October 28, 2020
We know you love your indoor plants. But do you know how much they love you?
Our plants are secretly working around the clock to make sure we’re perfectly accommodated mentally and physically. Even through processing their air the opposite way to how we do, plants and humans are a match made in heaven, designed to perfectly compliment each other.
According to NASA, plants can remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds. Enclosed spaces normally trap these nasties to be breathed in repeatedly. By pulling contaminants into the soil, the root microbes covert the toxins in your air into food for the plant!
Plants turn the carbon-dioxide we release when we breathe out, into oxygen for us to breathe in! House plants drastically increase the oxygen levels in your home, allowing you to take fresher breaths, to breathe easier and to reduce brain fog.
Different house plants still photosynthesis at night, like Gerbera daisies. They’ll purify your air while you sleep, increasing your quality of sleep and decreasing the time it takes to fall asleep.
As a human, our body loves being around the nature we were made to live in. Indoor plants are proven to boost your mood, and lower your blood pressure. Eg. When 28 new plants were placed around the heart and lung rehab centre in Norway, patients reported an increase in mental well-being four compared to patients who didn’t have greenery added.
Due to the high increase of oxygen and the cleanliness of the air, having house plants increases your ability to focus, sharpens your attention and stimulates creativity.
Just by looking at plants we naturally feel calmer. Research shows house plants reduce anxiety and stress, and increase our mood and self-esteem. The act of maintaining and caring for your plants also drastically reduces stress and alleviates looming anxieties.
By increasing humidity levels and removing dust, house plants reduce flu like illnesses by up to 30%. The natural plant matter released into the air also helps build up a tolerance and immunity to external irritants.
Due to their dynamic surface area, indoor plants are constantly absorbing sounds and reducing background noise. Depending on the number of plants you have, their individual surface areas, and their placement in the room, you can reduce a great amount of sound and echo in your home. Perfect for study or relaxation zones.
The gorgeous aesthetic of indoor plants paired with their air purification factors, actually reduces absences in a work place. The increased productivity, reduction of brain fog and the calming provided to an environment by house plants results in a happier healthier workplace, and actually increases employee attendance and their enthusiasm toward it.
10. Enhance Therapy
Plants and therapy mixed together is called ‘Horticulture therapy’. Horticulture therapists implement a well-organised recovery and treatment plan that centres around the maintenance and care of plants. It creates and sets measurable goals that in turn allows one to overcome one’s pre-determined external obstacles. The American Horticultural Therapy Association suggests it’s use for psychological, physical and vocational issues such as PTSD, regaining skills and problem solving.
Remember how much your plants love you next time your feeling down, or the next time someone says anything about having too many house plants.
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