Whether it be a vase full of roses or a pot of succulents, houseplants can brighten up every room they enter. Yet, they can do more than simply make your space look more attractive. In fact, houseplants have real, tangible health benefits to your mind and body.
Plants reduce stress
If you’ve ever sat in a room surrounded by plants, then you’re likely familiar with the feeling of ease that washes over you. According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, interaction with indoor plants can actually reduce our levels of stress and anxiety. One reason for this is the soil, as it contains microbes that work as natural antidepressants. Another reason is that simply being around houseplants trigger positive changes in our heart, brain, and muscles.
They improve air quality
Believe it or not, indoor air can sometimes be even more polluted than outdoor air. From asbestos to dust to radon, there are all sorts of potentially toxic pollutants floating around inside our homes. Plants, however, can help to counteract this. According to NASA research, plants can remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (pollutants) every 24 hours. They also help reduce carbon dioxide levels and replacing it with oxygen.
Plants improve focus and productivity
Do you ever find your mind wandering off when you should be working on an important project? Well, as it turns out, adding a few plants can help with that. Plants help improve our concentration and productivity on both creative endeavors and problem-solving skills. One study even found that indoor plants can boost a staff’s productivity by 15%.
They can lower background noise
This one may be a little hard to believe, but it’s true. Plants help reduce background noise from inside and outside of the house. How? The leaves on plants help to absorb, deflect, and/or refract incoming noises. Granted, while you won’t see much of a difference with just one plant in your home, you will notice a difference by adding multiple plants in high-noise environments.
Plants can add moisture in your home
Is your house constantly dry and stuffy during the winter months? Then adding some plants might help. Thanks to their photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release roughly 97% of the water they take in. By increasing the humidity of your home, you’ll be able to breathe easier throughout the day and night.
While also deterring illnesses
Adding moisture into the atmosphere has another health benefit too—it deters illnesses. Dry environments can lead to dry skin, colds, sore throats, dry coughs, and more. So, if you don’t want to be stuck in bed with a cold this winter, add a few plants around you for protection.
And increasing recovery rates
Just as plants can help deter illnesses, they can also help you recover faster if, by chance, you do fall ill. We’re not talking about medicinal plants that you ingest. Instead, studies have found that simply having a plant in the room can reduce pain, anxiety, fatigue, and blood pressure, which all ultimately reduce a patient’s recovery time.
With all of the benefits that plants can bring, you’d be crazy not to add a few to your home or office. To get started, check out some of the floral arrangements we have at Mills Florist, or give us a call at 650-326-3443 today for more information.