12 Health Benefits Of Growing Plants In And Around Your Home

Benefits Of Having Plants In Your Home
Health And Wellness

Lovely little plants can sometimes brighten up your whole world, especially when you live inside most of the time right now. Sometimes you just need a little beauty to brighten up your day with a nice bouquet of flowers or to gift someone with flowers to make them feel a bit better.

Plants can bring you peace, intelligence, and comfort when you need it the most. When you have really bad anxiety, depression, or any other emotional disorders, plants can create a sense of calm for you.

Lots of places have started implementing plants that have health benefits in their offices. There are places that have rooms just dedicated to creating a sense of calm in like a plant jungle, so people can go and sit in the room when they are overwhelmed or full of anxiety.

Everyone needs a break every now and again. Being in one of these rooms will full of natural oxygen helps you feel better as a whole.

Even ingesting herbs like mint and basil will help you will digestive issues and it will help you calm down. Lavender and aloe are great plants to keep when you need something for stress relief and then first aid with aloe.

So, plants have multitudes of benefits, you just have to find the one that's right for your situation.

But with the thousands of species of plants out there, you have so many choices. And always look at your old wives' tales about plants, because they could point you in a great direction for relief from your ailments.

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Below is a list of plants, their uses and the many benefits of growing plants in and around your home.

You may find some relief with these plants, but if you are suffering, always talk with your doctor to find a more permanent form of managing your illnesses.

1. Houseplants can provide allergy relieving benefits.

When you have houseplants, you may notice that you have less dust — this is because houseplants are natural filters that can catch allergens and anything in the air and help filter it out for fresher, cleaner air.

Some great houseplants that are known to have allergy-relieving benefits are Chinese evergreens or peace lilies. However, violets and other plants that have textured leaves may be better to filter out any airborne particles.

Palm trees like Areca Palm, the lady palm, and bamboo palm are also commonly used in homes to help reduce allergens floating around in the air.

But watch out for any plants that produce pollen, because pollen can actually make allergies worse.

2. Plants can boost your mood.

When you have flowers in the room, they automatically make you feel better. They brighten up the room and they can make you worry less.

Having a fresh bouquet of flowers will help you have a better outlook on life — this is why flowers are commonly gifted for special occasions. According to Manic Botanic, the tradition of giving flowers as a gift is to connect and convey emotion, and there are theories out there that certain flowers mean different things.

Try growing a lipstick plant in your own home — it is always blooming, so you'll get the benefits of seeing flowers nearly year-round.

3. Houseplants are good for your skin.

Something great about houseplants, or particularly spider plants, is that they are known to boost the humidity in a room. These are great to have during the winter when the humidity is low because you have the heater on.

When the room is dry, you have greater chances of catching the flu or a cold, not to mention that that dryness also transfers to your skin too, making you itch more.

These spider plants are known to increase the humidity in a room by up to 10%, which is a lot more comfortable for us to breathe and helps us keep our skin soft and supple.

4. Air purifying plants for your home help keep your home clean.

As we well know, everything around us puts off pollutants into the air. These pollutants can build up and start to irritate our lungs, eyes and skin. People with conditions like asthma are particularly sensitive to those things floating around in the air.

That's why houseplants like English ivy, dragon trees, and asparagus ferns are great air purifiers to have in every room in your house.

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5. Growing certain plants like herbs can help with digestion issues.

You can grow herbs like mint, basil, peppermint, and spearmint right in your kitchen so that you can have them to use in your cooking — particularly when you are suffering from digestive problems.

All of these herbs can be steeped in hot water and you can drink them for specific purposes. Like mint — which can help reduce bloating, gas, and any other unsavory problems you may have after you eat.

Basil is also a great herb that's easy to grow and it can help your stomach calm down if you're suffering from something like acid reflux.

6. Anti-anxiety plants can promote rest and relaxation.

Lavender is the perfect plant for you to have in your house to relax. It's a great herbal medicine that you can use as massage oil and aromatherapy. Also, you can steep lavender leaves to make tea.

Lavender is a perfect natural herb for you to help you calm down and lower your anxiety.

7. Common plants are used for natural first-aid remedies.

Aloe vera plants are great to have in the house for home-made first aid remedies. Aloe is commonly used for treating sunburns or any other type of minor burn you may have.

It can also soothe psoriasis and other skin conditions that you may suffer from. And fun fact, aloe can help you go to the bathroom if you are constipated, and is often served as a drink you can buy at the grocery store.

8. Plants help you sleep better.

Plants naturally remove carbon dioxide from the air and produce oxygen, so when you have plants in the bedroom, it increases the amount of oxygen in your room.

Thus, when you have more oxygen in your room, you may sleep more soundly at night. Gerbera daisies are perfect, happy plants to liven up your room and to help you sleep, and lavender is commonly used in oil diffusers and pillow sprays to help you calm down before bed.

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9. House plants help reduce your stress levels.

When you are around plants, they have a calming presence. Adding a heart-leaf philodendron or a snake plant to your house will help you relax.

It's been shown that people who have these types of plants in their homes have lower blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone levels than people who did not.

10. Having plants in your home can help you focus, learn more, and work harder.

Plants can help you concentrate easier and also strengthen your memory. It's been found that plants can actually make you smarter — or at least help you remember by boosting your attention span — and that people who learn in a room with plants perform better.

So, put a bamboo palm or a golden pothos in your house and you may find that you can focus a little better.

11. Houseplants promote healing.

When you are surrounded by flowers when you are sick or hurt, you may find that you may heal faster, and research shows that you may actually tolerate pain better when you are surrounded by flowers.

So, if you know someone sick or yourself, get some peace lilies or an orchid so that you can feel better.

12. Gardening enhances your mental and emotional health.

It is believed that gardening is an effective tool to help people suffering from mental or emotional health issues. People who suffer from depression, psychiatric conditions, schizophrenia, and anxiety can find relief when they maintain a garden.

Gardening helps people improve their attention span and lessen depressive tendencies. Also, gardening therapy can be helpful for people who are recovering from traumatic experiences or those who have long term issues, such as dementia.

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Emily Francos is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.