The cold weather has finally arrived. As the threat of frost lurks just around the corner, the earth is calmly nodding off to sleep, quietly transforming from shades of bright green to earthier tones of brown, red and orange.
If you’re mourning the death of summer foliage, don’t fret! Houseplants are a brilliant way to keep the healing effects of greenery alive all season long – and we bet you’re itching for a few reasons to invest in another. Take a look at these six perks of sharing your home with plants.
1. They purify your air
Keeping plants indoors helps rid your environment of toxic elements, including formaldehyde and benzene which are typically found in paint, chemical-based cleaners and cigarettes. Peace Lillies and Spider Plants are both known for their cleansing affect.
2. They’re pretty
Houseplants come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and they’re the perfect way to jazz up any space. They even make a room seem bigger!
3. Feng Shui encourages them
According to this ancient art, keeping plants in your home boosts your mood and improves your connection with nature – factors that are both extremely important to your wellbeing.
4. They improve sleep
Quite simply, nature lowers cortisol levels to promote a deeper slumber. If you suffer from insomnia, look for plants with a soothing affect such as Jasmine or Lavender.
5. They reduce stress
Studies have shown that surrounding yourself with indoor plants helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure, reducing overall stress levels. Feeling anxious? Go talk to your Aloe Vera!
6. They boost respiratory health
If you don’t have a plant, you might want to think about getting one this cold and flu season. Their ability to cleanse and humidify the air helps fight off colds, coughs and congestion. They also lower the risk of headaches and sore throats.
7. They reduce background noise
Recent research has shown that keeping plants in your house can help reduce noise levels. Their leaves absorb and reflect sound, keeping the volume of traffic, neighbours and other annoyances to a minimum.