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Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, construction materials, medical efforts, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies show that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness.

There are many reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re better to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and floral colors. A recent study supports this notion in its findings that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in its caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time with houseplants tend to have better relationships with other people and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness.

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Plants Help People, Help People

Additional research found that flowering plants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering plants around the apartment home and in the workplace is likely to significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are almost always more likely to try and help others, and usually have more advanced social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating strong bonds because of their common interests.

Plants Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty can have a calming effect, and having ornamental flowering plants around the home is a great way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the likelihood of suffering from stress-related depression is reduced as well. The research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain.

Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List

Including ornamental plants in the home and office improves memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Going outside or being around houseplants 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 houseplants to have in your home:

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your family is going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re very easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water it well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants don't mind drying out partially between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants 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 that made the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small and ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the low maintenance plants out there as snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and healthylook. They can thrive in environments with limited light and water. 

See any similarities with our two suggestions? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?