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FIVE BENEFITS OF HOUSEPLANTS

Bring life and color to your property and make you feel at home. Houseplants are not only aesthetically pleasing, but have surprisingly great health benefits!

Words By Ivana Coletta

02/04/2022

Nothing brings more beauty and comfort to our homes and offices than the lush blooms and foliage of houseplants. They fit everywhere! Bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and office. There is no room that a houseplant cannot liven up! From increasing concentration and productivity to helping you sleep, plants have a lot of benefits. So let’s discover them together!

Increase Happiness

When you’re feeling down, people often advise you to take a walk in the park. After all, we enhance our well-being when we get in touch with nature. Studies show that spending time in green spaces can reduce our mental fatigue, improve our mood, and even our cognitive abilities. Although fresh air and exercise might be just what the doctor ordered, we don’t necessarily have to go outside to feel connected to nature. You’d be amazed by the impact that houseplants can have on our overall mental state, whether we’re working in an office or simply chilling at home.

Reduce Stress And Anxiety

It has been proven that spending time in nature lowers stress levels and rejuvenates the body and mind. It may not be the same as a walk in the woods, but bringing plants into your home can help you relax at the end of a long day. The ability of plants to purify the air also contributes to your overall health and allows you to better manage stress.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, the scent of lavender has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure and help you relax. It is often found in essential oils and room sprays, but a potted plant is just as good.

Improve Sleep

The amount and quality of sleep we get have a significant impact on our health. Plants can help you get a good night’s sleep in two ways: They purify the air in your bedroom and give off a scent that helps you relax. Plants like snake plants, orchids, and aloe vera release oxygen at night to help you breathe better and absorb toxins from the air. Choose jasmine or lavender for a sweet scent that will help you fall asleep.

Purify The Air

Indoor pollutant levels are generally higher than outdoor levels because outdoor pollutants mix with indoor pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are released from furnishings, paints, and even cleaning products. Opening windows and natural ventilation can help improve indoor air quality, but it’s not always possible or comfortable, especially in winter.

A 1989 study by NASA found that houseplants can help remove chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air and reduce “sick building syndrome.” In addition, some plants are particularly good at removing certain pollutants. For example, English ivy has been shown to reduce airborne mold by up to 78%.

Boost Performance

Research has shown that people perform better on attention-related tasks when surrounded by plants. One study found that plants in the workplace can increase productivity by up to 15%. The theory is that having plants on your desk can give you a little break from screens and improve your concentration. Humans have a strong connection to nature, and when you bring spirit into your immediate environment, you become calmer, more content, and, as we’ve seen, more focused. 

To have a better effect, each plant should live in a specific house room. For instance, orchids and snake plants are the perfect choice for bedrooms! Most plants give off oxygen during the day when they photosynthesize, but when the sun goes down, they give off carbon dioxide. Orchids and snake plants do the opposite and release oxygen at night, making them perfect nighttime companions. In kitchens: Aloe vera. It is a medicinal plant that’s almost impossible to kill. Rub the gel-filled insides of the leaves on scrapes and burns, and you’ll get an instant cooling effect. In offices: Gerbera daisies and spider plants. Gerbera daisies not only add color to your office but also help remove toxins from the air, especially those associated with ink. 

Having plants around you has psychological benefits, of course, but taking care of your plants can also engage in mutual growth. So the next time you water your plants, slow down, take a few deep breaths, and focus on what you’re doing. Admire the leaves and flowers of your plants, touch them, smell them, and maybe even talk to them!