Lately, there has been a push for better living. Whether it is for a cleaner environment or a healthier lifestyle, people are beginning to notice the impact of our choices on our happiness and homes. This recent awareness has led to some changes in our behaviors and people are now beginning to search for products that are made ethically, organically, and without a variety of harsh chemicals added to the mix. Surprisingly, however, while we are scouring the aisles or the Internet for the newest and best things to clean our homes, eat, and decorate with, we may already have a feasible alternative growing in our backyards or windowsills: plants!
The Benefits of Plants
As gardeners, we already know there are plenty of benefits to having plants in and around the home, but there are some fascinating ways plants can make a happy and healthy home. Research has found that being in proximity to flowers and green plants can improve our levels of happiness, lower stress levels, increase our productivity, improve moods, and even reduce the need for pain medication required in hospital patients. We also have plenty of research indicating that being around plants can help control anxiety, depression, and negativity and simply being around natural elements, like green spaces, can improve memory, concentration, and soothe the symptoms of ADHD in children.
While those are great reasons to embrace plants for our overall well-being, our favorite plants can also benefit our skin, hair, and complexions without pricey spa treatments or artificial ingredients. Most flowers, herbs, and plants possess natural healing abilities which when used correctly, can treat and manage a variety of our beauty concerns. Frequently, we will find flowers and plants that have been dried or turned into essential oils to concentrate their healing qualities.
And, that’s not all.
Plants and flowers have been used for centuries to improve the health and well-being of humans. In the past, people noticed and observed that plants could have positive and sometimes negative side effects on us. These observations sprouted modern medicine when slowly, we began finding remedies from the world around us to treat common maladies. Today, while our healthcare system has changed drastically in the last hundred years or so, these advancements were all built on the healing qualities of plants.
Thankfully, we don’t have to be sick to benefit from plants, we can simply admire them or use them in our cooking. When eaten, many plants provide us with a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, and keep our bodies running smoothly in the digestion department. Houseplants can even purify 87 percent of air toxins within 24 hours in our homes, eliminating a variety of irritants like mold, pollen, and dust.
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The Best Plants for a Happy and Healthy Home
To help you harness these amazing healthy qualities of plants when you plant your garden or just to add conversation pieces to your existing gardens or plant catalog, we have compiled the following guide of the 20 best plants for a happy and healthy home:
- English Ivy
- Boston Fern
- Golden Pothos
- Peace Lily
- Garden Mums
- Snake Plant
- Red-Edged Dracaena
- Aloe Vera
- Snake Plant
- Christmas Cactus
- Areca Palm
- Orange Gerbera
In a world that is continuously caught up with finding the newest and greatest, we can rest easy in knowing that we are able to rely on tried and true methods. Our gardening efforts are providing plants for a happy and healthy home that can be used to improve our quality of lives with a few mindful choices and a little work in the soil.