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  • Writer's pictureRachel @ True Vines, Inc.

Plant Benefits & Biophilic Design

Surprising Beneficial Facts About Indoor Plants!

Indoor potted plants act like indoor filters and air purifiers. They can remove up to 87% of air born pollutants in 24 hours.

Most of us love our indoor plants for their natural beauty and you might be surprised by what you don’t know about indoor plants. There’s a reason why everyone is obsessed with greenery: Indoor plants improve mental and physical well-being in ways we probably didn’t even realize.

Inhaling brings oxygen into the body, exhaling releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, of sorts: They absorb the carbon dioxide and release fresh oxygen, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gas exchange. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies lungs appreciate this great benefit.

Did you know our plants help us release stress. Spending time in natural settings help promote and speed up recovery from mental fatigue, slow down heart rate, reduce high blood pressure, and lower anxiety.

The data, collected and analyzed by researchers Charles Hall and Melinda Knuth at Texas A&M University and published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture, supports the sentiment that living in or near green spaces, and spending as much time as possible in both natural settings and cultivated green spaces, can improve mood, release the negative effects of stress, encourage physical activity and other positive behaviors, improve cognition, reduce aggression. Our overall health is enhanced we get a sense of well-being! This works in people of all ages under many different circumstances. So appreciate your plants be sure to have plenty plants around you.

Here’s to everyone’s health salute!

Other studies suggest that deep experiences that connect us to nature are due to the geometry and architecture of both natural environments and the environments we build to replicate nature that regularly enhance our quality of life. These not only have a healing effect, researchers have said, but studies in animals have found that such complex environments also increase brain size and the ability to perform well on tests of intelligence; Dr. Nikos Salingaros of the University of Texas at San Antonio believes the same is true for growing human minds, which are best nourished by exposure to complexity and details.

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of connecting us to nature by enhancing the places where we live, work, and learn, with plants. Leaders of large corporations aren’t the only people implementing biophilic design for aesthetic appeal and to enhance well-being. Public space decision-makers are also implementing biophilic design and adding greenery to the design of libraries, hospitals, and retail stores (for storefront appeal and well-being of course) are also adopting biophilic design.

Using the principles of biophilia (as said by E.O. Wilson as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”) to create a natural and human-centered approach that improves our work and living spaces through benefits to our health and well-being.

Indoor plants don't just add some life to your décor—they can actually improve your overall health!

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