If you're reading this you've probably already read the about the 1989 Nasa study of how plants purify the air. No doubt that the news of plants purifying our home's air justified many an impulse plant purchase, I know it has for me. However, what I'm writing about now is how indoor plants are good for our mental and emotional well being.
During these uncertain times (can I just say F*ck you, Covid-19) and the devastation of recent bushfires coming home (or staying at home, as most of us currently are) to even just one indoor plant is comforting. Let's face it, there's no better feeling than seeing a new leaf unfurling on your (variegated) monstera or a baby Pilea peppermioides popping up next to it's mama. Aww, so cutes!
No matter what's going on in our lives these small moments of joy bring a sense of pride and accomplishment. The positive impact on our mental health with these small wins shouldn't be underrated. Studies have shown tending to plants, whether it's gardening outside or caring for your indoor plant collectionsignificantly reduces stress levels by taking your mind off the bad stuff and generally calming your nerves.
If you're someone living in an inner-city apartment or just doing the right thing by socially distancing from your housemates; there's only so much screen time you can consume before it takes it's toll. Research shows talking to your plants may help them grow with the added benefit of helping ease your feelings of isolation. Like fur-mily members, our plant buddies can keep us company without monopolising Netflix or leaving the almond milk out. What's not to love?
Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Send a plant!