Green. Have you ever met someone that doesn’t like the color green? It might not be their first choice in wall paint, but years of research has primarily confirmed our brain’s naturally positive reaction to just about every shade of green. Be it the calm of a dark forest or emerald green, or the stimulation that comes with a bright lime green or chartreuse; the color carries very few negative connotations. Hold the paint brush though. An even better way to surround yourself with green without painting the walls is keeping a few house plants.
Your Brain on Plants
Many studies have been done on the way nature affects the brain and not a single one had anything bad to say. Most people are aware that nature makes us happy and much of that has to do with being surrounded by so much green. Bringing nature into your home or office is a great way to enjoy those benefits without having to go outside.
No green thumb? Fear not! Turns out placebos work almost as well in this regard. A highly realistic artificial plant in your line of vision will actually do the trick. Just don't forget to pretend to water it.
“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them” - Mitch Hedburg
Your Body on Plants
Those positive effects on your brain will trickle down to your body. In hospitals that had real or artificial plants in the rooms of patients saw that those patients had lower blood pressure, asked for less pain medication, and were often released sooner.
Unfortunately, to feel the full benefits of your body on plants the fake ones won’t do the trick since plastic doesn’t photosynthesize. Though photosynthesis on the scale of a house plant only produces trace amounts of oxygen, that isn't the only thing plants do for the air we breathe in our homes or offices. Although studies have shown that some plants can remove volatile organic compounds from the air, the jury is still out on how much of an impact they actually make on indoor air pollution. We do know, however, that plants increase humidity in the home. When you water your plants, they return the favor. Plants release up to 97% of the moisture they take in. A study by Washing State University saw a reduction in dust by about 20%, which is especially great if you don't like dusting. Increased humidity is also good for your skin and your lungs. It reduces the likelihood of catching the common cold and other respiratory diseases. It is recommended to have one medium to large plant for every 100 square feet to feel the effects.
Plant Killer, Qu'est-ce Que C'est?
It is possible to keep house plants even if you are forgetful and don't have much time, you just have to choose the right ones. To get the most out of the mental and physical benefits, plants with large green leaves are recommended. Here are a few to get you started.
Now go forth, give your brain a boost, and create a living room or office jungle!
Article Written and Researched by Victoria Buckwash