be eaten, so is great for cooking.

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"The aroma of fresh lime skin could relief nausea and motion sickness," they added.

"Rub the skin of the fruit with your fingers and sniff in its fresh citrus fragrance before and during a journey."

Pandan

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

Besides looking great, the leaves are often used as a natural alterative to food colouring.

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

Pound the leaves until smooth and mix with some water, before applying the mixture throughout the scalp and let it stand for 30 minutes before rinsing, the gardening guru advices.

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The pro says: "Pandan leaves are also often used as a natural form of cockroach and mosquito repellent.

"Just tie a few leaves together and place it anywhere you do not want cockroaches or mosquitoes to be."

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