When it comes to sprucing up your house and health, spending a little green on greens can go a long way. It’s not just about improving your indoor aesthetic. Even if you don’t normally notice a plant’s presence, seeing a plant can subconsciously make you feel calm and relaxed.
A lot of research has gone into the benefits of plants and human health.
When many of us think of plant-life we aren’t really associating plants with life, but more the life of the plant. Have I lost you yet? What I mean is that plants are actually so much more intertwined with our very being than we ever realize.
Plants not only sustain life by their consumption, they clean the air and produce oxygen. Their beauty is uplifting. They provide shade, a home, food and shelter for any number of species of insect and animal life necessary to our very survival. Including our own lives.
Find the right plants for your particular space and the amount of time you have for them.
Then, take them home and enjoy the following benefits:
When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.
At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants – orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.
They make you happy
Having a plant at home will make you happy
Some people claim that plants have the power to influence your mood.
If you’re a sensitive person and sense that living things give off positive and negative energy, these plants are ideal for you:
- Violets: These are ideal if there is conflict and discord in your home, as it will help keep the peace and reduce stress.
- Ivy: It’s believed that ivy brings good fortune to your home.
- Anthurium: Known as “masculine happiness,” it’s recommended for increasing fertility in men and increasing libido.
Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.
Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.
They have a relaxing effect
You can also take advantage of mother nature’s goodness and grow plants that will help you during times of anxiety:
-Saint John’s wort: Because it contains hypericin (an antibiotic and inhibitor), this plant is recommended for treating depression, anxiety, insomnia, and the emotional symptoms of menopause.
-Passionflower: This herb has a soothing effect, encourages relaxation, and helps with the symptoms of anxiety.
-Valerian: This plant is great at reducing stress levels, helping you fall asleep, stabilizing your heart rate, and making you feel better if you are sad or upset.
Improved memory and concentration
In addition to the calm inducing effects that being around and working with plants has on a person (even for a brief period), it has also been proven that having living plants to care for and enjoy has the remarkable ability to improve our memory. Often by a staggering 20%.
There is no doubt that having plants about to feed, water, trim or even just enjoy, exercises the brain, releases endorphins and improves memory.
Plants Make You Happier
When we surround ourselves with the natural beauty of flowers, it is proven that our stress levels decrease, we feel more light-hearted and our thoughts are more hopeful and optimistic. Flora and fauna are good for the eye and the soul.
Not only the aesthetic beauty they display, but their vibrancy of colors and very much, their fragrance, can induce a state one could safely describe as, euphoric. Scents have long been known to trigger pleasant memories and induce an overall sense of well being.
This gives new meaning to the old term, flower power!
They’re a source of positive energy
Some schools of philosophic thought, like feng shui, claim that certain plants attract positive energy.
Improved Mental Health
Planting, gardening, or just being in a more natural environment has proven to have a positive effect on one’s mental health.
Studies released have shown that those people who spend more time outdoors where there are trees, shrubs, flowers and sunshine, have a more positive outlook on life and are less prone to depression and sullen moods.
It’s a natural fact that people who care for plants inside their home or outdoors tend to be less stressed as the nurturing aspect of caring for plants has a calming effect on their psyche.
Tis’ a beautiful thing to plant a seed or cutting from a plant you enjoy and then to watch it grow and bring its life cycle to fruition. It is rewarding on many levels including the release of those good feeling endorphins that are emitted when we accomplish a task. However, the word task is relative. It becomes more a labor of love once you get into it.