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Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are very important. It's not new news to say plants are an essential part of our survival. Think about it: food, buildings, medical efforts, oh and the most important of all, the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's not a surprise then, recent studies conclude that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health.

There are many reasons why indoor plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re nicer to smell and look at. Wallpaper and carpet have a hard time competing with living things and floral 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 houseplant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time around houseplants tend to have stronger relationships with others and consequently experience increased levels of happiness.

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Fact: Plants Help People

Another study found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering houseplants around the apartment and in the office potentially could significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more plants are almost always more likely to try and help others, and often have more active social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for nature are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building shared bonds because of their mutual interests.

Plants Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is known to have a relaxing effect, and including ornamental plants around the apartment home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is reduced as well. Collective research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by inducing peace and open spaces to your brain.

Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List

Having ornamental plants in the home 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 with nature or being around plants inside can improve memory retention close to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study reported (Sewach).

Convinced? Great. Here are a couple examples of ideas for great houseplants to have in your apartment home:

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Spider Plant

Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re super easy to take care of, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and can be put to good use in parts of the house that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are mainly low maintenance, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water it well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants prefer to dry out partially between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in plants 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 snake plant's can make small contribution to eliminate toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. Snake plants are some of the most tolerant plants out there as snake plants can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and healthylook. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. 

Notice a trend with our two suggestions? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?