Whether it’s a bland living room or boring workspace, potted plants are a safe bet if you want to jazz up interiors on a budget. Interestingly, spending a little green on greens can do wonders for your well-being as well. A significant amount of scientific evidence suggests that being around greenery can stave off stress, elevate mood and improve cognitive function, among other things. ‘Nuff said. Here are five proven reasons you need some houseplants in your life RN:
- They reduce stress and anxiety. According to a studypublished in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction with indoor plants (like touching and smelling) can reduce physiological and psychological stress. What’s more, even the potting soil can help you keep a handle on daily stress and anxiety. This is because soil contains microbes dubbed “outdoorphins” (M. vaccae) which work as natural antidepressants. “It boosts your mood by releasing cytokines, which then leads your brain to produce more serotonin. So, just by being around soil, these outdoorphins flood your body and boost your mood,” writes Joey Doherty, a Certified Wellness Counselor. Although a walk in the park would be more effective (due to increased exposure to those microbes), being around houseplants can be beneficial too. “It has also been established that plants confer positive changes in the brain’s electrical activity, muscle tension and heart activity,” notes environmental health expert Danica-Lea Larcombe, in an articlepublished in The Conversation. Place potted lavender or snake plant in your bedroom to de-stress and sleep better.
- They spruce up the air quality. According to the American Lung Association, indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outdoors. Some of the most common air pollutants include asbestos, mold, radon, formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. Exposure to these fine particles can cause dry eyes, headaches or even serious ailments like asthma. According to NASA, plants like Peace Lily and English Ivy can filter out most of these toxic fumes. They absorb these pollutants through their roots and leaves. Research also highlights that rooms with houseplants contain up to 60% less airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without any greenery.
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