We love being surrounded by greenery, unfortunately, we kill everything we touch, so more often than not the greenery that is surrounding us is fake. But we hear that some of you actually have green thumbs that are capable of keeping things alive, and you know what? Good for you. Science says there are some major benefits to having a plethora of indoor plants, and we see the logic. Let’s get to it! And yes, you can absolutely consider this a reason to go buy more houseplants.
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Houseplants Can Lower Stress and Anxiety
Being surrounded by plants, whether it be at home or in your office, tends to make a person feel comfortable, natural, all-around more zen, and after all of these unprecedented times, we could use a ton of zen, please and thank you.
Indoor Gardening Can Be Therapeutic
If you’re experiencing symptoms of mental illness, consider therapy in the form of gardening. (Not to take the place of actual therapy, of course!) Researchers have found that those suffering from depression, anxiety, dementia, and other conditions have found solace in gardening. In fact, it’s not uncommon in Manchester to be “prescribed” potted plants. (source)
Plants Can Improve the Air Quality
Okay, bear with us here, but: phytoremediation. Phytoremediation is a term that refers to plants scrubbing contaminants from the air. This was discovered back in the 1980s when researchers were looking for ways to improve the air quality in sealed spacecrafts, and they came to the conclusion that the roots and soil of houseplants reduce airborne volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, significantly. If this is enough reason for you to go nab some houseplants, and it is for us, you’ll want to look for Boston Ferns, Rubber Trees, Spider Plants, and Ficus Trees, these are the most effective at cleaning the air!
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Have we convinced you to become a plant person? We sure hope so! Before you go buy out your local greenhouse, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- If you have animals or kiddos in your home, make sure you’re buying plants that are non-toxic and safe for both of these creatures.
- Some houseplants attract unwanted pests, so make sure you know what you’re getting into before introducing a new plant to your space.
- If you’re prone to having allergies or even asthma attacks, again, do your research before bringing plants in. You certainly don’t want to have any surprise allergy or asthma attacks.