Houseplants are more than aesthetically pleasing. They actually enhance your health!
You’ve likely heard that trees release oxygen and carbon dioxide. Well, so do plants. This natural process actually cleans the air you breathe by removing unwanted toxins that enter your body via your airways. In a study published in 2015, researchers found that “active interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress...This is accomplished through suppression of sympathetic nervous system activity and diastolic blood pressure and promotion of comfortable, soothed, and natural feelings.” This research among others suggests that a house plant can in fact improve blood pressure, boost mood, decrease stress, enhance production and improve concentration. The benefits of house plants also make them worth considering as an addition to your office.
Here are a few houseplant ideas to help you get started.
Due to lavender’s calming benefits, this plant is ideal for rooms you wish to rest and relax in like your living room or bedroom. Take note though, lavender requires ample sunlight and should be placed in window facing lots of sun! Read more.
This common, easy-care succulent is well known for its healing abilities. Aloe houseplants do require lots of sun but very little watering. Plant small to medium pots of your aloe plant and do not hesitate to replant any extra growth in its own pot, then place it on your kitchen window sill or your office desk.
Luckily the name of this house plant does not refer to its likeness to the animal, rather it offers beautiful, robust leaves to gaze upon. The snake plant is plainly revered as one of the top houseplants in the horticultural world. The reason being, this plant is among one of the most efficient toxin reducers and oxygen producers. Place your snake plant in indirect light in your home and watch it grow.
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– Casey Edmonds, CHWC, CPT, CMS
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