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Houseplants Equal Improved Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are extremely important. It’s no secret plants are an essential part of our survival. Think about it: food, construction materials, natural medicine, oh and the process of 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 many reasons why household plants might improve our mood, and an unmistakable reason is they’re nicer 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 its caretaker. We learn from the research, those who have extended periods of time with houseplants tend to have stronger relationships with others and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness.

best apartment home houseplants 

Plants Help People, Help People

Another study 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 almost always more likely to offer help to others, and often have more active social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building mutual bonds out of their shared interests.

More Plants, Less Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a soothing effect, and keeping 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 likelihood of suffering from stress-related depression is decreased as well. The 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.

Houseplants Help You Remember Your To-Do List

Having ornamental houseplants in the home increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Going outside with nature or being under the influence of plants in your house can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project concluded (Sewach).

Convinced? Great. Here are a couple ideas for great plants to have in your home:

best apartment home houseplants

Spider Plant

Spider plants are a very popular indoor botanicals, and your friends are going to enjoy them because it has a cool name, spider plant They’re very 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: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty low maintenance, too. Give 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 partially 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 two other plants on 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 absorb 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 most tolerant plants out there as snake plants can live-through weeks of neglect without losing neither shape nor healthy look. It can thrive in environments with minimal light and water. 

See any similarities 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?