True Life: I’m Obsessed with Indoor Plants

True Life: I’m Obsessed with Indoor Plants


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True Life: I’m Obsessed with Indoor Plants

They say the first step to moving on is admitting there’s an issue, but I don’t see any problems with my house plant obsession.

Besides being pretty, there’s a ton of benefits to bringing live plants, indoors.

1) They clean the air! Remember in elementary school learning about how trees take in CO2 and produce oxygen? Well, it might be a little more scientific than that but for the most part, it’s true! House plants can literally help to purify the air inside your home. Some of these plants include:

  • The Boston Fern
  • The Bamboo Plants
  • The Peace Lily (could be found in every classroom from 1994-2001*)
  • The Kimberly Queen Fern
  • The Gerbera Daisy
  • The Areca Palm
  • English Ivy (fake version can be found in every retirement home north of Dixon*)
  • The Rubber Plant (not real rubber) ?
  • The Dwarf Date Palm
  • Florist’s Mum

The Lung Institute even goes as far as to recommend certain plants by room. For example, put Chinese Evergreens and Areca Palms in your Living Room and Gerbera Daisies and Snake Plants in your Living Room.

*Although these statements are popular opinion (as determined by a survey on one person who may or may not have written this post), they are not scientific fact. Yet.

2) They have been known to help you feel less sick! According to a study by Washington State University, dust particles were reduced by 20% when house plants were introduced to a room.

It doesn’t stop there!!

3) Plants boost your mood! SAY WHAT?! We can all use a little bit of that. A 2005 study showed that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and can improve memory.

This practice has even gone as far as being an accepted form of rehabilitative and vocational therapy. Horticulture Therapy is a practice that uses gardening as therapy. This excerpt from Health Line breaks it down even further:

HT is thought to improve recovery time as well as:

Social improvements Physical improvements Vocational improvements
self-regulation muscle strength independence
thinking abilities coordination problem solving
language skills balance following directions
socialization endurance memory

Some studies show that HT offers significant improvements for several behavioral and health issues, such as:

  • dementia
  • schizophrenia
  • depression
  • people with late-stage cancer

In addition to social, physical, and vocational improvements like socialization and coordination, people in hospitals or care homes also:

  • felt less fatigue, anxiety, and higher satisfaction
  • had faster recovery time and shorter hospitalization
  • were friendly to staff
  • felt less dependent on painkillers

It’s common to find plants in office spaces because they’ve been shown to increase quality and accuracy, creativity and productivity.

Enough of the Science mumbojuamboo (that term is only used by the literary elite). Let’s get into the good stuff!

If you’re anything like me, you can kill a house plant faster than I killed my parent’s dreams my freshman year of college. Well, just like we’re in a real life version of The Hills, it’s Lauren Conrad to the rescue! This adorable graphic from LaurenConrad.com gives a visual break-down of which plants are best for “people like us”.

If you’re not sure which plants are best for your space, Google! Seriously, there’s a boat load of information on house plants on the internet. Hop on Pinterest and type in “Low-Light Houseplants” and you’ll get a never-ending list of plants that are best for dimly lit spaces. Want to know which plants are the most low-maintenance? Same thing! Type it in your search bar and watch the world (wide web) come to your rescue.

Indoor plants are #trending right now so it seems like everywhere you turn there’s a planter that fits perfectly into your home’s décor. If buying a pot isn’t your thing, Pinterest is packed full of simple step-by-step guides on how to build your own.

I know I’m filling my living room and office with indoor plants, are you?

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