5 Health Benefits of Houseplants
Nothing spruces up a space quite like a like greenery. But indoor houseplants don’t just look pretty; they’re good for you too.
In fact, studies show having plants in your home can reduce stress, boost mood, increase productivity, strengthen your immune system and improve indoor air quality!
Here’s a breakdown of the mental and physical health benefits:
1. Reduces Stress
On some days, staying sane while working remotely is easier said than done. What if there was an easy way to stress less?
Research shows that simply putting a plant on your desk can work wonders for your mental state. In one study, people who had a desk plant reported lower levels of anxiety and stress at the end of four weeks.
2. Boosts Mood
Time for some plant therapy! Horticulturist David Domoney conducted a study to find out which plants make people the happiest and found the top three were lily of the valley, sweet pea, and jasmine.
Each plant offers unique benefits. Sweet pea has a beautiful and captivating scent, lily of the valley triggers fond memories of walking in the woods, and jasmine evoked memories of plants in their gardens.
3. Increases Productivity
According to research, indoor plants can enhance cognitive function. Specifically, researchers observed improvements in concentration, memory retention and productivity.
In addition, surrounding your workspace with potted plants and flowers can significantly boost your creativity and ability to solve problems.
4. Strengthens Your Immune System
There are numerous immune-boosting plants ranging from echinacea to aloe vera.
Aloe acts as an anti-viral and antibacterial, helping reduce inflammation and strengthen immunity. Echinacea is known for its medicinal properties, aiding your body in the fight against germs. For this reason, it’s recommended for treating colds.
5. Improve Indoor Air Quality
You’d be surprised how polluted indoor air can be. Whether it’s asbestos, mold, or carbon monoxide, there is a long list of potential contaminants.
In a study conducted by NASA, the spider plant and golden pothos were the most beneficial when it came to filtering out toxic fumes.
And here’s a fun fact: Rooms with greenery contain up to 60% less airborne molds and bacteria compared to rooms that don’t.
The beauty of houseplants is that you don’t need to have a green thumb to reap the benefits. Cacti and succulents are low maintenance and great for beginners.
Happy planting and enjoy creating your own personal plant sanctuary!