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5 Ways Houseplants Boost Your Health

October 9, 2012

Spending time in nature is one of the most relaxing and health-promoting activities we can enjoy. The peace and quiet, greenery, and fresh air have a powerful way of rejuvenating the mind and body. But what happens if you live in a mostly urban environment, or have little time to get outdoors?

Embellishing your home or office with houseplants is the next best thing! Easy to care for indoor plants like bamboo, Chinese evergreen, or philodendrons can flatter your living space while also supporting overall health.

Here are 5 ways that houseplants can enhance your quality of life:

Clean air. Many common houseplants have a filtration effect, removing airborne contaminants, allergens, and carbon dioxide from the air, while simultaneously releasing oxygen. Higher air quality purifies the blood, strengthens the immune system, and promotes healing.

Humidity. Plants control humidity levels, keeping them within the optimum range for human health, which is especially important for healthy skin and lungs. Appropriate humidity also preserves your home by preventing cracks in wood, minimizing static electricity, and lowering your energy bill.

Good mood. Plants increase dopamine production in the brain, which contributes to feelings of happiness, enhanced cognitive ability, and even heightened creativity. This result of improved psychological well-being is especially beneficial for the workplace, where plants have shown to increase productivity while reducing stress.

Pleasant space. The addition of plants can instantly ‘brighten up the room’ due to their cheerful - and often interesting - color, shape, and texture. Having vibrant, healthy plants also means that you are literally adding life to a physical space. The combination of these two factors creates a visually appealing environment that enlivens the spirit.

Relaxation. The mere presence of plants reminds us of the comfort and ease of being in nature, which results in lower blood pressure, a calm nervous system, and hormonal balance. Plants that don’t require sunlight can even be kept in the bathroom to create a soothing spa-like atmosphere.

How do you use plants in your home and workspace?