8 Surprising Health Benefits Of Keeping Plants In Your Home


I think we could all use a little more peace and quiet in our lives.

These days, most of us work hard and spend our days jumping from one project to the next.

We have to catch out downtime and relaxation where we can! Fortunately, the plants and animals of the world are a tremendous resource, particularly when it comes to letting go of anxiety.

As we’ve seen before, keeping furry or feathered friends by your side can have an incredible emotional impact.

But even if you aren’t in a position to have a pet, you don’t have to despair.

You can get tons of health benefits, both mental and physical, from even simpler living things.

Consider the humble potted plant — it might not snuggle or purr, but it can have a profound positive influence on your outlook.

What’s more, in lots of cases, that positive influence extends to your whole-body health.

Scroll through below to learn more about the awesome impact potted plants can have.

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Benefit #1: They Produce More Oxygen


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Plants fill all the space around them with oxygen!

That’s great news for humans, because we inhale oxygen, and then exhale carbon dioxide.

Fortunately, plants inhale carbon monoxide and exhale oxygen, so we both get fresh air out of this mutually beneficial arrangement!

Benefit #2: They Sharpen Your Focus


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If your mind starts to wander halfway through your workday, you may want to consider keeping a plant on your desk.

According to Scientific American, there’s evidence that having a plant in your workspace helps you regenerate and refocus your energy.

That’s because, while you work, the leaves and plants occasionally catch your subconscious attention, which allows your conscious ability to concentrate to replenish itself.

Benefit #3: They Help Keep Illnesses Away


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If you find that you’re practically catnip for cold and flu bugs in the winter, you might want to keep a few plants in the house.

Plants act as all natural humidifiers to regulate the moisture in the air.

This can help to nip sore throats, stuffy noses, and coughing fits in the bud, and leave your body less vulnerable to illness.

Benefit #4: They Increase Happiness


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Humans are supposed to be out in nature, but in the busy modern world, we don’t have as many opportunities as we used to.

Tapping into your brain’s innate desire for greenery is a great way to boost your mood, especially in the wintertime, when the season can make you feel low.

There’s also some evidence that the very act of nurturing a plant and keeping it alive gives people a sense of satisfaction and contentment.

Benefit #5: They Lower Your Blood Pressure


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If you suffer from high-blood pressure, you might want to supplement a healthy diet and plenty of exercise with a few potted plants for an added assist!

A study from Kansas State University indicated that patients recovering from surgery had substantially lower blood pressure if they had flowers in the room.

Something about plants and fresh flowers helps to relax the mind, and perhaps relax the blood vessels in turn — aloe is a double whammy since it can also contribute to a healthy diet.

Benefit #6: They Humidify The Air


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As we mentioned early, plants act as naturally humidifiers to keep the air moist.

That’s because they draw in ambient water (from the air and from what your pour into the pot) and then expel it again as tiny water droplets that infuse the air we breathe.

This is especially great for anyone dealing with chronic coughing or lung problems, who might experience real relief from sharing their air with plants.

Benefit #7: They Improve Your Sleep


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Having a plant by your bedside is a great way to ensure a good night’s sleep.

All plants emit oxygen, which is great for falling into a deep restful sleep.

You may also want to pick something with a scent, like lavender or jasmine, which can serve as living aromatherapy to lull you off to dreamland.

Benefit #8: They Help You Heal Faster


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When you have a cold or another mild illness, usually the very best treatment is plenty of rest and relaxation.

Part of that restful process might be bringing plants into the home; something about viewing plants from your sick bed helps to refocus your mind and body on the task of getting well.

Not only do they lower blood pressure, as previously noted, they seem to help people manage pain with less medication, and get better more quickly.

Benefit #9: They Help Clean The Air


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When plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen, they aren’t just converting the chemicals, they’re also purifying the air.

Spider plants, for example, are great for cleaning formaldehyde from the air, while English ivy helps with benzene.

Bad stuff that we really shouldn’t be breathing lingers in the air all the time, but the right plants make sure you always breathe easy.

Do you keep houseplants in your home? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE with anyone who loves gardening and green things!

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