The Power of Houseplants

How houseplants encourage a sound body and mind

If you have plants and a library, you have everything you need. – adapted from Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

plants on bookcaseNothing adds more beauty to your home or office than the lush green leaves of a houseplant. They can elevate any space, be it a bookshelf, bar cart, or office cubby; every space can be a plant stand. Bringing plants into your home can be pleasing to the eye, but did you know they have other benefits? Multiple studies have proven that houseplants keep you healthier and happier, offering many health benefits. Here are a few ways you can benefit from an indoor sanctuary.

Reduce Stress

Everyone knows that plants help improve air quality but also have other benefits. Studies show that people that have houseplants experience significantly fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression than those who don’t have any houseplants. They found that working with plants could reduce both physiological and psychological stress. My weekly routine of watering my plants every Sunday makes me slow down, take a few deep breaths, and focus on what I’m doing. This calming effect is essential to my overall well-being.

Mood Booster

woman holding houseplant We all experience a low mood occasionally, leaving us looking for a solution. But look no further; houseplants for the win! After coming home from a long day, seeing my plants, admiring their leaves and flowers, touching them, and maybe even talking to them is an instant mood booster.

Brighten Your Home or Office

Plants can be a simple and inexpensive way to bring life and joy into your home or office. They can add life and color to any space. If your home or office feels drab, consider one or more colorful houseplants to brighten it up. Green plants are traditional favorites, but you can always switch things up with pops of color from plants. My favorite plant that adds a pop of color is the Stromanthe Triostar, with variegated foliage shades of cream and pink with burgundy underneath. It brightens up any room.

Indoor plants serve a practical and aesthetic purpose and will enhance your life. Adorn your windowsills with succulents, drape vibrant macramé hangers from curtain rails, or try something big and bold like the gorgeous Monstera. Start small, and you’ll soon become so addicted to plants that you’ll have a full indoor sanctuary.

 

This is the first of a three-part series on houseplants.

 

 

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