The Health Benefits of Houseplants
Plants take care of us too… Here are our favorite plant facts that we live by:
A Way to De-Stress and Relax the Mind…
- In a study from the Journal of Physiological Anthropology in 2015, users that were given an indoor gardening task were found to have a lowered stress response both psychologically and physiologically. This is compared to those who were doing computer tasks who experienced a spike in heart rate and blood pressure.
- NAR (Nature Adventure Rehabilitation) has been used to aid those who experience PTSD. In a study done in 2015 it was shown that the HT group showed improvement on PTSD reactions, post-traumatic growth and positive states of mind.
- In a 2015 study it was found that active interaction with indoor plants (touching/ smelling) can reduce physiological and psychological stress. It has been found that the plants confer positive changes in the brain's electrical activity, muscle tension and heart activity.
- In Manchester, England, medical clinics are now "prescribing" potted plants to patients with depression of anxiety.
The Relationship Between Plants, Altruism and Aggression…
- In a study done in 2014 from University of California, Berkeley, when subjects were shown beautiful nature scenes and observed how people behaved during an economics game- those exposed to a nature scene behaved more generously and more trusting.
- The Alzheimer's Society strongly encourages gardening and plant care because of all plant benefits such as caregiving, attention span increase as well as lowering of aggression.
Purifying the Air Within Your Household…
- NASA did a study in 1989 that showed plants intake a lot of toxin if it is present in the room. Plants are a great way to purify the air- English Ivy being one of the best- however English Ivy and Aloe Vera are not pet friendly!
- Plants release vapor into the air which will increase humidity, which can help improve respiratory and skin health.
- In a 2007 study, it was found that a bacterium in plant soil called Mycobacterium Vaccae that triggers the release of serotonin, which lifts mood and reduces anxiety- so maybe a little bit of (contained) dirt inside is good!
Teaching the Brain to Become More Attentive…
- A 2013 study from Exeter University found that indoor plants can improve concentration and productivity by 47% and can boost memory by up to 20%.
- In 2016, 440 Amazon employees were interviewed in India and the United States and it was found that those who had offices with natural elements like indoor plants experienced greater job satisfaction and commitment to the organization.
- In 2004, AMJ Public Health researchers found that carrying out activities in nature or outside significantly reduced symptoms of ADHD in children when compared to activities in an urban setting.
Aiding in Creativity…
- In a 2004 study from Bankyō Gakuin University, there was a clear correlation between performing better in a creative exercise with a plant in view than with a magazine rack in view.
Helping Your Immune System…
- In a hospital review done by Texas A&M University in 2002, it was found that people who were looking at greenery during their recovery periods had shorter hospital stays and needed less pain medications.
- A 2020 study with 75 children in Finland found that when play areas were transformed from gravel yards to mini forests, the children's immune system improved within a month. Blood samples showed a beneficial response of proteins and anti inflammatory cytokine and regulatory T-cells in these children throughout the month.