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Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are pretty important. News flash: plants are an essential part of our survival. Think about it: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the process of processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into clean oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies show that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness.

There are numerous reasons why indoor plants might improve our mood, and general consensus is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and floral colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its research that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in its caretaker. According to the research, those who spend extended periods of time around plants tend to have better relationships with other people and consequently experience higher levels of happiness.

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Fact: Plants Help People

Additional research found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering houseplants around the apartment home and in the office has the potential to significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around plants are significantly more likely to try and help others, and often 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 forming shared bonds resulting from their common interests.

Plants Help Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty can have a soothing effect, and keeping ornamental houseplants around the family home is an excellent way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the increased happiness derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is decreased as well. Collective research supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by inducing peace and open spaces to your brain.

Houseplants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List

Having ornamental plants in the home increases 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. Being outside or being around houseplants in your house can boost memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project reported (Sewach).

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

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Spider Plant

One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your kids are going to enjoy them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re super easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and can be put to good use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance and easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water your spider plant well but do not water it too much to the point of it becoming soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing plants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are 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 get rid of toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, it can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the most tolerant plants out there as they can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. Snake plants can thrive in environments with very low light and water. 

See any similarities with our two plants? If you have kids, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?