Written by Sarah
5 Benefits of Living with Plants
Plants might be on trend these days, but did you know that living with plants can improve your health and well-being, as well as adding the finishing touches to your apartment.
Cleans the Air
NASA carried out extensive research on the impact of plants in confined spaces and found that air quality dramatically improved with the presence of plants. Plants purify the air and remove toxic chemicals – just what you need living in central London.
Boosts Concentration & Productivity Levels
Living with plants can also boost your concentration and productivity levels. The University of Michigan found that ‘living under the influence of plants’ can increase memory retention by up to 20% – so when you’re cramming for exams make sure you surround yourself with greenery.
Reduces Stress & Anxiety
Having plants in your day-to-day life can help reduce stress and anxiety. Over the past 30 years research has shown that plants and nature can help promote feelings of relaxation and calmness, which can improve your mood, as well as lower anxiety and perceived stress.
As well as improving your mental health, plants can have a positive effect on your physical health. Plant-associated bacteria enhances microbial biodiversity which can keep outbreaks of pathogens at bay – in other words you’re less likely to catch a viral illness!
“Living under the influence of plants can increase memory retention by up to 20%”
Plants don’t just help you when you’re awake either, studies have shown that the vapour from some plants (especially Lavender and Jasmine) can lead to a more restful night sleep. The smell from these plants will help induce a state of tranquility that will help your prepare for a good night sleep.
If you don’t fancy turning your apartment into a jungle to get your daily dose plant power, The Project at Hoxton has you covered with rooftop gardens and scatter cushions filled with lavender and rosemary that give off that calming scent when sat against.