For half a century, scientists have been carrying out experiments to show the world that plants are good for our health and happiness. That's a lot of experiments.
Scientists at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne analysed scientific articles and research studies and boiled the story down to two big benefits…namely;
Removing air-borne toxins created by paints, furniture finishes and air pollution.Just one or two plants starts to increase air quality significantly in a space.
Creating feelings of relaxation, inspiration and positivity.
The first few plants give a limited benefit, but once you start to create a look, wellbeing increases quickly. Variety of sizes and species is key.
Did you know…
JUST ONE PLANT CAN IMPROVE YOUR AIR QUALITY BY 25%
And a few more can do a whole lot more. Plants absorb airborne pollutants.
A FEW PLANTS CAN MAKE YOU FEEL MORE RELAXED, INSPIRED AND POSITIVE
RMIT also investigated direct mental health benefits of plant, such as improved mood and concentration, and indirect benefits, such as productivity and positive social behaviour, that indoor plants might have caused.
They found that there is very little wellbeing benefit in just one plant, but once you start to create a "look" in your space, wellbeing begins to increase significantly.
What's more, complexity matters. The greater the mix of sizes and varietals, the greater the benefits. In outdoor spaces such as yards and courtyards, plants have limited ability to improve air quality. However, a good array of plants will still improve wellbeing significantly.
The science above all works on an averaging method. It's designed to be simple, to give you well estimated rules of thumb for improving your health and wellbeing. When it gets to the details, some plants are better at improving air quality than others. For that sort of level of information, ask the experts at your local nursery.
Some plants and their benefits are listed below;
Not only is mint a delicious addition to your cooking, a study found that the smell of mint can lower feelings of frustration and boost awareness.
A study published in the journal of biological chemistry found that the smell of Jasmine can be a soothing as Valium.
Aloe vera is good for sun burn, bug bites, moisturising your skin and it purifies the air of carcinogens and emits oxygen at night.
Lavender has been used in aromatherapy for centuries because, and a new study found that inhaling the scent of lavender for ten minutes had a significant effect on the nervous system of women suffering from premenstrual symptoms. It especially decreased feelings of depression and confusion.
Basil is fabulous for pesto but also contains a compound called linalool which has been found to reduce the activity of certain genes that go into overdrive during stressful situations. Try adding the herb to your next meal.
The Snake Plant is known to be one for the best for purifying air, according to NASA. While they purify the air during the day, they emit oxygen at night.
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