7 Reasons Everyone Should Own a Houseplant

Benefits of having a house plant

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Did you know that houseplants offer a multitude of benefits that extend beyond aesthetic appeal? These natural companions not only enhance the ambiance and decor of a living space, but can also contribute significantly to our well-being and indoor environment. 

From improving air quality to boosting mental health, the presence of houseplants in our homes or offices can have a profound impact on our daily lives. Here are seven reasons why you should own a houseplant

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1. They Improve Indoor Air Quality

Houseplants are natural air purifiers and can help increase oxygen levels through photosynthesis to filter out toxins and microorganisms like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. These harmful substances are commonly found in indoor environments and can trigger allergies or respiratory issues in people and even pets. 

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3. They Can Help Enhance Focus and Productivity

Incorporating plants into workplace or study environments can help boost concentration and productivity. This is attributed to the calming influence of plants that can help reduce distractions and sharpen focus. Plants also enhance the aesthetic appeal of a space to help create a more pleasant and inviting atmosphere. 

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4. They Help Boost Mood and Morale

Research indicates that even short interactions with nature can unconsciously induce a calming response in our minds and bodies. Since we spend roughly 90% of our time indoors, investing in a few house plants can help to greatly uplift our spirits. Their greenery can brighten a space and, by extension, our moods — making them a positive addition to any living or working area. 

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5. They Help Improve Humidity Levels

Plants naturally release moisture into the air through a process called evapotranspiration (evaporation and transpiration). This can help your home maintain optimal humidity levels to enhance air quality and make indoor environments more comfortable. This is especially true in dry climates (trust me, I live in Colorado and the struggle is real), or during winter months. In fact, having plants in your bedroom can even help you sleep better thanks to the increased oxygen levels. 

Pro tip: Grouping your plants close to each other can create small pockets of higher humidity that can help each plant maintain its moisture levels more effectively. This is especially beneficial for tropical plants that thrive in humid conditions.

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6. They Encourage a Healthy Sense of Routine

Taking care of a plant requires regular attention and perhaps a bit of trial and error at the start while you're getting the hang of how much, and how often, you should be watering it. This can be especially beneficial for individuals looking to establish a sense of responsibility, or a sense of routine in their daily lives.

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7. They Enhance Your Aesthetic

Beyond their health benefits, houseplants add a touch of natural beauty to any indoor space. Offering a wide range of colors, textures, and sizes, they allow for creative, whimsical, and personalized decor choices that can complement any design style. Think of it like having your very own urban oasis in the comfort of your home. 

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