18 Feb Fight the doom and gloom of our gray winter days with indoor plants!
The excitement of the holidays is over, most people have given up on their New Year’s resolution, and we are all stuck inside. February has brought with it some very cold days, and our moods have the ability to fall right along with the temperatures. What is our fix for all of this gloom? Buy a houseplant or a whole new backyard, but let’s start with the plant to brighten your days indoors! Studies show that houseplants can boost your mood, so it is no surprise that houseplant purchases soared in 2020. Here are some benefits that houseplants bring you.
- Working with plants can be therapeutic and has started being prescribed to those dealing with depression and anxiety as a form of horticulture therapy.
- Indoor plants have been shown to improve moods by reducing stress and anxiety level. Plants improve indoor air quality by absorbing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene found in human-made materials.
- Plants release 97% of the water they take in, which increases the humidity of a room, making it feel warmer in that room.
- Increased humidity from the plants can ease respiratory ailments from dry air.
- Houseplants act as natural filters catching allergens and other particles in the air, showing some allergy relief.
Phytoremediation, the word used by NASA to describe plants cleaning contaminants from the air. NASA recommends a minimum of 15-18 plants for a 1,800 sqft house to start seeing health benefits. NASA ranked some of the best plants for air filtration to be Ivys, Pathos, Spider Plants, Ferns, Palms, Peace Lily and Snake plants.