02 Dec How Can Plants in Your Home Enhance Your Health and Your Work?
Society often makes a distinction between nature-buffs and non-nature buffs, but you don’t have to enjoy being outside to enjoy the company of plants. Indoor plants can actually be extremely beneficial to us in a myriad of ways, and for those of us afraid of the commitment, there are many low maintenance plants that require little of our attention throughout the day. Below are some reasons you might want to reconsider filling your home or office with some English Ivy or a nice Fern, particularly if you sometimes, for example, you encounter high-stress situations at work.
This one’s a no-brainer, right? We’ve long been taught that we need plenty of green in our environment for humanity to thrive. Well, sometimes pollutants from the outside world can creep indoors, and plants can actually release airborne chemicals to keep those pollutants at bay. Voila, clean indoor air!
Remember when I just mentioned high-stress situations? Scientists actually love to boast the therapeutic qualities of caring for plants. Their sense of peace allows in aiding individuals living with anxiety, depression, or even dementia. And believe it or not, the scent of plants can actually be extremely calming, so that’s a doozy.
No, plants don’t have some sort of special chemical that increases your productivity, but studies do show that people who take the time to decorate and individualize their workspaces are actually more productive throughout the day. There’s a switch that goes off in the brain it seems, where self-expression makes you want to work harder. So add a little color and chlorophyll to your space!
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Whether or not you’re the type to go on a week-long camping trip, the fact of the matter is that nature is healing. And with the invention of the potted plant, you can bring it with you anywhere. WWD’s Shop has some great alternatives to get you to better health with plants.
Adaptable to all light conditions and requiring very little water, these Tough Stuff Plants are the perfect addition to your home or office. If you are a beginner, feel at ease since each of these three plants is incredibly easy and are extremely forgiving.
This Brazilian native plant has soft dark green leaves with feathered, painterly-like centers of light green and red veins. The colorful foliage and slow growth make this a perfect plant for window sills, mantles, or shelves that need a splash of color. Perfect for that window spot where the sun shines and so will this plant.
Bring some tropical fauna to your favorite space with this Monstera plant. Originating from the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico, she adapts well to indoor conditions. Keep her close to the sunlight and watch her quickly grow, spread, and thrive.
The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, aptly named due to its violin-shaped leaves, is a tall and dramatic plant. The fact that it’s not a bushy plant, makes it a beautiful interior design addition for a brightly lit corner or cozy nook in your home.
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