Did you know there are a number of health benefits associated with bringing the garden indoors?
A lot of people, at this time of year, will be focused on getting their garden ready for summer parties by planting beautiful flowers, tending to their lawn and renting heavy duty equipment to undertake major jobs in their garden such as building a backyard pond yet this season is a great time to consider bringing the garden indoors to enliven your home and create a feeling of calm and vibrancy.
THEY IMPROVE AIR QUALITY
This point is particularly pertinent if you live in a large city or near a main road as we often forget how important the quality of the air we breathe each day is to our health. There are many old wives tales about the remedial effect of some “fresh air” on our physical and emotional health but this is now being recognised within the scientific community.
Plants are a great solution for air pollution because they absorb carbon dioxide and emit the oxygen that is so vital to our survival let alone our health and wellbeing. They cleanse the air from toxic chemical such as benzene and formaldehyde that are often found in paint and cigarettes. Plants also raise the air’s humidity by releasing moisture vapour which can be beneficial to people with respiratory problems or who often suffer from sore throats.
THEY CAN HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER
Indoor plants such as jasmine, lavender, and aloe vera can increase the quality of your sleep as they are known to have a soothing effect on the body which can lower heart rate and anxiety. However, in reality, using aromatherapy oils such as lavender and jasmine as a blended massage oil or in a vaporizer might have a more potent affect in terms of helping you get a good night’s sleep.
THEY INCREASE HAPPINESS LEVELS
Studies have found that patients in hospitals that are surrounded by flowers or have a view of a garden are more likely to recover than those that are not in the presence of plants. In a more day-to-day sense, plants contribute to a general feeling of wellbeing, affluence, and optimism. The vibrant colours, fresh scents and psychological association with celebration combine to offer a truly uplifting experience. Check out https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nature-that-nurtures/ for further information.
Several studies have found that putting plants near your workspace (i.e. on your desk) lower stress and fatigue; specifically, they help lower heart rate and blood pressure in a natural and holistic way. Many would agree that this is a much safer way to reduce anxiety and stress than to take pharmaceuticals such as beta-blockers that are often prescribed to do the same task.
THEY PRODUCE HEALTHY FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
When it comes to thinking about indoor plants, we forget that there are several plants such as tomatoes, avocados, carrots, lemons and mandarin oranges that can be grown indoors. Normally these would be grown in a potting shed, and this would produce more than indoors, but growing indoors is special. This is a great way to boost self-esteem, eat fresh and naturally grown produce, save money on vegetables and brighten up your home.