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Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are extremely important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Think about it: food, construction materials, natural medicine, oh and the process of the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies show that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health.

There are numerous reasons why indoor plants might improve our mood, and general consensus is they’re nicer to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and active 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 from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. The researched showed, those who spend extended periods of time with plants tend to have healthier relationships with others and therefore experience higher levels of happiness.

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Plants Help People...Help People

Additional research found that flowering houseplants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the house and in the office is likely to significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are significantly more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more vibrant social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building mutual bonds out of their shared interests.

Plants Help Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a calming effect, and keeping ornamental plants around the home is a great way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the happiness derived from a space that has plants in it, the likelihood of suffering from stress-related depression is lessened as well. The research supports that by having houseplants, 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 houseplants in the office boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Going outside or being around houseplants in your house can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study concluded (Sewach).

Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are some ideas for great houseplants to have in your home:

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to enjoy them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to maintain, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and will work wonders in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants don't mind drying out a bit between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University found that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing houseplants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are the other plants that made the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is the plant can make small and ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. Other than CO2, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. The snake plant is one of the easiest to care for plants out there as it can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and healthylook. It can thrive in environments with very low light and water. 

Notice anything with our two plants? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?