Time to embrace plants indoors
Research into the benefits of houseplants to the indoor environment is well documented, and in our current circumstances the quality of our home environment is more important than ever before. Houseplants are just one of various biophilic design measures proven to improve wellbeing: that of bringing nature into our homes.
Apart from visual comfort in softening a space, the pleasure of different shapes and forms, and the fun of seeing them grow, a key consideration is their physical impact. At the moment the health of our lungs, and their vulnerability to pollutants, is sharply in focus. Certain species are of practical use as they cleanse the air of toxins. But there is also potential for a richer experience with plants.
Bloombox Club, started by psychologist Dr Katie Cooper, posts plants to your door to help you get immersed in the power of plants. Bloombox provides a great summary of how plants can be more than air cleansers: they lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol; improve recuperation times; and restore mental wellbeing and concentration levels – and with children running around and home working prevalent who couldn’t use more of this influence at the moment?
As Dr Cooper explains, ‘…it is when we interact with plants that we experience the greatest health benefits. This might be getting your hands dirty and repotting plants, carefully pruning leaves, or wiping away dust and dirt. If you can’t get out at the moment, or you don’t have an outdoor space you can tend, indoor plants are ideal to give a go.’