5 Benefits of Plants in Your Home

 

Plants make people feel good. They bring life to any room, and they act as living decorations that lift the moods of those around them. But how do plants actually affect our emotions? Other than the peripheral aspects of having plants around, is there proof as to why plants lift our moods? The answer is yes. We decided to look into the reasons why, and to use our experiences to tell you why having plants in your home will benefit your life.

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1. Inspiration

The most difficult to quantify, yet one of the most important reasons to keep plants in your home, is to inspire you. Growing herbs in your home can encourage you to experiment with meals, mixology, and even medicine. Maybe growing sage in your home will inspire you to make an herbal tea (it did for us!), or Thai basil will inspire you to cook, or mint will inspire you to make mojitos. Delish delosh! At Íko Systems, we believe inspiration is fundamental to living better, so we want to inspire others.

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2. Reduces Stress

Scientific research has shown that having plants in your vicinity leads to lower levels of stress and anxiety, while increasing feelings of tranquility and happiness. One of our current Alpha Testers told us that she believes that having “the sight of greenery can help combat the blues,” and that she wishes she had one of our systems “in the winter on cold, dismal days.” In one study, it was shown that as contact with nature increases, stress levels greatly decrease. So if you ever feel like you’re burning the candle at both ends, maybe try adding some greenery into your life.

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3. Promotes Health

Indoor plants promote feelings of general well-being and can ease feelings of sadness. The sight of plants can be therapeutic, which is shown most clearly in one specific study done with hospital patients. They encourage bringing plants to patients, as plants are “noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients.” The plants themselves acted as medicine, and this study didn’t even utilize the chemical properties of plants! Many herbs have medicinal qualities when consumed, or made into teas. As you can tell, we love herbal teas: Read more here.

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4. Increases Productivity

In one study, adding plants to a university computer lab increased productivity, and lowered stress (based on systolic blood pressure readings). Participants in the rooms with plants also reported feeling more attentive. In general, the addition of plants to a room increases both concentration and productivity, which may go hand in hand with reduction of stress and increase of happiness.

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5. Adds Color

Though this may be the most visually obvious, adding plants to any room increases the amount of color and life in the space. Bringing nature indoors is beneficial for those who love the outdoors and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. And as we all know, “color is to the eyes what music is to the ears.”

Our goal at Íko Systems is to encourage others to have plants and herbs in their home, year round, with indoor micro greenhouses. The benefits are shown by science, but also by the experiences of ourselves and others. So here’s to all the life changing benefits of plants, with none of the hassle.
 

Interested in reading more? Check out these articles:

NCBI Article: Interaction with Indoor Plants May Reduce Stress

NCBI Article: Indoor Plants in Hospital Rooms

Journal of Env. Horticulture: Interior Plants May Improve Worker Productivity

Sage Journals: Plants in the Workplace
 

 
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