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What’s this all about, the current frenzied enthusiasm on houseplants? Is it something worthwhile? Yes, you DO need to check it out.
You’re probably wondering why some people would go the extra mile and fill their houses with healthy green foliage. Some would take time and effort to place indoor plants in strategic locations inside their home carefully. Others would search for suitable pots to go with their plants.
The reason behind this is pretty simple.
Homeowners wanted to beautify and liven up their indoors with plants. Homeowners wanted a healthy environment that houseplants could achieve.
How could houseplants boost your health?
According to research conducted by the National Human Activity Pattern Survey (NHAPS), Americans spend 87% of their time inside enclosed buildings and about 6% of their time inside enclosed vehicles. This percentage shows the frequency of how long people stay indoors versus outdoors and therefore validates why a healthy indoors should be part of homeowners’ investment.
Indoor gardening can be traced back to the time of the early Greeks and Romans. During the Victorian era, houseplants were used as a showcase of symbolism for social status and moral values. And more recently, in the 21st century, houseplants went from being a status symbol and fashion trend to becoming a necessity during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
With almost half of the globe on lockdown where people are forced to stay indoors, houseplants became part of the pandemic explosion to fight off or prevent the impacts of the deadly virus. Because of this sudden pull into the spotlight, people come to the knowledge about the different types of plants and how to care for and maintain them. People learned to carefully select the type of indoor plant that best fits their house condition or health situation. With or without going on vacation, houseplant watering, feeding and nourishing became one of the most Google-searched over the internet.
People started learning ways to best take of their houseplants. Watering is the top essential care, and that’s when Blumat’s watering devices come in handy.
If a houseplant is well-taken care of, the health benefits are excellent! Check out some of these benefits below.
Better Air Quality
Plants are the most significant contributor to fresh oxygen due to the oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle. This is the plants’ capability to absorb carbon dioxide in the air for their growth while discharging off oxygen through a process called photosynthesis.
Many things inside a house can pollute the air, such as paints, cleaning products, mold, and mildew. Potted houseplants can help cleanse these pollutants, also called air purifiers. A 1989 NASA study discovered that indoor plants could purify the air of cancer-causing chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene. So, if you want to breathe clean and fresh air inside your homes, go for the more prominent and leafier houseplant!
Reduce Stress and Fatigue
Plants are practical tools against stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
For instance, have you experienced taking a walk outside amongst nature and felt yourself going calm and relaxed within 30 minutes? That’s the same effect with houseplants. Houseplants served as a reminder of the great outdoors, of the green nature outside. If you bring a plant inside your home, you’re also bringing in a piece of nature environment.
The Zen-like color green is perhaps the dominant reason behind this calming effect. The green color is said to balance a person’s senses and energies and invokes the feeling of compassion and mindfulness towards others.
On a scientific note, interacting with indoor plants helps decrease psychological and physiological stress by the effect of suppressed sympathetic nervous system activity and diastolic blood pressure. Studies have also shown a decrease and calming effect of the blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone cortisol amongst people caring for plants.
Boost in Productivity
Do you suddenly find yourself eager to work or have the energy to work on the task? You should probably thank that succulent plant sitting on your desk this minute! Again, it’s all thanks to that color green leafy vegetation you’ve got right there inside your house. Just looking at the plant’s green foliage for two seconds is enough to stimulate the brain to go into a creative drive and pump some energy into your system for work. People have a little more bounce in their steps due to the plant’s natural oxygen-inducing ability.
Houseplants can make your home beautiful and can provide you with all the good benefits that can maximize your health.
If you’re looking to start taking care of houseplants, you’d need to look into the right indoor plant suited for your home and how to properly care (water, fertilize, etc.) for your plant.
An automatic houseplant watering system device, such as the Blumat, is a tool that can efficiently provide the amount of water your plants need without you needing to be there all the time. Contact The Sustainable Village and avail of the Blumat watering system – an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Call them at (303) 998-1323 or (888) 317-1600, or email them at [email protected].