More than Just Aesthetics: 3 Health Benefits of Houseplants

August 14, 2023


Adding plants to your living space can be an excellent way to fill your home with life and natural beauty. Whether you want to create a beautiful and peaceful green space in your living room or the complexity of different plants excites you, adding plants to your home can benefit more than just the aesthetics. Here are several proven health benefits that houseplants provide:

1. Houseplants Can Remove Pollutants From Indoor Air

Adding plants to your home can work as a natural air purifier. A study from the University of Birmingham looked at three common houseplants, peace lilies, corn plants, and fern arums, and found that these plants can lower the amount of pollution in a room by up to 20%. Other plants that can help clean the air include the areca palm, the Boston fern, and the snake plant.

These plants can also rid the air of other harm, like carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, and other small particles that can get into your lungs. If you're worried about the air quality in your house, houseplants are an easy addition to combat these pollutants.

2. Houseplants Can Reduce Psychological and Physiological Stress

It's no secret that stress can have a huge impact on our lives. From sleepless nights to poor concentration, stress can take a serious toll on our physical and mental health. Fortunately, houseplants can help reduce these effects.

Studies have shown that houseplants can reduce physiological and psychological stress. This is because plants can create a sense of calm and induce relaxation. The presence of plants in indoor spaces can also help to improve mood and reduce anxiety. Additionally, plants can provide a distraction from stress and can give you something to focus on when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

3. Houseplants Can Increase Happiness

Houseplants can play a significant role in boosting your happiness and overall mood.

Taking care of them and watching them grow and thrive can bring a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. It gives you a chance to connect with nature, even in an indoor setting.

The vibrant colors and diverse shapes of houseplants can stimulate feelings of joy and creativity. They can transform a plain room into a vibrant living space, leading to increased happiness and positivity. Houseplants like lavender and jasmine even release pleasant fragrances which can also play a part in lifting your mood.

At Moorings Park® Communities, we know that gardening can benefit seniors in a wide range of ways, and we strive to provide both group and individual options for keeping up with the joy of adding plants to your living space. Contact us today to schedule a tour of any of our three communities!

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