House plants sound like this nouveau thing, but it’s actually been around for centuries. Greeks and Romans would bring plants inside their homes, and Victorian-era folks did the same. Today, we have all sorts of indoor plants at our disposal, but did you know they do more than just make your home feel alive? There are some real health benefits to houseplants, and you should know about them.
Why grow houseplants?
Houseplants can make your home look and feel alive. It’s hard to get outside as much as we’d like, especially during the cold months. Indoor plants offer some life and naturalness without having to leave your home. But there are more practical health reasons as to why you should grow houseplants.
- They help with breathing – We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants increase oxygen levels through photosynthesis which helps us breathe.
- Help deter colds and other minor ailments – Through a process called transpiration, plants increase the moisture inside your home which helps with subtle ailments like dry skin, colds and sore throats.
- They keep the air clean – Studies by NASA has proven that plant leaves and their roots can remove harmful vapours from the air.
- Plants improve concentration and memory – While there’s still not an exact science as to why the presence of nature improves our concentration and even our productivity, it does.
Specific health benefits of houseplants
Some houseplants offer specific health benefits that can improve your daily life. Let’s breakdown a few health categories and the plants that fit under those designations. A quick note before we get into this section: please make sure that you consult with a doctor before adding plants into your routine. The following are suggestions based on our research but shouldn’t be taken as any kind of professional health advice. Got it? Ok, let’s go.
House plants with healing properties
- Aloe Vera — helps heal burns, reduces skin inflammation and helps with digestion
- English Marigold — can help ease the pain of something like an insect bite
- Ginger — helps with digestion and inflammation
- Ashwagandha — can be beneficial for those suffering from anxiety and fatigue
- Gotu-Kola — this plant helps with memory and overall cognition
House plants that help you sleep
- Areca Palm
- Bamboo Palm
- English Ivy
House plants that help with stress
Taking care of plants matter just as much
While you should take some time when choosing which plants could help give your home a healthy boost, there’s also a more simple approach. Research published in the Journal of Psychological Anthropology showed some interesting results. Their tests showed that “active interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress.”
Think about that. Just interacting with nature can be soothing and make you feel less anxious. The care involved in planting, watering and nurturing your plants is healing in itself. What a beautiful concept.
If you’ve ever taken care of a plant before, you know it takes some commitment to master caring for house plants. You have to know how much sun it needs, where in the house is best to place it so it grows, how often to water your plants and other variables that go into raising a living thing. It’s good to know that through all that care, your plants are giving you something in return.
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