Much More than a Pretty Face: 8 Health Benefits of Plants | Gemmell's Garden Centre

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Sure plants are pretty and smell great, but did you know that many plants can actually benefit your physical and mental health?

Have you ever noticed that when you clean your house, you feel a sense of calm and satisfaction? Everything looks brand new and even the air smells fresh and clean! Did you know that having indoor plants can actually have the same effect on your mood? Plants are natural air purifiers and can produce scents that can improve your state of mind. Here are 8 ways that plants improve your health.

1. Breathing Quality

Plants are natural air filters that absorb gases and output oxygen. Having an indoor plant or two can significantly improve the quality of air we breathe and can even improve symptoms of allergies like coughing, sneezing, and stuffy noses.

2. Memory

By being surrounded with plants, your memory retention can be improved by up to 20% studies show! Scientists say that the memory is improved because plants improve the quality of air that we breathe. They remove the toxins that we would otherwise inhale and could negatively impact memory.

3. Happiness

There are so many reasons why plants help with happiness! Plants need sunlight, which means that you get sunlight in return. Natural sunlight is proven to help with happiness and overall life satisfaction. Another reason why plants help you to be happy is because of their bright colours. It is also proven that being exposed to colours is beneficial to mental health, and by having colourful plants surround you, you are more likely to be happier.

4. Productivity and Motivation

Having indoor plants or an outdoor garden is a chore, but many of us would say that it is a chore we actually like doing! By having the responsibility of looking after plants everyday, we feel a sense of productivity after looking after the plants. You may have heard of the fact that making your bed in the morning can also help with motivation. These examples are similar because they allow us to cross a few small things off of our daily chore list and give us the drive to do more!

5. Creativity

Plants can help foster creativity in a number of ways! Having colourful plants can increase happiness because of their visual appeal. By feeling happy to be surrounded by beautiful plants you are more likely to come up with creative ideas.

6. Anxiety and Stress

Because plants help calm and soothe the senses, this has a causal sequence effect that allows us to approach tasks, issues, and obstacles with a clear mind and emotions. Additionally, by improving general happiness, plants thereby reduce anxiety and stress.

7. Self-Esteem

Self-esteem has been proven to be positively affected by completing tasks effectively. By feeling a sense of pride in what we have accomplished, we think more highly of ourselves. Plants can be this accomplished task. Taking care of plants from seed to bulb to flower, we can be proud that we brought something beautiful to life.

8. Sleep

Many fragrant plants give off a calming and soothing scent such as lavender, jasmine, and gardenia. These scents actually help you to relax and sleep better. These natural scents help you fall asleep faster and also help with staying asleep!



Much More than a Pretty Face, 8 Health Benefits of Plants
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