Do you want to be happier this week—without even changing your lifestyle?
A plant might be the smiling solution you’ve been looking for.
That’s right. Numerous studies have shown that having plants in your home can boost wellness, improve mood, reduce stress—and make you happier!
So why should you put plants in your home? Which plants can make your home happier?
- Helps purify the air
Plants help detoxify the air for improved air quality. NASA found that plants can reduce volatile organic compounds in an indoor landscape for improved air quality.
Clean air is the basis for health. If your air is stale, polluted, or filled with chemicals, you’ll intake those every time you breathe. These can cause low energy, fatigue, sluggishness.
Plants purify the air, which helps purify your body.
- Adds oxygen
While pulling toxins out of the air, plants also release oxygen back into the environment to further purify the space. In the process of photosynthesis, plants intake carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen.
Humans have the reverse process, though. We inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Oxygen is an essential building block of our cells, including our skin cells. The more oxygen your skin has access to, the younger and healthier you will feel.
When plants release oxygen into the air, they’re literally giving you access to fresh air that your body needs to live. Your blood and cells use this oxygen for normal functioning.
- Improves humidity
Low humidity rooms can cause poor concentration and lack of energy.
Most plants release over 95% of the water they consume. Plants release water as vapor, which enters into the surrounding air. This slightly increases the humidity of the room (without increasing the humidity too much).
Moderately-increased humidity can help improve concentration, productivity, and overall wellbeing.
Plus, added humidity in the room can help keep skin hydrated and fresh. Low humidity leads to dry, cracked skin. Higher humidity can help maintain a dewy, moisturized look.
- Minimizes stress
This stress reduction and mood improvement is likely a cause of the air purifying qualities of plants. Being surrounded by nature can actually put us in a more zen state with improved physical and mental wellbeing. The color green of your plants may also have a relaxing effect.
- Improves sleep
Plants won’t soundproof your bedroom, but they can help minimize external white noise. This reduced noise can help improve sleep quality.
If you want to absorb the most sound, put plants in the corners of your room. Noise echoes most in the corners, so the plants can help lessen the reverberations. Plus, greenery in the corner is a beautiful aesthetic!
Also, for a wonderful, soothing scent choose jasmine and lavender.
The two easiest indoor plants are the peace lily plant and the Victorian parlor palm. These thrive in low light, low moisture environments and require little maintenance. They help purify the air and better the happiness-quality of your home with very little upkeep. Other good air-purifying indoor plants include snake plants, spider plants, bamboo palms, Aloe Vera, and chrysanthemums.
Succulents are best for the bedroom. Plants intake carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the typical photosynthesis process. However, at night, most plants will reverse this process and actually take in small amounts of oxygen.
Succulents, though, continue releasing oxygen throughout the night. This means that they’re able to uninterruptedly purify the air all night long, leading to a stress-free environment and better night’s sleep.
How many plants do you need?
Plants are a natural, organic way to brighten and enliven your home. We recommend at least two plants per room. The more plants, the better!
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