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Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are imperative to our survival. Let's exam: food, buildings, medicine, oh and the process of processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness.

There are a number of reasons why indoor plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re better to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and active colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its report that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time with plants tend to have stronger relationships with other people and accordingly experience heightened levels of happiness.

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Fact: Plants Help People

Additional research found that flowering houseplants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the home and in the office potentially could significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around houseplants are almost always more likely to help others, and tend to have more advanced social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and forming strong bonds resulting from their common interests.

Plants Help Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental plants around the family home is an awesome way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is lessened as well. The research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by producing peace and open spaces to your brain.

Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List

Having ornamental plants in the home and office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Being outside or being around plants inside your home can boost memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project showed (Sewach).

Convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment home:

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to like them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re super easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and can be put to good use in parts of the house that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water the houseplant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants are okay to dry out some between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the most oxygen-producing plants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are the other plants included on the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to eliminate toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. Snake plants are some of the most tolerant plants out there as snake plants can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthy, vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with very low light and water. 

Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kid visitors, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?