Receiving and giving a fresh bouquet of flowers makes you feel fantastic, does it not? But did you know that houseplants can also give you that great feeling? Surrounding yourself and your loved ones with indoor plants provides many health benefits, such as reducing stress, boosting your mood, and improving productivity and creativity.
Is this plant magic? While we do believe plants are magically beautiful, there are multiple explanations on how indoor plants boost your mood. Experts believe that humans are hard-wired to connect with nature and other positive life-forms, making us feel good when we do so. Benefits of surrounding yourself with indoor plants are:
- Experiencing a mood boosting effect
- Improved productivity, concentration and creativity
- Reduced stress effects
- Reduced complaints such as feeling fatigued, sore throats and colds
- Cleaner indoor air
- Reduced noise levels
- The possibility to create more privacy
By choosing for air purifying plants, plants can also improve your indoor air quality. Purifying plants remove pollutants and toxins from the air while also boosting the oxygen levels, resulting in easier to breathe air. But it does not end there, scientist say, that being around plants also has great effect on your mood, reduces stress, relieves aches and pain and can even improve concentration.
Start boosting your mood and happiness, increase your number of indoor plants and start benefiting from the following physical and mental benefits.
Physical benefits of indoor plants in your home or office
- Purified air
One of the best known and undisputed benefits of having houseplants is their ability to purify air. Pollution levels on the planet are rising and if you live in a busy, dense city, you can encounter polluted air various times a day. Everyone, even if you’re a healthy person, can experience health impacts from polluted air including respiratory irritation and breathing difficulties. Indoor plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, improving our indoor air quality.
- Reduced blood pressure
Studies on houseplants found that they have positive benefits on our health. During some of these studies they even found that when patients were in a room with houseplants, their blood pressure lowered. High blood pressure can lead to some very serious health conditions.
- Reduced pain
As mentioned earlier, having indoor plants can reduce physical pain. Patients who had houseplants in their hospital rooms reported feeling less pain, fatigue, and anxiety complaints compared to others who did not.
- Prevent illness
Next to reducing pain symptoms, plants also help you prevent getting sick by the increase air humidity indoors. While increased humidity might not sound that attractive, it has been proven to decrease the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Also, research reveals that the higher the humidity, the smaller the chance of survival and transmission of the flu virus.
Mental benefits of indoor Plants in your home or office
- Increased productivity
Placing houseplants in your home doesn’t only purify the air and reduces your chance to get sick, but also increases your productivity. Studies indicate this has probably something to do with indoor plants helping to release endorphins in your brain. These hormones promote greater focus and energy.
- Improved mood
Exposure to nature makes us happier. By going on a walk and completely immersing yourself into nature, you engage more with your senses. While you may not be able to install a full forest into your home, adding in some houseplants can boost that positive link with nature.
- Reduce stress
Study have shown that placing indoor plants in an office had great effect on the stress levels of employees. This effect, of reducing your stress levels, can also work when placing more indoor plants in your home. Some plants also release the natural chemical medicine called Phytoncide, which has proven stress relieving results.
- Having a hobby
Having an active hobby helps to occupy the mind. When you enjoy tending your plants endorphins are released in your brain. This can help with conditions like anxiety and depression.
- Providing purpose
Studies have also shown that the relationship between a plant and its human caretaker can result in positive feelings of empowerment. With a home plant, you will have something to look after. This responsibility, of having something you can nurture and grow, can boosts a person’s confidence.
- Reduced anxiety
As mentioned before a plant as a hobby can help with reducing anxiety. But there is more; having indoor plants will increase your indoor oxygen levels. When oxygen levels increase, a person’s anxiety levels are reduced. Research has shown that anxiety and depression are linked to higher levels of toxins present in most households, and that these conditions can improve when an air cleaning plant is introduced into the environment.
At Plaza Hollandi we have the perfect collection of plants that look beautiful and will definitely boost your mood. Check out our Indoor Plant Collection or browse our Instragram for more inspiration. What is your favourite indoor plant?