We all know that houseplants are beautiful. For me, I fell in love with beautifully potted plants in my grandmother’s home in the 80s. She filled her home with begonias and had a giant fern that thrived in her blue tiled bathroom. At 39 years of age, I now find myself surrounded by over 120 houseplants, and apparently I’m not the only one.
The recent revival in the houseplant lovers lifestyle via social media has us seeking out and collecting a more diverse selection of potted friends. Having a house full of plants is a connection to my grandmother and an emotionally satisfying hobby. I love the feeling of calm that comes from watching a plant thrive and grow in my home.
If you’ve been thinking about how you’d like to bring more plants into your life but aren’t quite sure, here are a few reasons how having plants can impact your life:
Plants in your home convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. Did you know that houseplants act as natural air purifiers? They have the ability to cleanse the air of toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene, which are usually found in paint, cigarette smoke, and solvents. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% of our toxins in 24 hours. The golden pothos is a wonderful plant for beginners and makes the NASA list for its ability to clear formaldehyde from the air. Try adding one to your kitchen or living room; these are especially lovely as a hanging plant. They grow easily in cool temperatures and will do well even with low levels of sunlight.
Plants have been known to reduce stress! Studies have shown that houseplants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15%, reduce stress levels, and boost your mood. Caring for a living thing gives you a sense of purpose and is rewarding when you see it thrive and bloom. According to a study from the University of Michigan, just being around plants can increase memory retention by 20%. And, although it may seem like a cliché, studies show the viewing plants during recovery from surgery can lead to significant improvement in patients. Studies have found that patients in hospitals whose rooms have garden views had greater chances of recovering than those who had no view of nature.
Being surrounded by plants can lead to a general feeling of well-being, leaving people more inspired and optimistic about life. According to Texas Agriculture & Medicine University, individuals who spend extended lengths of time around plants and who care for plants are much more likely to be helpful and demonstrate more compassion for others.