Did you know that benefits of keeping an indoor plant extend far from just brightening and livening up the place? You probably do. Usually, the most often talked about benefits of indoor plants are their health benefits. However, people don’t usually know which benefits those are and that is why we are here today. We wanted to talk to you about those exact benefits, go through each and every one of them. Do they improve your mood? Do they improve your air quality? Well, let’s find out!
1. They Improve Your Mood And Mental Health
Mood and mental health are not even remotely talked about enough. We’re told to “suck it up”, “move on” or “forget about it”, when in fact, we should be dealing with our issues in a much healthier way.
One of the things that can help us deal with pressure or help us improve our mood are indoor plants. Now, we don’t mean that you should juice them, eat them or make tea from them, no. Research has shown on many occasions that being surrounded by plants and nature is beneficial to your health and we don’t just mean you should live in a cabin in the woods.
Keeping a handful of indoor plants can have that exact same effect on your mind and body.
If this seems like a reach – listen to this. The theory is that the plants make you feel like you’re spending more time outdoors than you actually are. Your mind wanders when surrounded by plants and instead of feeling trapped in the small room or an apartment – you find yourself feeling like you’re free and out in the open.
Additionally, you can’t argue that the plants don’t have a calming presence. First of all – they’re green. The colour green is as peaceful and stress-relieving as a colour could get. Furthermore, there’s just something peaceful and calming about a living being that seems unaffected by daily struggle. It’s simply there, living its best life.
Also, we can’t forget about the air quality. We’ll talk about that in just a second, but the gist of it is, plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and in return, they give us oxygen. When there’s more oxygen in the air – our body performs better. When our body performs better – our mind does as well.
2. They Help Boost The Immune System
Once again, we’re not talking about eating or drinking these plants. Your physical health can be improved just by being surrounded by plants. As we’ve said, plants can improve your mood and mental health and those two can directly affect your physical well-being.
For instance, when you’re happy and relaxed – you sleep better. We’re all aware of the various sleep benefits and one of them is the proper functioning of the whole body, including the immune system. Additionally, it has been proven on several occasions that the lack of stress makes your immune system stronger and that’s exactly what happens here.
Furthermore, some studies have shown a drop 60% drop in seasonal illnesses in the households that keep indoor plants.
3. They Help You Become More Productive
Most of us, especially nowadays that we work from home, suffer from a lack of motivation and productiveness. Office spaces are designed so that there are no distractions and so that you can keep focused on work and also, being surrounded by people that are there to do the same thing can have a positive impact on your productiveness and motivation.
On the other hand, when you work from home, it can become quite hard to try and find the motivation to work. According to Succulent Market, you can add several plants to your workplace or home office and boost your motivation and productivity just by livening up and nicely decorating the place.
You may not see how improving your workflow is a health benefit, but look at it this way – if you continuously feel unmotivated and non-productive, you can start feeling bad about yourself and end up spiralling into some serious health issues such as depression.
4. They Can Help Speed Up The Recovery Process
Did you happen to notice that most hospitals and other health facilities are usually surrounded by nature? Also, most of them try and keep a plant or two in patient’s rooms. This is not by accident. A study from the early 2000s has shown that people recovering from mild illnesses and several kinds of surgeries, who were surrounded by plants, required fewer analgesics and have recovered a lot faster when compared to the people that haven’t had any plants in the recovery room.
The research we’re talking about was done in the hospital setting, but nothing from it suggests that it wouldn’t be as effective in home conditions.
5. They Improve Air Quality
If you live in a big city, air pollution could be one of your greatest health problems. To add to the issue, the air inside your home is always worse than the one on the outside because when the pollutants come in they tend to stay in. When you put these two problems together – you get one major one.
Airing out the space is always beneficial for the air quality, but if you live in a heavily polluted area – it may not do much.
On the other hand, plants can easily restore balance and make the air you breathe much cleaner and healthier. Not only do they remove carbon dioxide from it, but plants also release certain airborne chemicals that fight the pollutants. According to various research, some indoor plants will remove almost up to 90% of all airborne pollutants, including benzene and formaldehyde.
As you can see, there are numerous health benefits to keeping a few indoor plants in your apartment or home. We’d say you should keep at least one plant per room if you have space for it. If you have room – keep more. The more the merrier. The best thing about indoor plants is that there are so many of them, you shouldn’t have any problems finding the ones that fit your décor and style, so you can be certain you’ll be both stylish and healthy.