Why not consider injecting some life into your home this summer by bringing the garden indoors? Not only is it extremely fashionable to have lots of deep green foliage and colourful plants around the house, there’s a number of health benefits associated with bringing the garden indoors.
With spring approaching, a lot of people will be focused on getting their garden ready for summer parties by planting beautiful flowers and tending to their lawn and looking for garden statues for sale, yet with so many benefits to bringing the garden indoors it might be worth considering making this an equal priority.
1. THEY IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
We often forget how important the quality of the air we breathe each day is to our health. There are many old wives tales about the remedial effect of some “fresh air” on our physical and emotional health but this is now being recognized within the scientific community.
Plants are a great solution for air pollution because they absorb carbon dioxide and emit the oxygen that is so vital to our survival, let alone our health and wellbeing. They cleanse the air from toxic chemical such as benzene and formaldehyde that are often found in paint and cigarettes.
Plants also raise the air’s humidity by releasing moisture vapour which can be beneficial to people with respiratory problems or who often suffer from sore throats.
Indoor plants such as jasmine, lavender, and aloe vera can increase the quality of your sleep as they are known to have a soothing effect on the body which can lower heart rate and anxiety. However, in reality, using aromatherapy oils such as lavender and jasmine as a blended massage oil or in a vaporizer might have a more potent affect in terms of helping you get a good night’s sleep.
3. THEY INCREASE HAPPINESS LEVELS
Studies have found that patients in hospitals that are surrounded by flowers or have a view of a garden are quicker to recover than those that are not in the presence of plants. In a more day-to-day sense, plants contribute to a general feeling of wellbeing and optimism. The vibrant colours, fresh scents and psychological association with celebration combine to offer a truly uplifting experience.
4. STRESS REDUCTION
Several studies have found that putting plants near your workspace (i.e. on your desk) lowers stress and fatigue; specifically, they help lower heart rate and blood pressure in a natural and holistic way. Many would agree that this is a much safer way to reduce anxiety and stress than to take medicine to do the same task.
5. THEY PRODUCE HEALTHY FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
When it comes to thinking about indoor plants, we forget that there are several plants such as tomatoes, avocados, carrots, lemons and mandarin oranges that can be grown indoors. This is a great way to boost self-esteem, eat fresh and naturally grown produce, save money on vegetables and brighten up your home.
Need ideas where to start? Check out my 5 Houseplants You Won’t Kill
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