Why Should we Keep Plants?

Within the past decade, indoor plants have seen a huge rise in popularity. From having a small succulent on your night stand to having dozens of plants all around your home, more and more people are interested in indoor plants

Let’s be real, plants are amazing.

I personally have about 14 plants of my own, and I plan on getting more as soon as I see ones I want to have. Like I wrote last week, plants have been a huge part of my life, so it was natural for me to collect more plants.

But is there a reason why more and more people are starting to collect more plants?

They’re pretty

Plants are pretty. Have you ever sat in a dull room day in and day out? You usually feel crumby. Even during winter, we get that anxious feeling of sitting around indoors all day and have a need to go out. According to Texas A&M University, indoor plants help with concentration and memory, overall happiness, accelerate the healing process, improves relationship and compassion, improves human performance and energy, perceived quality of life, reduce stress, and the list goes on. All of this just by looking and being around plants. Their physical nature is pleasing, and it gives us a whole ton of benefits.

They help improve air quality

We as humans need oxygen to survive. Luckily, the waste product of plants is oxygen! They help oxygenate our surroundings, which helps us. Not only that, they also help purify the air. According to a study done by NASA, low light requiring plants show the potential to remove harmful toxins in the air that can cause sick building syndrome, mainly formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, and benzene, which are volatile organic compounds that are carcinogenic. Click here to see the list of plants that NASA believes help purify the air.

They help improve your quality of sleep

This is sort of my own personal experience. Ever since getting my little jungle in my room, I’ve found that I have been falling asleep faster, and entering a deeper sleep faster too. I may only sleep five hours one night, but it’s the best five hours I can get and I still feel completely energized for the next day. The humidity in my room has also increased, which, according to the National Sleep Foundation is a good thing. It keeps your skin and mucous membranes from drying out, which makes bacteria less likely to enter the body. Now, too much humidity can lead to less desired effects, however, the plants in your room will utilize the humidity as well, helping keep a nice balance.

So this is why I personally keep plants. They’re amazing, beautiful, and do so much for your mental, emotional, and physical health.

Do you keep any plants? If so, what kind?

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