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Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are pretty important. It's not new news to say plants are vital to our survival. Let's exam: food, construction materials, medical efforts, oh and the most important of all, processing carbon dioxide and transforming it into co2. It will come as no surprise then, recent studies conclude that plants in our homes have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness.

There are many reasons why indoor plants might improve our mental health, and the most obvious is they’re nicer to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and active colors. A recent study supports this notion in its findings that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant healthy and the positive psychological effect it had in the caretaker. The researched showed, those who share extended periods of time in the presence of houseplants tend to have better relationships with friends & family and consequently experience heightened levels of happiness.

best houseplants in apartment homes 

Plants Help People...Help People

Another study found that flowering houseplants provide higher levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering plants around the home and ay work is likely to significantly lower stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around plants are much more likely to help others, and tend to have more vibrant social relationships. The logic computes, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating shared bonds because of their mutual interests.

Plants Reduce Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty can have a relaxing effect, and having ornamental plants around the home is a great way to lower stress and anxiety. As a result of the positive energy derived from a space that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is decreased as well. Collective research supports that by having plants in your home or work place, you improve your mental health by inducing peace and open spaces to your brain.

Plants Help You Remember Your Honey To-Do List

Keeping ornamental houseplants in the home improves memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments, and the calming influence created by them, increases a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Going outside or being under the influence of houseplants inside can increase memory retention as much as twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan study showed (Sewach).

Convinced? Great. Here are a couple examples of ideas for great plants to have in your apartment home:

best houseplants in apartment homes

Spider Plant

One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your kids are going to like them because umm duh, it's name, spider plant They’re very easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing allergens or mold from the air and are great options to use in places that are prone to dampness: laundry room and bathrooms. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and your spider plant will love you. Water the houseplant well but do not water it too much to the point of it becoming soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out a bit between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in houseplants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the most oxygen-producing houseplants. In case you're interested, ficus and pothos are two other plants on the list. One of the best snake plant health benefits is the plant can make ongoing contribution to remove toxic air pollutants. It can do more than produce CO too, snake plant's can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. It's one of the easiest to care for plants out there as snake plants can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and vibrantlook. They can thrive in environments with limited light and water. 

Notice a trend with our two houseplants? If you have kid visitors, we’re hopefully making it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?