By Shelby Deering | Photography by Sunny Frantz
Instagram is brimming with houseplant-clad interiors these days, but did you know that they serve a greater purpose than acting as living décor? First of all, some houseplants, like spider plants and English ivy, have the ability to clean the air when several plants are grown in a small space. Be sure to pair this with other elements that can improve your home’s air quality, like purchasing an air purifier and opting for eco-friendly low-VOC paint.
Plants have also long been studied for their mental health benefits. For example, in a 2020 study by “Urban Forestry and Urban Greening,” 74% of the 4,200 participants from 46 countries reported that their houseplants had a positive impact on their emotional health during lockdown. Scientists have proven that plants have the power to reduce anxiety and depression, increase happiness and foster mindfulness.
Caring for plants is a soothing activity, down to the dirt where they reside. According to a 2007 Neuroscience report, non-harmful bacteria in the soil affects the brain similarly to antidepressants. It’s a good reason to get your hands dirty.
As for maintenance, optimal water and sunshine (and a whole lot of plant-specific YouTube videos) are the essentials. If you have a black thumb, there are some plants that can virtually survive anything. Look to snake plants, ZZ plants and philodendrons if you can only give them minimal attention.
Green up your home with the help of local plant purveyors Wildewood and Briar Loft and cultivate your spaces along with your well-being.