Plants Are So Good For You!
And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Whether we realise it or not, most of us probably come into contact with plants - or plant-derived products - at least a few times during our normal day. For a range of reasons, plants have amazing benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing. Sometimes we have no idea how responsible the plants around us are for improving our days.
Have a read of the article below, and then have a think about what you’ve done today, and you’ll see what I mean!
Clearing our air:
We need oxygen to survive! Plants are kinda amazing, as they absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and replenish that with oxygen. What an importance position the plant takes up in our eco chain. As plants soak in that carbon dioxide, they are also purifying the air, cleansing some of the toxins, dust and germs in your home, which linger in furniture, curtains, carpets and other household items.
This is helpful for a multiple of reasons, but mainly - because it helps recycle and rejuvenate the air in our homes, which makes breathing easier, helps with respiratory disorders, and creates a general auro of zen and relaxation.
One of our favourite air-purifying plants is the Calathea Maui, which has gorgeous green and maroon leaves speckled with white patterns, and has been known for its incredible air purifying properties. The Zeylanica Snake Plant and Calathea Triostar are also beautiful, well-known plants which are renown for their air purifying properties.
Giving us the feel good factor:
There are so many studies that show an indoor plant by a hospital patient can accelerate the recovery process. Nature can help you to concentrate and be super productive too. Plenty of offices and workplaces are already developing their own green areas.
Plants improve feel good vibes for a range of reasons. Firstly, because aesthetically foliage and greenery generally lighten our moods compared with grey, urban architecture and dull brickwork. We all like things that look pretty, and visual beauty has a profound impact on mood for many of us.
Additionally, air-purifying plants such as the Lucky Bamboo help alleviate toxins, and also bring good Feng Shui which brings luck and prosperity to ailing, unfortunate people, or just those who are in need with a bit of a pick-me-up!
Re-balancing our technology-filled lives:
Our modern devices can raise the radiation levels present in our homes, so it’s always a good idea to dilute those Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) where you can. Plants can help to soak in those waves. Protect yourself with plants such as cactus or Aloe vera. This is a beautiful succulent, which brings a fresh burst of green and injects vitality to your home.
Aloe can absorb radiation, so placed by a computer it’ll certainly be doing it’s bit! Surrounding yourselves with multiple aloe vera plants is the best way to ensure that they are absorbing radiation and doing their bit cleansing the environment you’re living in. Place them directly between your devices and yourself for maximum impact.
Helping us to improve our living surroundings:
Plants can help to soften harsh architecture and decor, and also add an injection of colour, and you can switch it around as often as you like too. You can also change the look of your chosen plant regularly too, by using outer pots and sheaths of varying different materials. There are some super cool outer pots available these days, from slate to denim, so perhaps it’s time to experiment!
We are obsessed with this Clusia Princess & Jimmy Pot duo - which includes a gorgeous, textured cement pot and the lime-coloured, iridescent leaves of the clusia princess, as well as this Philodendron Imperial Red & Sandstorm Pot, which combines the earthy, clay baked, half dipped paint of the pot with the striking burgundy leaves of the rich philodendron itself. This is sure to be an eye catcher.
Protecting us from nasties:
Why not fight against those summer wasps and flies with a natural remedy, rather than the choking aerosols that are usually used? From Pitcher Plants to Venus Fly Traps, the family of carnivorous plants entice - and catch - their own prey and then digest the pesky insect. No more flies around your summer BBQ’s! Equally, plants such as Scented Leaf Pelargonium can be used on the patio to deter mosquitoes and other flies, thanks to their strong citronella perfumes.
We are particularly keen on the Aomiri Hiba, which is a slow-growing, ancient cypress tree which has been used for hundreds of years in the building of temples and prominent architecture throughout Japan. The wood of the Aomiri Hiba is naturally antiseptic, and more importantly - repels bugs and unwanted insects! Try the Hiba Wild Incense Spray for Pets if this sounds like it could be helpful for you.
Benefiting our immunity:
If you want to help boost your immunity by surrounding yourself and your home with a range of immunity-boosting plants, then we have just the collection for you, on our Immunity Boosting page. Plants help boost immunity in a range of ways. Some do this by air purification, others because they simply help us relax. Stress is one of the key causes of a failing immune-system, which is why people who are often extremely stressed and run down will be the first to catch the office flu. If you can surround yourself by plants which are relaxing and help create an aura of zen, this is a good way to ensure that your body saves its energy and invests this into immune-regulation and other important systems, rather than wasting it on feeling excessively worried!
We are obsessed with the Monkey Mask Monstera. These beautiful indoor plants have unusual cheese-hole style leaves, which are dappled, creating gorgeous shadow-patterns when the light shines through them into the home. They will bring your bedrooms, offices and hallways to life, and subconsciously make you feel relaxed and fully at ease.
Helping us to feel surrounded by nature
It’s no secret that being in nature makes us feel great. If you can use hanging plants to create foliage and green-spaces from ceiling to floor, then you will naturally absorb the evolutionary benefits that the colour green has on the human eye.
Have a look at some of our trailing plants for more inspiration! Whether you hang them up on door frames, flow their long foliage off of tables and desks, or trestle them along canes, they're the perfect way of enabling you to feel in touch with the natural world. Two of our favourites include the luscious Golden Pothos and the elegant Blue Star Fern.