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How Houseplants Improve Mental Health

In uncertain times, it is normal for our attention to shift to the “bigger picture”. Large-scale issues in current politics, social and economic concerns, and the environment dominate our thoughts, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly if we are taking action, participating in democracy, and working to create change. It is all too easy to neglect self-care, or even see it as selfish, when the world at large seems to be hurting so much– but it is equally vital for us to take care of our bodies and minds.

In order to engage in the world in a direct and practical way, it is essential that we stay healthy and grounded.

Some of the most dangerous threats to our health, such as chronic inflammation, higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and decreased rates of neurogenesis, can be reduced by lowering stress levels. You might think: easier said than done, but there are endless ways to do so, some of which are surprisingly simple.

Countless studies have shown that human beings are healthier and less stressed when they are in close proximity to a plant: houseplants, science shows, increase general wellbeing and happiness.

They Clean The Air

On a purely physical level, plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, improving our indoor air quality. Certain plants are capable of removing heavy metals and other toxins like formaldehyde from the air.

They also release water vapor through a process called transpiration, which can act as a natural humidifier and remedy for dry skin, sore throats, and dry coughs. A study of patients recovering from abdominal surgery even showed that those who had plants in their hospital room needed less medication and recovered more quickly.

Orange Tree, Chinese lace trees, succulents, philodendron, and aloe vera are all great, low-maintenance, non-allergenic options for the best air purifying plants.

They Reduce Anxiety

Naturally, the physical effects of these benefits translate into psychological ones. When oxygen levels increase, a person’s anxiety levels are reduced. Research has shown that anxiety and depression are linked to higher levels of toxins present in most households, and that these conditions can improve when an air cleaning plant is introduced into the environment. Potted