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Studies Show Houseplants Improve Your Mental Health & Wellness

April 15, 2019

Houseplants near a couch

Plants are very important. News flash: plants are vital to our survival. Everything: food, building materials, medicine, oh and the process of taking carbon dioxide and transforming it into oxygen. It's no surprise then, recent studies conclude that household plants have a direct impact on our mental health & wellness.

There are numerous reasons why having having household plants might improve our mental health, and general consensus is they’re preferred to see and smell. Wallpaper and carpet can't compete with living things and active colors. A recent study further supports this notion in its research that there is a direct correlation between the amount of care required to keep a houseplant from dying and the positive psychological effect it had in the houseplant's caretaker. We learn from the research, those who spend extended periods of time around plants tend to have stronger relationships with friends & family and therefore experience higher levels of happiness.

best houseplants in apartment homes 

Plants Help People...Help People

A separate study found that flowering houseplants provide increased levels of happiness and therefore, placing flowering plants around the apartment home and ay work potentially could significantly reduce stress levels. Science is science. Studies have shown that people who have been around houseplants are much more likely to offer help to others, and often have more vibrant social relationships. It makes sense, people who care for plants & animals are more likely to care for others, reaching out to their peers and creating mutual bonds because of their common interests.

More Plants, Less Stress 

Natural aesthetic beauty is believed to have a relaxing effect, and keeping ornamental flowering plants around the apartment home is an excellent way to lower high levels of stress and anxiety. As a result of the happiness derived from a home that has plants in it, the possibility of suffering from stress-induced depression is decreased as well. Study after study supports that by having plants in your house, you improve your mental health by activating peace and open spaces to your brain.

Plants Help You Remember Your To-Do List

Having ornamental houseplants in the home boosts memory retention and concentration. How? Natural environments produce a calming influence which increases a person’s ability to concentrate on the task at hand. Going outside or being around houseplants inside can boost memory retention up to twenty percent, a recent University of Michigan research project reported (Sewach).

Convinced yet? Great. Here are a couple ideas for great plants to have in your apartment home:

best apartment home houseplants

Spider Plant

One of the most popular indoor botanicals is the spider plant, and your kids are going to love them because , spider plant. Best. name. ever. They’re super easy to care for, and spider plants are especially good at absorbing mold or allergens from the air and will work wonders in parts of the house that are prone to dampness: bathrooms and laundry room. Spider plants are fairly low maintenance, too. Offer them with bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water the houseplant well but do not allow it to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants are okay to dry out some between waterings.

Snake Plant

A study of CO2 conversion in plants by Harvard University discovered that the snake plant is one of the highest oxygen-producing houseplants. For those interested, ficus and pothos are other plants included on the list. One of the most important snake plant health benefits is the plant can make ongoing contribution to get rid of toxic air pollutants. Outside of CO2, they can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene; all of which are cancer-causing pollutants. Snake plants are some of the most tolerant plants out there as they can live-through weeks of neglect without losing their shape and healthylook. They can thrive in environments with limited light and water. 

Notice anything with our two plants? If you have kids, we’re trying to help it easier to get them excited! Who gets Spider and who gets Snake?