Improve Your Mental & Physical Health by Simply Adding Houseplants 04/15/2019 Plants are very important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, building materials, natural medicine, oh and the process of the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies highlight that indoor plants have a direct impact on our wellness. There are numerous reasons why indoor plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re better to look at and smell. Wallpaper and carpet don’t really match living things and vibrant colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its research that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a plant alive and the positive psychological effect it had in its caretaker. We learn from the research, those who share extended periods of time around plants tend to have healthier relationships with others and therefore experience increased levels of happiness. Plants Help People....Help People. A separate study found that flowering plants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, keeping flowering houseplants around the apartment and in the office potentially could significantly minimize stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who are around more houseplants are significantly more likely to help others, and usually have more advanced social relationships. People who care for houseplants are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and building mutual bonds because of their common interests. More Plants, Less Stress Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a soothing effect, and including ornamental flowering plants around the home is a great way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the happiness derived from a home or work space that has plants in it, the likeliness of suffering from stress-caused depression is lessened as well. The research supports that by having houseplants, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain. Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List Keeping ornamental houseplants in the home increases memory retention and concentration. How? The calming influence of natural environments increases a person’s ability to fixate on the task at hand. Being outside or being around plants inside your home can increase memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study concluded (Sewach). Convinced? Great. Here are some examples of great plants to have in your home: Spider Plant One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your family is going to like them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re very easy to care for, and spider plants are impressively great at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and can be put to good use in areas that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are pretty easy to care for, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not overwater, which can lead to root rot. Good for the occasionally forgetful, spider plants prefer to dry out partially between waterings. Snake Plant A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University found that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing plants. Oh by the way, ficus and pothos are other plants that made the list. One of the greatest snake plant health benefits is the plant can make small contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the most tolerant plants out there as it can go weeks of being forgotten without losing their shape and vibrantlook. It can thrive in environments with limited light and water. See any similarities with our two suggestions? If you have kid visitors, we’re hoping it will help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?