For many people who live in areas that have greater differences in temperatures from season to season, there is no reason you can’t have an indoor garden. Here is an infographic from the editors of Fix.com written by Jodi Helmer. Start small, indoor plants clean the air and add beauty to your interior environment.
Houseplants: Indoor Gardening for Mindfulness
Taking care of houseplants also has benefits.
Scientists have discovered a microbe in soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that is believed to be a natural antidepressant. You breathe in M. vaccae while working in the soil – through activities like repotting houseplants or cutting back dead leaves – and it triggers the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin, an ingredient in antidepressant medications.
Aside from the boost of serotonin that comes from working in the dirt, caring for houseplants also promotes mindfulness. You must be in tune with the plant, recognizing when it needs more (or less) water or light, when has outgrown its current pot, or when it is not healthy for other reasons.
Plants also grow and change with the seasons, producing tender new shoots, bursting into bloom in the spring, and going dormant in the winter. At each phase of their growth, houseplants have distinct needs, such as more nutrients and water during the spring and summer and rest in the winter, and each one has distinct care requirements. For houseplants to thrive, you must be tuned into – and attend to – their specific needs.
Growing houseplants also promotes awareness of the interconnectedness of all living things. Plants play an important role in the ecosystem, absorbing carbon dioxide from the environment and releasing oxygen, thus purifying the air you breathe.
Perhaps the most compelling reason behind the benefit they provide is that plants provide a sense of purpose. Without your care and attention, houseplants will perish. It can be empowering to take on the responsibility of a living thing that depends on you.
Source: Fix.com Blog
Infographic presented by Fix.com, Plant benefits infographic and text written by JODI HELMER
You can find more details on how plants can benefit your beingness including better mood, less stress, enhanced creativity an improved comfort at the link below.
Want to feel happier, more creative, less stressed, and more connected? Buy a houseplant. The National Gardening Association reported that more than one-third of American homes have indoor plants, which is no surprise given the abundance of research touting the health and wellness benefits of houseplants.