If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you’ve probably noticed we spend a significant amount of time referencing the beauty and aesthetic advantages of Phalaenopsis orchids. While this is certainly for good reason — orchids are beautiful, after all — there are a few more practical reasons to keep orchids in your home. For instance, keeping indoor house plants can actually have several unexpected benefits to your overall health and well-being.
5 Reasons Keeping Indoor House Plants is Good for Your Health
1. Improved Air Quality
Plants absorb carbon dioxide from their surrounding environment and release oxygen back into the air. Since humans do the opposite, plants provide the perfect complement to our environment. Placing plants around your home can help encourage deep breathing, which can even help you sleep better. You may want to consider putting an orchid on your dresser or the bedside table in your bedroom.
2. Stress Relief
The presence of plants can have a calming influence. Decorating your home with orchids can help you relax and reduce stress, which, in addition to improving your mood, can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses.
3. Reduced Seasonal Ailments
Plants help increase the humidity content of their environment, which can help you avoid seasonal ailments like sore throats, coughs and dry skin. Some research suggests a higher humidity level can even decrease the likelihood of the flu to spread, so it’s even possible that your orchids could keep your home safe from a flu outbreak.
4. Increased Healing
It’s no coincidence that plants are a popular gift to bring to a patient in the hospital. Since their mere presence can reduce stress and improve air quality and humidity in a room, plants can improve healing times after surgery or illness. Plus, brightening up a dreary hospital room with a colorful orchid is bound to make anyone feel better.
5. Improved Focus
A University of Michigan study found being around plants helps improve concentration and productivity and can even increase your memory retention up to 20 percent. Improved focus and productivity can lead to an overall improved quality of life. So, next time you need to buckle down at work, consider bringing an orchid to your office.
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