Botanic benefits

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While houseplants have always been a common décor item, they have been growing in popularity in recent years. According to the National Gardening Association, house plant sales have doubled in the last three years. Ranging from the desire to take care of a living thing to connecting with nature, there are a plethora of reasons that houseplants have made a huge comeback. No matter the reason, it’s been a great thing for the physical and mental health of these “plant parents.” 

One major benefit of houseplants, especially the big leafy textured kind like violets, is that they can provide allergy relief. According to Web.MD, researchers have found that rooms housing plants host less dust and mold than those without any foliage. The leaves catch the extra dust instead of letting it float aimlessly around the house. Another thing house plants do to purify the air is to clean up pollutants in the air called volatile organic compounds that are released from carpets, paint, and ink toners from your printer. English ivy and other indoor plants of its kind are particularly good at this sort of clean up.

Not only can plants reduce allergies by cleaning up the dust and VOC’s in the air, but they can add moisture back. The spider plant and others of its breed are particularly good at this. Additionally, in a study they were found to increase the moisture in a room by 10 percent. The extra moisture can keep your skin from getting dry and itchy, especially in the winter. 

Not only are there physical benefits but there are mental ones as well. The bright happy colors of houseplants have been shown to improve mood. Better moods result in greater productivity, reduced stress, and as a result an increased satisfaction with life. So if you’re feeling low it might be a good idea to brighten your space with a pop of color like a lipstick plant or even a fresh bouquet.

If you’re brightening the room anyway you could also try a splash of purple with a lavender plant. Many people use the oils from this plant as aromatherapy and/or tea as a way to lower anxiety. While more research is needed as to the validity of its medicinal prowess, lavender’s bright color is still soft and soothing to make a visual relaxant if not an aromatic one. All of this gardening has another mental benefit as well, no matter the plant, taking care of a living being can be therapeutic and gardening is often used by therapists to help treat depression and other psychiatric conditions. 

Whether you have a large house or a small dorm room, bringing a few plants into your life could have wonderful health benefits. Happy gardening!

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