Hello friends! Recently I shared some suggestions for incorporating beautiful and easy care indoor plants into French Country, farmhouse or cottage style homes. I am really loving how just little bit of green can liven up a room!
While indoor plants are often used solely for aesthetic purposes, today I also be talking more about the actual benefits of growing plants indoors. Here are Five Reasons to Embrace Indoor Plants. *This post contains affiliate links.
1. Plants Can Improve Air Quality
It is well known that indoor plants can improve air quality. This point is particularly pertinent if you live in a large city or near a main road, as we often forget how important the quality of the air we breathe each day is to our health. For allergy sufferers, clean indoor air is even more crucial. 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 well being. They cleanse the air from toxic chemicals 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.
2. Indoor Plants (and pure plant oils) Promote Better Sleep
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. Plants can promote a sense of well-being and happiness.
Studies have found that patients in hospitals that are surrounded by flowers or have a view of a garden are more likely 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 well being, positivity and optimism. The vibrant colors, fresh scents and psychological association with celebration can be very beneficial.
Several studies have found that putting plants near your workspace (i.e. on your desk) lower 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 pharmaceuticals such as beta-blockers that are often prescribed to do the same task.
4. Grow your own kitchen herbs, fruits and veggies
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 take a step toward better health and green living. You can enjoy your own naturally grown produce, save money on groceries, and brighten up your home at the same time.
5. Growing Indoor Plants Can Be A Fun Hobby
Many indoor plants can be finicky but you can grow your own kitchen herbs indoors in the right conditions. There are so many amazing varieties of plants and indoor gardening can be just very rewarding. Some plants can live a very long time with proper care, bringing you years of beauty and enjoyment.
If you are wanting to start with something easy to grow, try herbs or succulents. I am going to pick up some rosemary and thyme at the garden center soon! What easy care plants have you had success with indoors? I love hearing from you!
Have a great weekend!