5 Healing Benefits of Indoor Plants You Probably Didn't Know
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As humans, our relationship with nature is unlike any other in this world. Plants, trees, shrubs, and grasses provide an abundance of oxygen among many other healing benefits, which we simply cannot live without. Integrating plants into your indoor space has been known to provide many benefits to those who inhabit the space, whilst bringing aesthetic value to your chill pad and bringing you one step closer to our divine mother nature. There is a lot to learn from plants, so below we've listed some reasons you may not know why plants can enhance your space.
Gifting flowers to others on special occasions is a tradition brought on to help convey one's emotions to another, whether that be respect, congratulations, remembrance, apology, support, or love. Nothing perks you up by seeing a beautiful arrangement of flowers, likewise, seeing beautiful plants in your space can help to increase positivity, energy, productivity, provide a sense of security and relaxation, and reduce stress and fatigue.
They also increase your primal nature and ability to care, giving you a sense of purpose. By taking on the responsibility to not only care, water, and provide sun for, but to also provide love and positivity for your plants, you are enhancing your abilities to listen to energies that cannot respond or interact with you on a direct sensory level, rather it is more intuitive and spiritual. Research has been done to conclude that the interactions a plant has with its surroundings can influence its health. A plant that is kept in a space that commonly holds negativity, hate and sadness will not thrive as successfully as a plant that is showered with kind words, positivity, and laughter. It is important to care for living things outside of yourself in order to learn unconditional love, selflessness, and the sacred bond that humans and nature share within this world. Plants will even respond to the vibrations emitted from a space, so talking to your plants can be proven to help them thrive! This can be super rewarding, and comforting.
COLOR THERAPY:Taking time to care for your plants helps to reduce stress and the weight of importance you may place on certain aspects of your own life. Indoor plants can visually provide a sense of happiness and calm through color therapy. By merely seeing the different shades and vibrancies of the color green, this can create an atmosphere of psychological and emotional balance and harmony, stimulating the heart chakra. Green has both an energizing and soothing effect on the mind and body, meaning it’s the perfect color to fill your space!
SCENT:Many plants hold amazing healing benefits, one of the ways in which these benefits can be exercised by humans is by scent. Fragrant plants can fill your home with beautiful fresh, calming and uplifting scents which are natural and chemical-free. Plants such as a Kaffir Lime tree provide an on-going, extremely uplifting and energizing energy in your space, which is perfect for study or productivity. Jasmine or Lavender is perfect for your bedroom, providing properties that are calming, sensual and relaxing. You can also place a fragrant plant in your kitchen such as sage and allow it to subtly influence the fragrances of your cooking for a delicious experience.
BREATHING:Did you know that our furniture, carpets, and common household appliances can emit harmful toxins into the air? Common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can cause headaches, loss of coordination, nausea, eye, nose, and throat irritations and can even possibly cause cancer! The air quality within our homes and our spaces must be clean, ventilated and fresh… meaning certain plants are a perfect addition to creating the ultimate vibe pad. A Spider plant or Aloe Vera plant are known to be some of the best greenery to keep in your house, are easy to take care of, and are some of the best plants at eliminating harmful VOCs in the air.
Plants do a fantastic job of converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, which is one of the most common understandings about the benefits of indoor plants. However, most plants tend to stop this process at night. A Snake plant is super low maintenance, and will actually continue to produce oxygen into the air at night, making it the perfect plant to help you breathe easy and sleep well.
HUMIDIFYING:Did you know about 10% of the moisture in the air we breathe comes from plants? Moisture in our air, or air humidity, is important to maintain healthy lung function and avoid dry skin. Plants such as the Areca palm is a popular household plant for releasing moisture into your space, making it perfect for dry winter months, whilst also assisting in preventing bacteria and other nasties hanging around. Avoid an overload of cacti and succulents in your space as they retain their water and therefore don’t release much of their moisture into the air.
Our impacts on nature worldwide has sadly seen many beautiful green spaces disappear. Re-create those beautiful healing spaces within your own space, and protect that which brings us life.
About The Author: Lauren Crabtree (@crabbypatty__)