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Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are extremely important. It’s no secret plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, buildings, medicine, oh and the process of the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health.

There are a number of reasons why having household plants might improve our happiness, and the most obvious is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its findings that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. The researched showed, those who share extended periods of time around plants tend to have healthier relationships with friends & family and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness.

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Plants Help People...Help People

A separate study found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the house and in the office potentially could significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around plants are almost always more likely to offer help to others, and often have more active social relationships. People who care for houseplants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating mutual bonds because of their mutual interests.

Plants Help Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a calming effect, and including ornamental houseplants around the family home is an awesome way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused 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.

Houseplants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List

Including ornamental houseplants in the office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments, and the calming influence created by them, increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being around plants inside your home can increase memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project reported (Sewach).

Convinced? Great. Here are some examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment:

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to love them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re super easy to take care of, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance and 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 prefer to dry out some between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing plants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are other plants that made the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is it can make small and ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the easiest to care for plants out there as it can go weeks of being forgotten without losing neither shape nor healthy look. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. 

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