Health care professionals and hospital administrators need to consider the use of plants and flowers to enhance healing environments for patients.

Park and Mattison, 2009

Research on plants and immunity

As coronavirus anxiety sweeps across the UK, we’re all wondering how to build our immune systems – not just for ourselves, but for those most vulnerable.

Plants support the immune system in three key ways: improving respiratory health, speeding up recovery times and increasing NK (natural killer cells) in the body.  

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  • Plants aid respiratory health
  • Patients with access to nature recover faster
  • Plants help us relax and restore
  • Being immersed in nature boosts NK (immunity) cells by 18%