5 hidden benefits to having houseplants

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You’ve worked hard to turn your house into a home, but the new-and-improved goal of 2023 is to turn your home into an oasis.

While pleasing to the eye, houseplants are also helpful to the mind, body, and spirit. Read on to discover the many benefits of adding houseplants to your soon-to-be personal retreat.

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1. Purify Your Air

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Merely walking into a room decorated with houseplants can feel like a breath of fresh air. Research confirms this isn’t just a feeling. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air is often 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air due to toxic emissions found in household items. Yet, a NASA study shows that houseplants can purify up to 87% of indoor air within 24 hours.

Plants absorb harmful toxins, leaving your air crisp and clean. Go ahead, breathe vibrant new life into your space by adding nature’s purifier. We recommend starting with one of our favorite go-to plants: The Charleston. It requires little light and water. Just know it’s not pet-friendly, so keep it out of reach from your furry friends.

Plants have been proven to clean formaldehyde, which can cause irritation to nose, mouth, and throat, from the air within a home.

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2. Increase Your Focus, Productivity, and Creativity

Whether you’re working from home, perfecting a banana bread recipe, or learning to knit, houseplants have got you covered. While they can’t taste-test that recipe or teach you a slip knot, they can increase your focus and productivity.

As plants absorb carbon dioxide, they release oxygen into the environment. Increased oxygen calms your mind so that you can focus more easily on a task. Studies also show that reminders of nature can produce the same soothing effects as a stroll through the park.

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3. Boost Your Immune System

Feeling stressed, fatigued, or sick? A new houseplant might be just what the doctor ordered. Prescribe yourself a beautiful new houseplant and feel your symptoms subside.

The purified air released by your houseplants will give you a better night’s sleep. Restful sleep enables your immune system to fight off future germs and viruses.

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4. Mental Health Benefits

Houseplants can have powerful positive effects on your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. They can help decrease symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.

Like a pet, a houseplant can give you a renewed sense of purpose.

 

Plants offer a tangible, gratifying reward: watch it grow and prosper because of your care! Feel joy by helping this otherwise defenseless organism thrive.

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5. An Act of Kindness (for Yourself or Others!)

More time spent indoors prompts a natural reprioritization of health, well-being, and connection. Now that you know that houseplants improve all three, only one question remains: Which houseplant should you get?

• Succulent: Affordable and low-maintenance, succulents are an excellent addition to any home. Add a row to your windowsill to add vitality to your space.

• Orchid: Deemed the “self-care flower,” the orchid is the perfect bedroom plant. Close your eyes and breathe in that fresh air for a restful night’s sleep, and then wake up to the sight of its beautiful blossoms.

• ZZ Plant: This Instagram-worthy houseplant requires a low-light environment and very little maintenance. The ZZ plant is a symbol of friendship and prosperity, making it an ideal gift for your loved ones.

• Pilea Plant: The Pilea plant is easy to care for and quick-growing. Feel a boost of compassion and empathy as you see your Pilea plant thrive because of your loving support.

We can deliver these aesthetically-pleasing cure-alls straight to your door. Just as each houseplant needs a carefully-crafted environment to thrive, so do you! Be sure to treat yourself with as much kindness as you show your houseplants. We’re confident that in your newly formed oasis, you’ll have no choice but to flourish.

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