Hello friends! I’m very excited to introduce to you guest author Kendall Frey! She runs the blog Living Earthy, which is all about wellness, natural living, and holistic health. She also runs the Living Earthy shop, which has some pretty incredible jewelry! Kendall is going to share her knowledge of natural living with us to discuss the beauty and health benefits of having plants in your home.
It’s no secret that there’s a growing trend of using plants in design. Whether you walk into corporate offices in the city and see plants hanging from the ceiling, walk by a living wall on the street, or flip through Pinterest and see homes that look like jungles.
Some organizations are using beautiful “living” structures to promote sustainability. The Cal Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has an amazing structure called their Living Roof. It has six inches of soil and grass on top of the roof that naturally insulates the structure and prevents pollutant runoff.
But plants aren’t only for decorative purposes or even just for sustainable design. They also can benefit you personally in your home.
House plants can greatly increase your happiness and wellbeing in your home. Just think about this – how do you feel when you walk through a forest? For me, that’s the time I feel most zen, at peace, and happy. I can let everything go and just be in nature. Filling your house with plants can help bring that feeling of release into your home. Studies have shown that having house plants can greatly increase your happiness and help you relax and feel less stressed.
Plants have been proven to increase your energy and productivity levels. Not only do they help energize you, but the increase in oxygen and soothing sensation from being around plants help you concentrate more.
And getting to take care of something helps you have a regular routine, as well as give more purpose to your daily life. Having some sort of a routine helps makes you productive in other aspects of your life, as well.
Plants have a huge affect on air quality, which is especially great for people with ailments like asthma. Not only do they increase the amount of oxygen in a room, but they also can filter out toxins. Studies from NASA show that house plants can absorb compounds that can be potentially harmful to your body, like formaldehyde and benzene.
Better Night’s Sleep
It turns out that having plants in your bedroom can help you fall asleep and rest better. The relaxation benefits from houseplants, mixed with the improved air quality, help you have a more restful nights sleep. Certain plants also humidify the air, which can lead to better sleep for those of us who suffer from sinus issues.
Common and Easy-to-Care for Houseplants
Spider plants are my go to’s because you just need to buy one and you’ll have an endless supply. They grow little “babies” on the end of their leaves and all you need to do is pinch them off, put them in water, and plant them when they sprout roots.
Ivy is easy to take care of and looks beautiful in a room! Sit it on a shelf and let it drape down or hang it from your ceiling. These draping plants are extremely air filtering and will leave you breathing great and well rested.
Keep herbs in your kitchen – put them in pots on your counter or use wall planters. They will help regulate the air, keep your kitchen looking beautiful, and are functional!
The world’s easiest plants to take care of. They need minimal water because they store it in their thick leaves. These unique plants will leave you feeling great when you see them in your room.
There’s no doubt that having house plants will liven up your home. Not only will they make it more aesthetically beautiful, but they’ll leave you happier and healthier.
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