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Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are pretty important. News flash: plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, buildings, natural medicine, oh and that whole processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies show that household plants have a direct impact on our wellness.

There are many reasons why having indoor plants might improve our mood, and an unmistakable reason is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and vibrant colors. A recent study supports this notion in its research that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time in the presence of houseplants tend to have healthier relationships with others and accordingly experience higher levels of happiness.

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Fact: Plants Help People

Additional research found that flowering plants provide elevated levels of happiness and therefore, placing 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 spend more time around plants are much more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building strong bonds resulting from their common interests.

Plants Help Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a soothing effect, and including ornamental flowering plants around the apartment home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is decreased as well. Collective 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

Having ornamental houseplants in the home boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments, and the calming influence created by them, increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of plants inside can boost memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach).

Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of great houseplants to have in your apartment 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 super easy to care for, and spider plants are very good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and are great options to use in areas that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance, too. Give them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water it well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants don't mind drying out partially between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University found that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing plants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are other plants on the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is it can make small contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, they can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. The snake plant is one of the most tolerant plants out there as snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing neither shape nor healthy and vibrant look. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. 

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