BY VIEW FINDERS

Pot plants can sometimes be seen as a nuisance to keep in your home, but here at View Finders we’ve been looking at their benefits and we’ve come up with a list of some of the best reasons to keep them around!

Here are 5 reasons to keep pot plants in your house

Improved air quality

They keep the room feeling fresh by increasing the humidity of the air and decreasing dust levels. This has a bonus effect for people suffering from headaches – as the cleaner air can make a significant difference.

Improved health and healing effects

House plants have been shown to reduce cold-related illnesses by over 30%. Some indoor plants can also have healing benefits (for example aloe vera can be used to treat sunburn), or, if you choose, you can grow edible plants like strawberry or mint.

Stress reduction

They can decrease your blood pressure; people with plants in their home are less stressed. This is because the colour green has been scientifically proven to calm us down when we’re upset or nervous!

Productivity and concentration

The presence of green, living plants in a workplace has been shown to increase productivity, attentiveness and memory retention. Flowers also have the added bonus of boosting creativity!

Mental health

The presence of plants around you has been proven to improve the overall well being of individuals and put you in a good mood. Caring for a living thing can also give you a project and something to feel proud of, thereby improving your mental health.

Over the coming weeks the View Finders team will be delving further into the benefits of gardening and plants on mental health & well being, and have some exciting projects in the works so keep your eye on this space!

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(Sources http://www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/5-benefits-of-houseplants http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health+news/the+health+benefits+of+pot+plants,17149 http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/31/plants-offices-workers-productive-minimalist-employees)