An incredibly easy way to add a simple health benefit to your life this year is really rather simple; it’s actually a benefit that’s scientifically proven to work within days. Could you imagine such a wonderful addition, not only to your New Year’s resolution list, but to your life? An additional bonus is that it could potentially cost you less than 25 dollars at your local nursery.
I know what you’re thinking, and I would love to answer all the “Wait, what – how?” questions flying through your mind right now.
The best part about all of this is that it’s simple and accessible to everyone – it’s a houseplant. Yes, that’s right. Adding greenery to your home will not only embellish your interior design, but it will also enhance your quality of life. Through photosynthesis, indoor houseplants have been proven to increase oxygen levels. A NASA-conducted study has shown that in the process, plants are capable of purifying 87 percent of toxins in the air within 24 hours, releasing moisture vapors that aid our respiratory function. According to Kansas University researchers, adding indoor plants to hospital rooms of surgery patients greatly improved their blood pressure, pain levels, anxiety, heart rate, and overall fatigue, to the extent that they were discharged from the hospital earlier than those without indoor plants. How amazing is that?
Here is a list of some beneficial houseplants available from your local nursery that will survive even if you think you have a brown thumb: Spider Plant, Golden Pothos, Snake Plant, Aloe Vera, English Ivy, and Peace Lily, just to name a few. It’s advisable to place them in your favorite areas of your home or office so you can enjoy not only their benefits, but also the brightness of life and well-being they’ll bring into the space. However, regardless of their placement, all of these plants will do well in low or indirect sunlight in your office, bedroom, bathroom, or living room. They like to be watered every 7-15 days and will show signs of neglect before dying off, so cheers to your thumb turning green this year. Personally, I practice “Water Wednesdays” to help keep on schedule when life gets busy.
When it comes to your health and well-being, some of the greatest discoveries are those that are small, simple adjustments. It’s always a great feeling when you come across little tidbits of useful information, especially when it’s not only good for you, but also fairly inexpensive. It really allows you to enjoy the little things in life that make a big difference. Here’s to bringing a little outside in this year to brighten up our lives!
Shawna Sabedra is a freelance writer.