It is not every day that we get to experience the great outdoors. Life overwhelms us. Jobs take our time. Children demand attention. School piles on homework. It can be quite frustrating if you ever want to take a break and just get away when you have so many things to do. Fortunately, indoor plants offer respite from the stresses of daily living. But why even do so in the first place? In response, I give you 7 reasons to plant plants at home, so plant, plant, plant away!
1. Clean the Environment
Plants release water. As a result, they increase the humidity of a room; this relieves you of any respiratory stresses. If you have asthma, lung cancer, a similar ailment, or just want to breathe easier. All plants will be sure to help you out with that in one way or another, so do your body a service and get some plants. In short, plants take care of the bad air.
2. Improve Your Personal Health
Plants benefit your health in a number of ways, from cleaning up the air that you breathe to the greening up the space you live in. Life looks better when you have something green to look at. In fact, many studies show that hospital patients experience quicker recovery time with plants in the room. Even in office settings, the rate of sickness was shown to drop sometimes up to 60%.
If you get some indoor plants before you get sick, the chances of you getting sick will drop. It is guaranteed. Plants increase your optimism, boosting your immune system and improving your resistance to illness.
You are much less likely to get sick.
3. Grow Your Own Food and Save Money
As nice as it would be to have an apple tree, it is quite difficult to fit one inside your home. However, that does not mean you cannot find smaller plants for you to add some delicious produce to add to your meal. Scallions, micro greens, carrots, arugula, and ginger do not require large pots for you to grow them. Even something like a miniature lemon tree is possible inside your home.
If you did not know it already, I am kind of a health nut, so an indoor garden is something that appeals to me. If you care about your health too, then something like the plants listed above will be sure to help with your health. All they need is tender care and attention. When you grow your own food, you control the inputs and, as a consequence, the output, your health, will be all the better for it.
4. Sleep Better at Night with Some House Plants
When placed in your bedroom, plants like Jasmine, Lavender, Aloe Vera, and Gardenia have been shown to increase the quality of one’s sleep. The aroma and ambiance they give off lowers your heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels. When your body is relaxed, you can fall asleep a lot easier. And if you’re trying to get down and freaky with that significant other in your life, these plants will reduce any anxiety you might have, putting your body in the right mood.
Nothing calms the mind like a plant. They alleviate your sense of worry, emptying the mind of stresses and replacing your thoughts with moment to moment ideas. You go from living in the past or future to a sole focus on the present, slowing your mind and body down for bedtime.
5. Enlighten the Ambiance of Your Rooms
If you are ever thinking about having guests over, it will help to have some living, but non talking friends to improve the mood. A few good plants are an excellent conversation piece. “Oh, you see that succulent over there? Well, did you know you can grow a new one just from one of the leaves? I bet you did not know that.” It is good to be in the know if you want to impress your friends.
To be honest with you, I am not much of a decorator. You think my room would look as nice as this blog, but it’s just not the case. But if I throw in some plants, then “bam!” The room looks a lot better. What once appeared dead and dilapidated is now the apple of eye.
Before you had plants in your room, everything seemed devoid of color. But with some good indoor plants, bam! Now you have vibrant hues lighting up the rooms. They transform the beige, black, and white walls into orange, yellow, purple, green, and pink, bringing forth the rainbow of the natural world to shine right upon your bedroom.
6. Improve Your Personal Well-Being
In a previous article, I discussed the mental health benefits of hiking. Much like those discussed benefits, you can get similar results with an indoor garden. With some simple houseplants, you can improve your concentration and productivity (by 15%!), reduce stress levels, and boost your mood. That’s not so bad for a handful of simple houseplants? You will see results.
These plants help to clear the air of carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen. With more oxygen in the room, you are able to think clearer and plan out your day much more effectively. Think of all you can do with more oxygen in your head. Plants literally clear your head, replacing the unclean air with refreshing oxygen that stimulates your mind to action.
By having plants at home, you improve your spirituality. People came from nature and it is meant to be in our lives. Despite the technology and decadence of today, the simplicity of the natural world can bring you back to that once forgotten world of not so long ago. Connect yourself to the Earth and you can synergize your mind, body, and spirit.
7. Bring the Great Outdoors Home
This is a website designed to focus on the great outdoors, so why is this guy writing about houseplants? It makes no sense. Well, it’s not everyday you get to explore the wonders of nature, so it is a lot easier to do at home. Each plant will serve as a reminder to you of what lies beyond the front doors of your home. When you bring nature’s backyard to your living room, life brightens up a bit. Then, it is hoped, you will be inspired to take that hike you have always been thinking about and who knows where you will end up from there?
As much as I wish I could be outside and running through the trees to feel the cool breeze on my face, I do have to stay inside to type up this blog. Even though I do so, a few plants serve as a memory of all the good times I have had outside. If I get worried, that’s what I do. I just look at a plant. Ah yes! That bonsai brings back the good times of Yosemite. That was a nice day. You can experience that too.
While you probably won’t be starting your own city botanical garden, some houseplants will certainly do wonders for the ambiance of your place. When you look at a plant, you often think, “life isn’t so bad. Look at this little guy trying to make it in the world. He just won’t stop.” Water a plant and brighten your day. It is there to remind you of what lies just outside your home. Bring the outdoors home; all it takes is a bit of creativity.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please do share this article. Thank you in advance and I hope you make it a great day!