Indoor plants not only make our house look better, they have the ability to make us feel good as well. Research shows indoor gardening can boost our mood, concentration, creativity and productivity, while reducing stress and fatigue and cleaning indoor air by removing toxins and producing oxygen, thus even promoting recovery
Clearly, plants bring home much more than simply ornamental value, as our ancestors had always known. Having plants at home creates a deep sense of bonding as we tend to them, which in turn is soothing and healing.
These are some of the inherent scientific benefits of having indoor plants in our house:
# Reduces stress: A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found plants in our home can be soothing and make us feel more relaxed and comfortable
# Makes us happier: Indoor plants can actually make us feel happier and promote a sense of well-being by replicating in some way the feeling of a walk in the park. They can alleviate mental fatigue and even improve our cognitive abilities
# Can be therapeutic: Indoor plants can also provide us with horticultural therapy by helping reduce symptoms in conditions like anxiety, depression and dementia, among others. They also help lower blood pressure and reduce muscle tension
# Improves concentration: Tending to potted plants in our home are known to increase our attention span and improve levels of concentration
# Helps in recuperation: While recuperating from a bout of illness or any medical procedure, having indoor plants around us can speed up the recovery process by generating a feel-good sensation, according to scientists
# Boosts productivity: A clutch of studies have revealed that plants around you can promote both productivity and innovation
# Improves ambient environment: Plants not only make our house look prettier and greener, they also improve indoor air quality through photosynthesis, transpiration and by increasing humidity. Indoor plants can also eliminate volatile organic compounds and clean up the air at home
# Injects positivity: Plants at home buoys us with a sense of positivity which can help make us appreciate the things in our lives and enjoy our work more
# Helps prevent allergies: Houseplants have the ability to lower the risk of allergies, particularly among children
# Antidote for cigarette smoke: Some houseplants like Peace Lily plant, can filter toxins present in cigarette smoke, thus ridding the house of smoke odours and pollutants
# Can improve indoor acoustics: Indoor plants can absorb background noise and improve the acoustics in our home. A great reason to go houseplant hunting, particularly if you are a music buff…
“The green family adds the quotient to any built space to make it more humane. The rigidity and hardness of concrete columns and beams, brick walls, plasters and various items of furniture in an enclosure is softened by adding the touch of Hooker’s Green or Viridian Hue from any foliage strategically positioned within that particular space. Apart from being an excellent natural purifier of the surrounding air, the richness of the hues and shades, changing canopy radius, varying profiles of stems and trunks make it the most effective source of live, natural art form to enhance the quality of all habitable spaces.”
--Sailangi Mukherjee, Architect and Urban Designer.
# Promotes sleep: Houseplants can help us sleep better by improving the air quality in our bedroom and producing more oxygen. So those of us with a sleep disorder can very well consider keeping potted plants in the bedroom
# Reduces headaches: Research shows that plants can help eliminate benzene and formaldehyde from the air. So, by purifying indoor air, houseplants can also combat common headaches caused by some of these impurities
# Fights common cold: Having indoor plants in our home can help us minimize chances of catching a common cold or suffering from a blocked nose significantly by increasing humidity and removing airborne dust particles.
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