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What are The Health Benefits of Keeping Houseplants

Having greenery inside your house as interior design, such as hanging plants, succulents, and leafy vines, can be soul-cleansing and refreshing your eyes. While proving to be aesthetically pleasing and turning your living space into a Pinterest recommendation, plants can offer substantial health benefits, both psychological and physical, and to some levels, also spiritual.

Studies have shown that indoor plants can boost your mind, productivity, and concentration levels and reduce stress and fatigue. Social media now feeds on greenery-inspired interior designs, plant-based podcasts, and online plants subscription services such as Grounded.

Here’s how plants help you to live healthier and happier:

Indoor planting helps to reduce stress levels

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Indoor planting can lower the stress responses in people. Since maintaining and keeping these living things fresh and alive is a commitment, it acts as therapy and helps people forget about their troubles and stressful tasks that occupy their minds.

The more love and care you show in your plant, the better they grow, giving you a sense of accomplishment. Studies have also shown that fresh colors such as green clear up the mind and let you forget about everything else. A touch with nature every day can do wonders for your well-being because green spaces reduce mental fatigue, increase relaxation and improve your cognition system, which automatically gives you a calming effect.

Indoor planting helps to clean the air

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Plants help get rid of common toxins and indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. These gases are known as “off-gas pollutants”, typically found in homes, schools, and offices. NASA recommends having 15 to 18 houseplants on a 1,800 square foot radius for effective air cleaning.

However, the ability to clean the environment mainly varies on the plant, more specifically the size of the plant, the size of the indoor space, level of air pollutants and toxins in the air and the health of the plant. To allow your plants to perform their best and help you breathe clean, you must first clean off the dust and first on leaves and let your plants soak in natural sunlight from time to time.

Indoor plants sharpen your attention

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The presence of indoor plants can not only soothe and restore your mind but also increase your work performance, staff well-being, and sickness levels, especially in an office space. Plants act as a connection between nature and living things that run in your DNA, bringing out the innate human connection with flora and fauna.

This is called the “Biophilia Hypothesis”, which suggests that human beings possess a natural tendency to seek connection with other forms of life such as plants, animals, and birds. This hypothesis is becoming more relevant and essential as people are finding themselves more around technologies and artificial products that don’t connect them with the natural world. For instance, checking out the plants and the greenery in parks refreshes your soul while scrolling through your phone constantly leads you from one thought to another.

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