Looking to liven up your space (quite literally)? Indoor plants are a great way to bring in a breath of fresh air to any space. Not only that, but they also provide a range of benefits to your health and wellbeing. Here’s a happy list of the best things we think come from indoor plants.
Air, air, everywhere. Plants are great natural air purifiers and can help reduce urban indoor air pollution including Nitrogen and sulfur oxides, Carbon dioxide (CO2) & carbon monoxide, (CO)Air toxics (ie volatile organic compounds (‘VOCs’), and fine particulate matter (PM10/2.5). In fact, NASA conducted a study that found that certain plants can remove up to 87% of indoor air toxins within 24 hours! Not only do indoor plants add aesthetic appeal to your home, but they can also improve your indoor air quality.
This little doubting that the high-paced environment of the modern world has dramatically increased our susceptibiilty to stress and irritation. The presence of indoor plants can help reduce stress levels and promote relaxation. In particular, having access to natural environments can sgnificatinaly increase wellbeing. This concept (biophilic design) was explored in a previous blog post we published. Check it out here!
With the aforementioned increase in stress and irritation, sleep is often the first victim. We often find ourselves at home and in bed ruminating about external circumstances we can’t control - leading us to fret more and sleep less. Certain indoor plants, such as lavender and jasmine, have been shown to have a calming effect and can help promote better sleep (not longer sleep).
Here’s a great reason to share this post with your bosses too. Indoor plants (and gardens by extension) have been found to improve your productivity and concentration levels. A study by the University of Exeter found that having plants in the workplace increased productivity by an astonishing 15%! So, if you're feeling stuck in a rut or struggling to focus, adding a few indoor plants to your workspace could be just what you need to get back on track. We’ll have to let our two co-founders Kevin and Conner know so we can get more indoor plants to green-ify our space. .
It's no secret that being around nature can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Indoor plants can have a similar effect. They can have a significant impact on a range of mood related factors. Curious to know exactly how plants can help? A study published in PsychologyToday reported “increases in subjects' mood, fewer incidents of depressive symptoms, as well as increased memory span and decreased symptoms of anxiety after a walk in nature, as compared to a walk through an urban environment”. Why not bring the nature indoors with an amazing indoor garden?
Concentration & Memory
Ever got writers block? Or maybe putting a beautiful piece of design work together for work is just not your jam on a given day. Perhaps whipping up an excel spreadsheet is jut not happening for you. Thankfully, we’ve got indoor plants to help us out again! Nature and plants can help stimulate concentration and memory. According to a study by the University of Michigan, being around nature (ergo indoor plants, veggies, herbs etc) can improve cognitive function and help you concentrate and remember better. So, if you're feeling uninspired, try surrounding yourself with a few indoor plants to get those creative juices flowing.
In summary, indoor plants are more than just a pretty addition to your home or workspace. They can help purify the air, reduce stress, boost productivity and mood, promote better sleep, and increase concentration and memory. Thankfully, at Just Vertical, we’ve got the perfect solution to get your green on. Check out our AEVA and EVE and start adding green space into your home today.