Science tells us indoor plants can reduce stress, anxiety and more

Looking to revitalise your living space? Indoor plants are a quick and easy way to get a whole new look and can be great for your health.

Thanks to that handy old thing science and a significant amount of scientific evidence, we now know that indoor plants can provide a variety of health benefits including helping with stress and anxiety, improving mood and cognitive function, and improving air quality.

Indoor plants can fill corners, add vibrancy and reduce stress

Indoor plants can reduce stress and anxiety

A study from the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that interacting with plants, including touching, smelling, and even gardening in general, can help to reduce physiological and psychological stress. Apparently, soil plays a key part in this, containing microbes that work as natural anti-depressants when exposed to them while gardening.

Indoor plants can improve air quality and act as a natural humidifier

Indoor plants do so much more than look pretty. They can actually improve air quality and act as a natural humidifier in the home. This is an amazing and effective way to remove some of the pollutants found in indoor air, such as asbestos, mold, benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, all commonly found in our homes. Certain indoor plants, like English Ivy and Mother In Law Tongue, absorb these harmful pollutants through their roots and leaves, giving you cleaner indoor air with fewer pollutants. Plants also release moisture through their leaves, particularly plants like ferns, giving a natural humidifier effect.

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Mother In Law Tongue – Great for air purifying benefits

Indoor plants can enhance cognitive skills and improve your mood

Studies have shown that keeping indoor plants around the home can improve mood, and cognitive skills including productivity, problem solving and creativity. Further research has shown that being around indoor plants can improve memory retention and concentration, so perhaps we should all have more pla

nts in the workplace too. Indoor plants can also help improve your overall mood, which explains why so many of us feel calmer around nature and greenery.

Indoor plants look great in the home, and with all these added benefits, it just makes sense to incorporate greenery into the home.

 

2 thoughts on “Science tells us indoor plants can reduce stress, anxiety and more”

  1. Great post! Keeping plants in your home can lead to all sorts of great benefits for you health. Also – the last image on the page is displaying super zoomed in so it’s not really legible.

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