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Self Care Benefits Of Indoor Plants August 31, 2018 07:42

The first time I started feeling like a responsible human was when I got my first plant. We had family pets as a child, but they were too high profile for me to be solely responsible for. My plant, however, was my own to care for and keep alive.

Just knowing that this living thing was reliant on me for its well-being made me want to step up and do my best for it. It made me feel good to ensure it was nourished, watered and trimmed.

And I loved the plant's will to thrive and grow. Even if I accidentally trimmed off too many leaves, it was always replacing them with new ones.

As an aside, my father was really cross with my mom for something I can't remember, and probably isn't important anymore. In a fit of spiteful rage, he cut off all the leaves of her favourite indoor plant right at the root, but this plant grew back voraciously and was more beautiful than ever before :)

I found this to be really profound. 

Plants always uplift the atmosphere in any room, and I thought I'd look into why.

Reducing Stress

Countless studies have shown that proximity to plants and nature increase general well-being and happiness. Since we spend so much time indoors, it stands to reason that indoor plants will help reduce stress.

Moreover,  research has shown that there are microbes in soil which are known to boost mood and reduce stress levels. Of course taking a walk in a natural setting will expose you to these microbes, but simply being near a potted plant will have a similar effect.

Improved Air Quality

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, thereby purifying the air.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in many building materials and cleaning products are the primary cause of both acute and chronic diseases.

A study conducted by NASA indicated that indoor plants can remove up to 87% of VOCs from an interior environment over a 24-hour period. 

Colour Therapy

There is a school of thought which maintains that along with blue, green is the best colour for creating a calm atmosphere. So the colour of indoor plants is believed to stimulate both the brain and the digestive system, and even reduce stress.

Psychological Benefits

Caring for plants by pruning, watering and cleaning can become very therapeutic.

Just be sure to choose the right plants for your particular environment based on the climate and amount of light in the space, or your poor plant may end up withering and dying.

 

Do you have a favourite indoor plant? I'd love to see some pictures of them in your space.

 

Sources:

https://gardencollage.com/heal/mind-spirit/houseplants-improve-mental-health/

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/03/the-surprising-mental-and-physical-health-benefits-of-houseplants

https://www.property24.com/articles/why-indoor-plants-are-good-for-your-health-and-mental-well-being/25844