Houseplants are making a big comeback and for a very good reason. Not only are indoor plants aesthetic, but they bring HEALTH into our home by doing nothing but sitting there. Okay, well that isn’t exactly true because they do a whole lot more then what we see and I’ll eventually get to that. While the health benefits are a huge plus, they also make our home BEAUTIFUL. They give our humble abode a personal style, that is inviting and comforting.
I’ll be the first to admit that in my earlier years, I did not have a green thumb. To the extent of it, my thumb was probably purple which is as far away from green as it gets. I’ve had my fair share of green roomates not survive the drought I bestowed on them. I am not very proud of my past greenery failures. In fact, there was probably a whole decade of my life that a plant did not live inside my home. Everything has changed now. I love plants! I love the warmness they bring to my home. I love the idea that they are cleaning my house, for FREE. Plants are awesome!
5 Benefits of Indoor Plants
1. Eliminate Indoor Toxins.
They do almost the exact opposite of us, they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. They are the perfect natural air freshener. Our homes are full of toxins from the flooring to the paint on the walls. We need indoor plants to improve our indoor air quality. They actually reduce dust! Which is not only good for our lungs, but helping out with the chores is always a bonus.
2. Improve Our Mood.
There are numerous studies concluding that plants improve our overall well-being. Some studies showed when plants are placed in higher stress environments such has where we work or in a hospital setting, they help people feel happier and more in touch with nature. They help promote feelings of tranquility and relaxation. I mean come on, has anyone ever felt stressed while touring the botanical gardens.
3. Increase Our Mental Clarity.
Plants give us a sense of calmness whether we realize it or not. When we are calm, we are able to concentrate more and be more creative. We know drinking green smoothies boost brain power, but so can having an aesthetic succulent on your desk. Depending on what plant you choose, some can give off calming aromas providing an energy boost and improving memory. We all know that a smell can recall a memory. So try to have a favorite plant at your workspace to help keep your mind sharp.
4. Boost Our Immunity.
Not only do plants act as an air purifier, but they also are a natural humidifier. Having increased humidity in your home during the winter months is a great advantage as it decreases the spread of germs. Also, keeping plants in your bedroom will increase the oxygen in the room to provide you with better sleep, thus keeping your health optimal against viruses.
5. Endless Décor Ideas
From filling awkward spaces, to having a vast array of gorgeous planters, house plants have endless possibilities to decorate your home. Adding a little “green” in any room will bring it to life. From a terrarium transformation to a floral flower power, plants just have a way of making any space feel bright and lively.
That settles it, green is definitely the new black! These gorgeous living organisms enhance our quality of life by improving our bodies and our home. Do your research to see what plants would best suit your personality and needs. My favorite indoor plants would have to be succulents, the Snake Plant and Aloe Vera. Not only are they all aesthetically pleasing, but they are very hardy and therefore very forgiving 🙂
What are your favorite house plants?