Houseplants are the closest thing we have to real-life magic. They look beautiful, and they have numerous mental and physical health benefits. It makes sense that indoor plants are taking social media by storm.
Even people without green thumbs can find a piece of nature that suits their home. So what are some of those advantages you can start enjoying immediately?
Read on to discover five exciting benefits of having indoor plants!
1. Beautify Your Home
Plants are beautiful, and they can accessorize your home — instantly adding a touch of serenity to any room. You can find species with unique foliage or stunning blossoms. Like clothing, there’s a plant to suit every style.
Your living decor is an expression of your personality and taste. Choose indoor greenery that fits your lifestyle and needs. One bonus is that you’ll have a chance to choose cute pots and macrame hangers. And let’s not forget the adorable glass misters and stands!
Plant life will shoot your Instagram worthiness through the roof, and it’s easy to get hooked. You might start with only one seedling on the shelf, but before too long, that room will transform into a lush garden.
It happens to the best of us — who can resist adding one more? After all, they are good for you!
2. Clean the Air
Much like having an air purifier, houseplants strip away toxins from the air.
They release oxygen, and some even increase the moisture levels in your home. You’ll benefit from indoor plants if you have allergies because the leaves can trap airborne particles like dust and mold.
Research shows at least 50 common indoor plants can remove pollutants effectively. However, recognize that a single seedling can only filter so much, so the more you own, the greater the purifying potential.
Keep pollen in mind when choosing your new piece of greenery, or else it may upset your sinuses and other senses — doing more harm than good.
3. Increase Your Confidence
Caring for plants will increase your quality of life. They offer a source of unique companionship, and you will have a sense of accomplishment from caring for them. You’ve heard at least one person refer to them as plant babies, right?
So honestly, what can boost your confidence more than successfully caring for a living thing?
Indoor plants that will survive neglect and are perfect for beginners include:
- Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
- Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Succulents and cactuses
- Dragon tree (Dracaena draco)
Houseplants can also make an unfamiliar space feel more like home. Horticulture provides a sense of control, which is beneficial for anyone transitioning to a new area. This makes seedlings the perfect housewarming gift!
A personal plant may also make the move a little easier for students going off to college or older adults moving into a nursing facility.
4. Promote Healthy Thoughts
Plants have been proven to help with depression and anxiety. Gardeners work with their hands, and watering and repotting your beauties provides tasks to focus on.
Studies show that active interaction with houseplants can reduce physiological and physiological stress by promoting relaxed, calm and natural feelings.
Patients in the hospital experience lower blood pressure and heart rates, with reduced fatigue and stress, when a plant lives in their room.
5. Improve Your Productivity
Keeping living greenery on your desk will help increase productivity and concentration by up to 15%.
Indoor plants brighten up your day by adding a bit of color to even the dreariest setting. Employees will experience less worry and will feel happier coming into work. The greenery will personalize your workspace, making it more inviting.
6. Add to Your Cooking
An indoor herb garden can beautify the kitchen and flavor your food. Popular seasonings like basil, chive, parsley, oregano, mint and cilantro can all grow in your home.
Enjoy the taste fresh spices bring to your meals and never have to worry about using store-bought herbs again. Best of all, if you want to get fancy, you can dry the herbs and grind them into powder to have dried seasonings too!
Bring the Outdoors In
After reading about all the fantastic benefits of having indoor plants, are you ready to get started?
Gardening, like any other activity, gets easier with practice. If your plant dies, just try again with a new plant. A little bit of research will help you learn all about your new plant baby’s needs.
As the foliage grows, move them to larger pots so the roots have space to spread. Now you are all set to enjoy the jungle!