Flowers… They represent life, love, beauty, and oftentimes, happiness. I have always been drawn to flowers- they seem to make me feel like if I am around them I embody everything that they represent. But, being my super nerdy and scientist (I use this term loosely) self, I wanted to know the WHY of the sensations and benefits that flowers supply.
PLANTS HELP FIGHT POLLUTION
Plants filter our air for us, that much we know. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen through photosynthesis- supplying us with the oxygen needed to survive. In addition, by using a process called phytoremediation plants help to remove chemicals and toxins from the air. Overall, having plants in your house filters and clarifies the air you and your family are living in.
PLANTS HELP FIGHT ILLNESS
A research study out of the University of Stockholm found that having plants inside your home could also help fight illnesses such as the flue and the common cold. Their research showed a decrease in sore throats, coughs, low energy, etc.
PLANTS INCREASE BRAIN ACTIVITY
Research out of the University of Kansas showed that plants:
- Improve concentration
- Improve Memory
- Increase brain activity overall
- Improve attention spans
The most impressive finding was the fact that having plants indoor tended to increase creativity levels. Plants spark the area of the brain that helps to ignite creativity- MRI’s show this in research specific to creativity
HAVING PLANTS AROUND YOU INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY
Studies have shown that employee morale improved, sick days decreased, and increased worker efficiency result from such workplace enhancements. Having plants within view of or on workstations decreased both illness and stress levels. One study found that workers with workstation views that included green elements were more satisfied at work and had more patience, less frustration, increased enthusiasm for work, and fewer health problems. Sign me up!
Overall the addition of flowers and plants into your everyday surroundings will help you live a more balanced, happy, and beautiful life.