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Plants Promote Healthy Living

By Bridget Quimby
 Managing Editor

Having plants around your house can benefit your overall well-being and promote happiness in your daily life. Indoor plants help to improve your mood and productivity, creating a sense of clarity into your daily routine. They are great for your workspace, as well. Having a few leafy friends on your desk improve concentration and will assist you in tackling your to-do lists.

Plants, such as orchids, succulents and snake plants, emit oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide overnight, so it is perfect to have these in your bedroom to feel refreshed as you wake up. According to a NASA study, house plants can absorb up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. Not only will plants clear your headspace, but they also offer incredible health benefits. Given that plants release humidity, this is a great way to fill your lungs and pores with oxygen right from the source. Caring for plants creates a feeling of purpose and can help those with anxiety or depression. Plants have been proven to suppress the nervous system and relax the mind instantly. When I think of the color green I think of nature, health and being in a state of tranquility. It is the same logic behind bringing plants and flowers to someone who is sick or in the hospital.  Plants will bring a presence of the natural world and cheer someone up when they are not feeling well. Having a few plants in your bedroom or living room will force you to open the curtains and let some sunlight in. By doing this you are bringing natural light into your home and you are helping the house plants to thrive.

I may sound like a crazy plant lady, but I think anyone can benefit from having some greenery in their lives. We are surrounded by buildings and concrete regularly, why not take the time out of your busy schedule to breathe and create your very own indoor jungle? Surrounding yourself with plants, being still and focusing on your breathing will flourish your mental health. They give us oxygen, happiness, purpose and let’s not forget –food. With daily reports on food recalls plus chemicals being sprayed onto the fruits and vegetables we consume, who can truly trust our forms of nutrition? Recycle seeds, plant them and before you know it, you’ll have naturally grown meals from root to plate. Creativity, concentration, happiness and health can all be achieved with the help of a few friends. Sometimes all you have to do is dig your hands in the dirt.

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