Why All College Students Need a Plant
Published on November 7, 2016 by Staff Writer
Add some value to your home or dorm room or office with a houseplant. Besides being energized by watching a plant grow and seeing the new green leaves sprouting, a house plant can benefit you in other ways as well. Benefits of houseplants include the following:
- Plants can help you breathe better. Plants can help you relax and take deep breaths as you get in touch with nature from the comfort of your office or bedroom. Plants also release oxygen into the air and absorb carbon dioxide. Transpiration is the process whereby water evaporates from a plant’s leaves, making the room less arid. When the heater is on, it dries out the room, as well as your skin and throat. Plants can help make your area less dry. Plants can also remove toxins from the air.
- Plants also help you relax! Studies have shown that plants lessen recovery time of patients in the hospital, and reduce blood pressure, and lower stress and anxiety. Plants can also help improve memory and concentration. Offices with plants are viewed by employees as better workplaces.
- While plants require some attention, their need for care helps you to refocus your energy and reduce your stress level temporarily. Caring for plants helps you to step outside of your focus on yourself, and feel a part of nature. Some plants require more care than others, so choose your plants wisely. If you leave town for periods of time, consider a plant requiring less water. If you like flowers, pick a plant that flowers. Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti bloom even in wintertime and require little care. Begonias and geraniums can bloom inside when fertilized periodically. If you move frequently, you may need to choose a smaller, lighter plant, rather than a large plant. Several smaller plants can create the same atmosphere as one large plant.
- Herbs are also good plants to grow indoors. Not only can you enjoy them, but they can be used to cook or medicinally. Rosemary and eucalyptus are plants that have a soothing fragrance, and they are known for their energizing and cognitive enhancing effects. Lavender, on the other hand, is known for its aid in relaxation and sleep. Mint plants are pretty green plants, and can also energize and flavor teas and other beverages. Aloe plants, in addition to their beauty and low care requirements, can be used to put on burns and skin irritations.
- Pothos is the plant with rich green leaves with some white on them that you see everywhere, in doctor’s offices, offices, and lobby areas. It is easy to care for and does not need to be watered frequently. Philodendron and English ivy are also plants that are easy to care for. If you wish to vary the colors in your plants, choose a Peperomia plant. Rather than a true green, these plants are more of a grey-green or deep blue-green color, blending well with greener plants. They, too, do not require frequent or regular watering. They can dry out between watering. A local garden department or nursery can recommend the perfect plant for your needs.
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