Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants 04/15/2019 Plants are extremely important. It's not new news to say plants are an essential part of our survival. Let's exam: food, construction materials, natural medicine, oh and that whole the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our wellness. There are a number of reasons why indoor plants might improve our mood, and the most obvious is they’re preferred to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and active colors. A recent study supports this notion in its report that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time with houseplants tend to have stronger relationships with other people and consequently experience increased levels of happiness. Plants Help People, Help People. Additional research found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, having flowering plants around the house and in the office potentially could significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around houseplants are significantly more likely to offer help to others, and usually have more active social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building shared bonds out of their shared interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a soothing effect, and having ornamental houseplants around the apartment home is an awesome way to decrease stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a 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 producing peace and open spaces to your brain. Houseplants Help You Remember Your To-Do List Keeping ornamental houseplants in the office increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of plants inside can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project concluded (Sewach). Are you convinced yet? Great. Here are two examples of great plants to have in your home: Spider Plant Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your kids are going to love them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re extremely easy to maintain, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing mold and allergens from the air and will work wonders in areas that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Provide them with bright, indirect light and it will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not water it too much to the point of it becoming soggy, which can lead to root rot. Even better, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University observed that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing plants. 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 get rid of 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. The snake plant is one of the low maintenance plants out there as snake plants can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. Notice a trend with our two houseplants? If you have kids, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who doesn't love plants named Spider and Snake?