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Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, building materials, natural medicine, oh and that whole taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies conclude that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness.

There are a number of reasons why having indoor plants might improve our happiness, and an unmistakable reason is they’re nicer to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and floral colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its report 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. We learn from the research, those who share extended periods of time with plants tend to have healthier relationships with other people and consequently experience increased levels of happiness.

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Plants Help People...Help People

A separate study found that flowering houseplants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the apartment and ay work is likely to significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around houseplants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more active social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating shared bonds out of their common interests.

Plants Help Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty can have a calming effect, and keeping ornamental houseplants around the home is an awesome 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. Collective 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 home and office improves 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 houseplants in your house can improve memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study concluded (Sewach).

Convinced? Great. Here are two examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment home:

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are one of the most popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re very easy to maintain, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room, downstairs, and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water your spider plant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants are okay to dry out partially between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the greatest oxygen-producing houseplants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants that made the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is snake plant's can make small and ongoing contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. It can do more than absorb CO too, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the easiest to care for plants out there as it can go weeks of being forgotten without losing neither shape nor healthy, vibrant look. It can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. 

See any similarities with our two plants? If you have kid visitors, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't want plants named Spider and Snake?