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Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are very important. News flash: plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, buildings, natural medicine, oh and the process of the process of taking 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 wellness.

There are a number of reasons why indoor plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re nicer to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and active colors. A recent study supports this notion in its report that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. According to the research, those who share extended periods of time in the presence of houseplants tend to have healthier relationships with others and consequently experience higher levels of happiness.

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Plants Help People, Help People

Additional research found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the house and in the office is likely to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who spend more time around houseplants are significantly more likely to offer help to others, and often have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating strong bonds resulting from their shared interests.

Plants Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty can have a soothing effect, and having ornamental houseplants around the apartment home is an awesome way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is decreased as well. Collective 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 Honey 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 fixate on the task at hand. Going outside or being under the influence of plants inside can improve memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach).

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

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your family is going to love them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re extremely easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold and 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. Provide them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water it well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out partially between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing houseplants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants on the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, they 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 live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with limited light and water. 

Notice anything with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?