5 Benefits of Indoor Plants

Did you know indoor plants offer a whole lot of health benefits? Yes you heard it right, they not only uplift the overall appearance of a space, but also shown to have some profound benefits on your mental as well as your physical wellbeing.

Have you ever felt extremely happy and at peace when you're in a room full of plants? Well it's probably because of the fact that you're surrounded by greenery. Living in a household with indoor plants offers plenty of benefits that you probably never knew.

In this article, let us see five benefits of indoor plants:

1.Reduces stress levels- One of the best activities to reduce stress is gardening. According to some research, having indoor plants or growing them from scratch at home has shown to decrease stress and anxiety. Some stress-relieving plants are- chamomile plant, lavender plant, peppermint plant, aloe vera and basil plant.

2.Uplifts mood- Besides reducing stress, indoor plants are known to boost your mood. According to some studies, when you are in an atmosphere with a lot of greenery, you feel extremely relaxed and happy, this is because of an increase in the level of dopamine. Plants that trigger happy mood are- geraniums, roses, peace lily, orchids, and sweet pea

3.Boosts productivity- one of the lesser known benefits of indoor plants is it helps in increasing the level of concentration, which further helps in more productivity. Studies have shown that people who work in an environment with plants have shown to perform extremely well at work. Not just productivity, but they also enhance creativity. Snake plant, spider plant, weeping fig and phalaenopsis orchid increase productivity.

4.Air purifier- Research shows that the soil and roots of houseplants decrease the level of volatile compounds like acetone, benzene and formaldehyde. All of these compounds are harmful for our respiratory system. Plants also take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which is essential for a healthy living. Plants that are excellent air purifiers include - English Ivy, peace lily, chinese evergreen, bamboo palm and Chrysanthemum.

5.Therapeutic healing powers- Indoor plants are shown to have some amazing therapeutic healing powers. Patients who have undergone a surgery recover faster when they are kept in a room filled with greenery. Indoor plants help in lowering blood pressure, fatigue and pain. List of plants with therapeutic healing powers- ginger, english marigold, snake plant, passion flower, and ashwagandha.

If you have never invested time and money on indoor plants, then now is the best time to do so. Afterall sharing your living space with other living plants will indeed make your environment a healthier and happier place.

-Akhila
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