(BPT) - Flowers and plants are staples in many American homes, adding to the style and aesthetic of virtually any space. While the visual benefits of plants are widely embraced, many people are unaware of the ways plants can support mental and physical well-being, too.
"Plants offer countless benefits beyond beauty," explains Alfred Palomares, vice president of merchandising at 1-800-Flowers.com. "From improving air quality to having calming and healing benefits, plants are such an important component to keep in your home."
Palomares lends insight into the top benefits of plants and which species you should consider placing in your favorite spaces:
Have you ever noticed that when you visit a garden or park, you instantly feel at ease? Greenery has the innate ability to calm and reduce stress. The sights and smells promote calm and a feeling of escape, which is particularly important during times of stress.
Work is a top source of stress for many people, so it makes sense that plants are a smart addition to workspaces. The study "The positive effects of office plants" by Nursery Papers Technical researched plants in the workplace and found employees had many beneficial experiences, including:
- Depression/dejection reduced by 58%
- Anger/hostility reduced by 44%
- Tension/anxiety reduced by 37%
- Confusion reduced by 30%
Because many people are now working from home and children are attending school remotely, add plants to office and study spaces to reduce stress and make the space more welcoming.