With a near-endless option of varieties and the ability to instantly elevate any room, it’s easy to fall in love with houseplants. They’re the only element of home décor that’s interactive, alive, and ever-changing.
These reasons alone have been enough for houseplants to become a staple of the home for centuries, but there’s a few more hidden benefits to houseplants that we’d love to highlight in celebration of National Houseplant Day.
Houseplants provide a natural way to de-stress.
Most zones don’t allow for year-round planting, leaving gardeners frozen-out from a great source of stress relief. Rather than letting steam build up for months on end, caring for houseplants can prove to be a wonderful alternative form of relaxation and beautification.
It’s not all that surprising, but it is science-backed! Studies suggest that working with plants indoors can lower blood pressure and contribute to soothed, natural feelings.
They cheer up entire rooms.
Did you know that the average person spends about 87% of their time indoors?
Us gardeners might fare a bit better than the average person, but it’s safe to say that most people are greenery-deprived.
Whether it’s the office or the living room, indoor plants are a great way to add life and beauty to an otherwise static environment. With so much time spent in the same few rooms, we owe it to ourselves to make them as hospitable as possible. Indoor greenery is a must, as it’s been shown that “decorative objects are not as effective as plants in improving people’s perceptions of a room”.
They help clean our air.
It’s common knowledge that plants provide us with the oxygen we need to survive, but we also have them to thank for removing harmful compounds from the air we breathe. Volatile organic compounds are often more concentrated indoors than out, and houseplants act as a filter to lower the level of these compounds.
A few minutes of attention here and there is all it takes to keep an entire living room of greenery happy and healthy. While some varieties of houseplants can be finicky in care requirements, our line of Leafjoy™ H2O™ plants are supremely easy to care for and only require topping off with water when they get low.
Whether you're in need of a mid-winter mood lift or simply want to add some color to a room, try keeping a houseplant near. Not only do they come with a fantastic array of hidden benefits, they're gorgeous too!
Sources used for this post can be found below:
- Klepeis, Neil E, et al. “The National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS): A Resource for Assessing Exposure to Environmental Pollutants.”
- Lee, Min-sun, et al. “Interaction with Indoor Plants May Reduce Psychological and Physiological Stress by Suppressing Autonomic Nervous System Activity in Young Adults: A Randomized Crossover Study.”
- Lohr, Virginia I., and Caroline H. Pearson-Mims. “Physical Discomfort May Be Reduced in the Presence of Interior Plants.”
- Orwell, Ralph L., et al. “Removal of Benzene by the Indoor Plant/Substrate Microcosm and Implications for Air Quality.”