There are a few things we can add to our homes and workplaces to make them feel more comfortable. The pieces of furniture, type of lighting and the decor that we choose all play their part in changing the atmosphere of a space. Having said that, the beauty offered by the foliage and flowers of indoor plants tops them all. From bedrooms and kitchens to offices and lunch rooms, there’s rarely a space that indoor plants can’t alleviate.
In addition to their beauty as aesthetic appeal, plants also amazingly offer strong health benefits. There have been many studies that show that keeping indoor plants can offer both physical and psychological health benefits, leaving you happier and healthier overall. First and foremost, plants purify the air around them. Household plants have the ability to remove various chemicals from the air such as benzene and formaldehyde, and some species even have the ability to remove airborne mold. Certain types of indoor plants can help boost your mood during dark winter months. The flowers and greenery as well as certain scents such as that of winter jasmine can help those that suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. The simple presence of plants gives the feeling of being in nature, and can help you feel soothed and more comfortable. Working with plants can help reduce stress levels both psychologically and physiologically.
Some studies have shown that just the presence of plants in the workspace increases productivity and creativity. In addition to feeling less stressed when working near plants, participants worked faster than those without plants. In addition to productivity, plants can also help you sleep. In addition to the relaxing scents and air purification, certain plants such as orchids and aloe vera release oxygen at night, helping you to breathe better while you sleep. So as well as brightening up your rooms, it’s worth investing in some plants to have around you on a day to day basis. You’ll feel better for it afterward.