How would you like to invite a friend into your home who will help reduce your feelings of stress, improve your mood and encourage a more positive attitude.
Not only that, but this friend will also help purify your home’s air.
This friend is a houseplant.
Houseplants can add instant beauty to any home and research shows that having houseplants can have a calming effect on your moods, improve productivity, reduce headaches, increase learning and even help you recover more quickly from sicknesses.
Now this is a friend worth having!
When growing in your home, houseplants take in carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen. This provides a much healthier breathing environment for you and your family.
While exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide, indoor plants also clean the air of common household pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde. These are byproducts of the gradual breakdown of carpets, plastics and synthetic fibers that are common in most homes. Houseplants also clean the air of dust particles, which are abundant in most home air.
A living plant in any room of the house instantly brightens the room. Just seeing the plant, helps to lift one’s spirits and give a more positive outlook. Tending to indoor plants can give a sense of accomplishment and nurturing to anyone.
Taking care of houseplants is a great activity for children and can improve their sense of responsibility while helping them learn about plant life and growing things.
Houseplants can usually be purchased year round at home centers or nurseries. They can also be ordered from mail order plant catalogs. There are a wide variety of plants available and there are even blooming and fruiting types. Some common “easy care” plants include spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), African violet (Saint paulina), Prayer plant (Maranta leuconeura), Rubber tree (Ficus elastica decorum), Snake plant (Sanseveria trifasciata), Boston fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata), Cactus (Cactaceae), Wandering Jew (Tradescantia zebrine), etc.
Or, try a plant that gives you all the benefits mentioned before and edible fruits that you can enjoy right off the plant. Some of these include Dwarf Key Lime, Dwarf Pomegranate, Venous Orange, Meyer Lemon and Dwarf Tangerine.
Another indoor plant you may want to try is the Coffee plant. In three to four years of growth, this little guy will produce coffee beans that can be roasted in your oven and ground for use to make fresh (really fresh) coffee.
Get healthier and happier! Invite a plant into your home.
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