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The Many Therapeutic Benefits of Plants
Wondering how plants can put you in a better mood? Learn about the therapeutic benefits of indoor plants.

The benefits of plants are many.

They not only clean our air, help us concentrate at work, and spark our sense of creativity, but they also have incredibly powerful benefits for the mind, body and soul. Wondering how? As it turns out, it’s pure science, and part of human nature.

They work as natural anti-stressors

Over the years, science has proven that working with plants lowers our cortisol levels: whether you are tending to your outdoor garden or your indoor greenery, contact with nature to any extent helps us feel more relaxed and at ease in our environment. Take this study, for example, which compared groups of people working with a computer versus working with (namely, repotting) indoor plants. Those tasked with the plants felt more comfortable, soothed, and natural feelings than those who worked on the computer.

They can relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression

Tending to plants reminds us of our connection to nature, and this connection can help us better see things in a “big picture” kind of way. Furthermore, there is a physiological link between nature and our cerebral activity— in one such study, participants who walked through the woods experienced lower levels of rumination and reduced activity in areas of the brain associated with mental illness. By mimicking the outdoors in our indoor spaces, we may achieve similar effects.

They literally make us feel good

Did you know that merely touching the soil of a plant can release serotonin in our brain? It’s true — plant soil contains a certain bacteria that acts in similar ways to many prescription anti-depressants — studies have shown that touching soil can release feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine in the brain.

They reduce background noise

City life giving you the blues? It’s no wonder why. Background and traffic noise is one of the primary sources of stress for many urban dwellers, even though they may not even be aware of it. But the good news? Indoor plants can help. Plants, particularly those with large leaves, reduce background noise and make our urban homes just a little more pleasant.

They are beautiful

No one can argue against the beauty of nature, and perhaps this beauty is part of what we find so calming, nurturing, and fulfilling about it. Simply imagine yourself in a stark indoor setting versus one with lush indoor greenery? As human nature has it, we’d almost always go with the latter.


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Five Proven Benefits of Plants in the Workplace
Benefits of indoor plants in the office

Wondering about the benefits of having plants in your office?

Forget catered lunches, kombucha on tap, or modern open floor plans. Most employees would forego major perks for a workplace with more greenery, and there is nothing like a few live plants to bring the workplace, and its employees, to life. In recent years, countless studies have concluded that indoor plants don’t just increase productivity, but they also reduce stress, boost creativity levels, and in general make us happier, healthier human beings. Whether it’s a small desk plant to care for or an office centered around biophilic design, bringing some greenery into the workplace comes with a handful of proven benefits and ultimately leads to a better work environment for all. Wondering how your workplace can benefit from a bit more greenery? Read on to learn more!

They clean the air

Clean air should be a given in our living and working environments, but unfortunately that is not always the case. In fact, many indoor environments are more polluted than outdoor ones, with things like synthetic building materials (think carpet, paint, wood finishes) and everyday items (household cleaners, pesticides, personal care products) filling our air with harmful chemicals and toxins. Cue in some of the best air-purifying plants, which will not only work to filter out things like formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide, but also add a bit of beauty to any corner you place them in.

They help us focus

What if something as simple as a small potted plant could help us concentrate more at work? As it turns out, it can. Studies have proven again and again that employees perform better in “green” offices, boosting productivity by 15%, cognition by up to 26%, and even doubling general performance.

Benefits of indoor plants in the office

They reduce stress

How do you feel when you walk through a forest? We’re guessing pretty good. Recent studies have shown that we humans have an instinctual desire to connect with nature, also known as biophilia, and that plant life, both in nature and indoors, helps to make us feel calm, relaxed, and soothed. In work environments that can sometimes be highly stressful, a bit of greenery can go a long way.

They increase levels of creativity

Just like plants boost levels of productivity, they also help spark our creativity. Studies show that by simply looking at the shapes of plants and their foliage we may increase our creative performance. Other studies have shown that the mere smell of plants and soil can spark creative thinking.

They beautify any space

Let’s be real: plants look good anywhere. They immediately bring drab corners to life, and they add a splash of color to otherwise boring white walls. Even if you have an office with virtually no sun, you can enjoy the benefits of indoor plants that can survive in low-light conditions. It is arguably one of the easiest ways to quickly beautify any workspace.

 
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The Best Plants for Your Bedroom
The best plants for your bedroom.

Looking for the perfect houseplant for your bedroom?

It’s simple. Bedrooms are meant to be peaceful sanctuaries where we go to rest and recharge, but unfortunately our environments are not always conducive to doing so. Not only do indoor plants have a long list of mental health benefits (such as reducing stress), but many also aide in cleaning the air and filtering out harmful toxins often produced by carpet, paint, and other invisible elements of our homes. When choosing plants for your bedroom, go for greenery that’s not only great at purifying your air but also something you will enjoy waking up to each day. Read on to find our picks for the best plants for your bedroom!

The Snake Plant

Voted by Nasa as one of the best air-purifying plants, the Snake Plant is an excellent choice for the bedroom for one main reason: it emits oxygen at nighttime, meaning a better and sounder sleep.

Pro Tip: There are many varieties of Snake Plants, but the yellow variegated type (Laurentii variety) wins in terms of air-purifying power.

The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

Looking for a tall plant for your bedroom? It’s no wonder that this structural beauty is the current it plant: the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is a true head-turner that will bring life and color into any bedroom.

Pro Tip: This plant can be picky. Check our blog for a wealth of resources on how to take care of this beauty.

 

The Peace Lily

Is there anything more peaceful and calm-inducing than the Peace Lily? This plant makes an excellent low-maintenance bedroom plant that looks great on the floor, a shelf, or near a window.

Pro Tip: Read our full care guide for the Peace Lily.

The Parlor Palm

Palms in general are known for their air-purifing qualities, and the Parlor Palm is no exception. This adorable plant comes in a variety of sizes and will bring instant jungle vibes to your bedroom.

Pro Tip: If you have the space, take things to the next level with the Parlor Palm’s cousin, the extra large Kentia Palm.

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Boost Your Work Productivity With a Desk Plant
See why desk plants are said boost productivity at work.

The research is clear: plants are good for you. But they can also help increase productivity at work, according to researchers from Washington State University. The results found that productivity was increased by over 12% when plants were present during simple computer tasks.

Productivity increased 12 percent when people performed a simple task on a computer in a room with plants compared with workers who performed the same task in the same room without plants.

Business owner Kamal Meattle gave a TED talk about this very same effect, and how his employees became significantly more productive after he introduced plants in their workspace.

Your office may already have scattered plants throughout, but consider the benefits of caring for your very own desk plant — not only could it lead to more productive days, but it may even make you a happier employee: studies have shown that the mere act of watering an indoor plant can release feel-good chemicals in our brain. Who wouldn’t want that while at work?


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The 3 Main Benefits of Plants
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1. Air purification

In 1989 NASA conducted a research study on how to best clean the air inside its space station. It concluded that certain common houseplants – which we sell! – are extremely effective at removing toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. And of course plants also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen as part of their photosynthesis process and are great for reducing the effects of sick building syndrome, which is basically the bad feeling you get when you’ve spent too much time indoors. Kamal Meattle gave an excellent TED talk on how he increased productivity at his company by introducing plants in his employee’s workspaces.

2. Increased happiness and well-being

Beyond the health effects of just breathing cleaner air, studies have proven that plants in indoor spaces are associated with “increased pleasantness, lower anxiety, and lower blood pressure.” They also help people heal, and it’s been shown that patients in hospitals recover faster and use fewer painkillers in rooms with live plants. Imagine that kind of effect in your everyday life!

3. Decor upgrade

Every interior decorator knows there’s nothing like plants to instantly boost the appeal of an indoor space, and no home is complete without a few leafy friends. Even if you take plants on their aesthetic value alone, they are very effective at making a place feel lively. Baasically, plants are an instant and easy way to upgrade a room and make an impact.

If you’re convinced and would like a little bit more nature in your life, try Léon & George. We have a great selection of easy-care plants and beautiful pots and deliver them right to your door in the Los Angeles & San Francisco areas.

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