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The Benefits of Indoor Plants

It's undeniably common for many of us to feel disconnected with nature frequently throughout our lives, especially during the brisk winter months.  We don't want to spend time outdoors unless it's comfortable, and who can really blame us?  Lucky for us Midwesterners, this winter has been abnormally mild and quite a few of us have made time to go on long walks with our dogs, hike, or whatever other outdoorsy type of activity you like to do.   According to Time Magazine, research has linked spending time outdoors with improved mood and mental health.  

Regardless of what anyone says, we all already know that it's highly beneficial to spend time outdoors, and we should all try to make more of an effort.  But what about the truth and reality of it all?  At the end of the day, we still have to go to work each morning, take care of our families, pay the bills, etc., etc..  I think what I'm trying to say is that it's easier said than done.  Channing and I have been doing a bit of soul searching striving to find ways to better our positivity and increase our mental functions.  One of the ways we have embraced so far is by implementing the use of indoor plants.  

Healthline and SGOX Blog tell us that indoor plants can benefit us in a variety of ways:

  • Provide cleaner air (filter out toxins)

  • Lower your risk for illness 

  • Boost your mood

  • Enhance concentration & memory

  • Promote healing (especially in hospitals)

  • Decreases stress

  • Aesthetically pleasing to the eye

Check out some of our favorites below!

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: A little tough to take care of, but creates a wonderful pop of vibrancy and energy to an indoor space.  Used more for visual purposes.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: A little tough to take care of, but creates a wonderful pop of vibrancy and energy to an indoor space.  Used more for visual purposes.

Chinese Money Plant: Said to be a sign of luck & happens to be a fabulous air purifier!

Chinese Money Plant: Said to be a sign of luck & happens to be a fabulous air purifier!

Aloe Vera: Also a great visual for interiors, but can be used for personal health reasons such as a sunburn.

Aloe Vera: Also a great visual for interiors, but can be used for personal health reasons such as a sunburn.

Spider Plant: A natural non-toxic air purifier (great for bathrooms or baby nurseries, too).

Spider Plant: A natural non-toxic air purifier (great for bathrooms or baby nurseries, too).

Lavender Plant: The scent from this plant is said to boost mood and brain function.  Clip some off and place it in a vase by your bedside for a great night's sleep, too.

Lavender Plant: The scent from this plant is said to boost mood and brain function.  Clip some off and place it in a vase by your bedside for a great night's sleep, too.

Happy (indoor) gardening to our readers!

-M