Health Benefits of Having Plants

By Danielle Rubio
Web Content Contributor

So while in quarantine, I decided to start growing plants. It has started to take over my life a little bit. I started to wonder if any good would come out of having a lot of plants (well, besides their beauty).

It turns out that plants offer many health benefits and can help you in ways you never knew!

Surprisingly, owning plants has a lot of health benefits like helping you feel less stressed. I can see why gardening can be therapeutic as you get to go at your own pace and there is no need to rush anything.

And with indoor plants, you get to be in the comfort of your own home. Plants also improve the air quality around you– which improves your health more ways than one.

For example, plants reduce the amount of dust levels. This could be life beneficial for someone who has asthma. Also, if you live around someone who smokes or if you have a lot of carpet in your home, plants will help purify the air. Plants also reduce carbon dioxide levels, which helps cool your home down. Depending on the plants, they can increase or reduce humidity indoors.

Plants are also very beneficial for students because they help lower background noise. This can help when you are studying for a big exam and need to focus. It has been proven that plants absorb the noise. This occurs both indoors and outdoors, the plants are able to dampen the noise of a busy street or the noise of your roommate chewing too loud.

Plants have also been proven to help you focus. If you are in an environment with plants, you are more likely to be paying attention to whatever task you are doing. You will probably even feel less stressed when completing tasks. Got homework? A plant will help.

Lastly, there’s a plant for everyone. If you feel like you can’t handle a plant, look into low maintenance plants. These are small, but could make a positive impact on your life. I recommend becoming a new plant mom or dad! They can help your health, but also how you are doing academically. Do some research and go buy yourself a plant!

Header image by Danielle Rubio.

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