The Healing Powers of Plants
Ever heard of the Biophilia Hypothesis? It's an idea that humans posses an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other life forms. If this is true, we can agree that having plants in our living or work space can be a healthy decision.
Here are a few key points (that are supported by years of research) that I want to share with you...
- Plants help us meditate - the theory of attention restoration says that by observing nature humans feel more relaxed and are better able to concentrate.
- Plants can improve physical health and overall well-being - by filtering harmful pollutants, including formaldehyde and benzene. These chemicals which are found in everyday cosmetics, soft furnishings, and detergents are released into the atmosphere over time and may build up inside poorly ventilated building. This polluted air can, in high-enough quantities, lead to headaches, fatigue, and eye, nose, and throat irritation.
- Plants help us live longer - have you ever heard of blue zone regions? they are very small communities where the people commonly live past 100 years old. Blue zones are remote and the people practice connectedness to nature and gardening.
- Plant medicine - IS A REAL THING.
- Plants Make People Happy - a study from the University of Technology in Sydney concluded after adding plants to office spaces, anxiety decreased by 37%, feelings of hostility by 44%, and feelings of depression by 58%. They even reduced fatigue by 38%.
- Plants promote productivity - a study from the University of Exeter found that having plants in your immediate space people become more productive.
People think this whole houseplant movement is a trend, but what is happening is that we as a collective are now conscious of the healing powers of plants and if we continue forward, this will be a better shared earth experience. Taking care of our plants, is taking care of ourselves.