As we continue living in lockdown, with possibilities of long weeks ahead of us, one way to raise your spirits is to welcome outdoors indoors with house plants.
They don’t just bring an aesthetic look into your home but hold multiple positive health and psychological benefits. According to Healthline, houseplants help reduce stress, boost your mood and improve productivity. Simply taking care of them can be therapeutic.
If you are new to gardening or caring for your house plants, here are five top benefits of caring for your house plants.
Help reduce stress and anxiety
Simply being in nature, surrounded by trees and plant improves concentration, memory and productivity. Caring for a house plant might not be the same as walking through a forest but by introducing plants into your home can help you relax at the end of the day.
Aloe Vera has proven to remove harmful chemicals from the air and can help reduce anxiety.
Improve air quality
According to RHS Garden data suggests that every year over 4 million people worldwide die prematurely due to indoor air pollution. Indoor pollution is a mixture of outdoor derived compounds, such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, with indoor derived compounds, such as Volatile Organic Compounds; most commonly detergents, paints and fungal spores and bacteria.
If you do decide to purchase houseplants to freshen the air naturally, a ficus tree can effectively at cleanse your home.
Boost your mood in winter
The winter season can be difficult especially when coupled up in your house during a lockdown. Introducing greenery and flowers can boost your mood and bring positivity into your home.
A Monstera plant is not simply Instagram worthy but helps in boosting moods and creating a relaxing home environment.
Improve concentration and productivity
High levels of Carbon Dioxide can make it harder to concentrate, think clearly, and make decisions. The oxygen generated by indoor plants helps balance the levels of carbon dioxide in our bodies. Introducing greenery helps with completing daily tasks with greater accuracy, memory and attention span.
The Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide.
Improves quality of sleep
Sleep plays a valuable factor in our everyday life. Having a plant in your room can provide you with two benefits; purifies and absorbs the toxins in a room and a relaxing fragrant such as jasmine and lavender has been shown to calm nerves and help people sleep.