(WellnessPursuits.com) – Houseplants can instantly transform your home into a luxurious, lush retreat that you never want to leave. And, while you’re enjoying all the beauty, texture and color that indoor plants bring, they will be busy improving your health behind the scenes. Here are 5 benefits to having more plants in your home.
1. Cleaner Air
Plants are much more than a pretty addition to your home. They are living indoor purifiers. The leafier, the better. Not only do your plants absorb carbon dioxide and provide oxygen, they can also absorb volatile organic compounds and indoor air pollutants, all of which can make the air you breathe healthier and purer.
2. Reduced Stress
Simply gazing at the lush leaves of an indoor plant can lower your stress level. The effect is even greater if you stop to take a few minutes to engage with or care for your plant. A Japanese study showed that people were less stressed and fatigued after taking a quick plant break at work.
3. Boosted Productivity
Keeping plants in whatever space you use to get things done, you can increase your productivity by 15%, according to a study released by the University of Exeter. How? Greenery makes you feel better, increases engagement, improves concentration and generally makes you feel good about life. It may even help you make better and quicker decisions, according to a Dutch study.
4. Reduced Noise
Do you love a calm, quiet home? Plants can help. The fleshy leaves, stems, branches and bark of indoor plants are great sound absorbers. They reduce vibration and deflect sound, much like soft carpeting, heavy curtains and soft furniture. They also reduce echo.
Pruning, watering, feeding and taking care of plants is therapy — real therapy. It’s called horticultural therapy, and it’s been shown to improve mental health conditions, such as depression, PTSD, anxiety and substance abuse disorders.
How many plants do you have in your home? Chances are, there’s room for a few more. Not only are they beautiful, plants are natural air purifiers. They keep you focused, alleviate stress, reduce noise and act as a therapeutic distraction.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Pursuits!
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