Is there anything more Instaworthy than a fantastic collection of houseplants? Paired with copper candle holders and a collage of film-camera images from your last adventure? I know, I know, drag me out of IKEA, put me on a Pinterest detox, please!
Aside from looking fantastic, houseplants have a number of great benefits that are proven to have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. So, have a read and run to your local B&Q because you are about to receive some excellent reasons to spend all of your money on cacti. (You’re welcome.)
Studies have found that plants increase moisture and humidity in the air, both out and indoors. Because of this, houseplants have been known to decrease signs of ill-health, such as colds, dry skin and dry coughs.
Cleaning The Air
NASA have conducted research that suggests that plants can clean the air in enclosed spaces, and it has been put forward that low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide can be cleared by plants alone. Plants that they’ve noted as their “top 10” include the peace lily, the bamboo palm and the azalea.
Due to their ability to clean the air, this often aids the owner with their breathing, as the plant is detoxifiying the air around your home or workplace. A suggested and popular houseplant that has been found to do this is the orchid.
Previous studies have suggested that being in nature can improve concentration, focus, and encourage creative thinking. “Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration,” notes Texas A&M. “Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.”
This is also not just real plants. A Norwegian study suggests that even fake plants have been found to almost trick the brain into deeper concentration – but it’s always best to stay natural where possible, of course!
Improving Mental Health and Promoting Healing
I’ve often thought that people received flowers whilst in hospital as a gentle pick me up simply because they’re beautiful. However, studies have found that there is a deeper meaning behind this tradition, and some believe that plants promote healing. According to a study by Kansas State University, viewing plants after an operation has shown an improved physiological response in the time after surgery. They’ve found that this is due to a lower blood pressure, and a decrease in anxious thoughts.
So now you know more about the benefits of houseplants, you can feel guilt-free whilst throwing treasured ornaments in storage to make room for your new succulent. Fill your Instagram profile, get on a first name basis with the person at your local garden centre, enrich your life – buy all of the houseplants!
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