Use Plants in Your Apartment to Increase Wellness
Incorporating plants into your indoor and outdoor spaces can greatly increase the health and wellness of apartment residents. Even small outdoor living areas like balconies and patios can become areas of increased health. Check out the following ways plants increase the wellness quality within your living space:
Placing plants along the edges of your outdoor space can help reduce the amount of noise pollution that you may otherwise hear. Traffic noise and noisy neighbors can all be reduced with the clever placement of plants. Choose a few different styles and heights of plants to help cut down on noise. Creating a vertical planter that hangs on a wall can also help with echoes that may occur depending on your apartment’s location.
Many plants that are small enough to use on an apartment patio or balcony can produce healthy food that has substantial wellness benefits. Vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers are all easily grown in small spaces and some can even be grown in a plant hanger. Other small plants like herbs can be grown in a small pot and provide extra nutrients and flavor to meals. Fruits like berries also easily grow in pots or atop specially designed hand railing planters that increase your outdoor space.
Improve mental health
Placing plants around your apartment is a great way to increase your own mental health. Having plants within view during your daily life, even if subconsciously, helps to promote peace within your brain. Plants bring aspects of the outdoors inside which can help you think of wide open spaces. This aids your brain in feeling less boxed in especially in an apartment complex with many nearby neighbors.
Help you breathe
Having plants in and around your home increases your daily air quality. Plants release oxygen into the air while taking in carbon dioxide. Plants are a natural air filter and can help to provide a quality living space for residents. Breathing in oxygen from surrounding plants benefits your entire body. The connections in your brain work better and fresh air may help you feel less tired as well.
Improve your mood
Certain plants produce scents that can invigorate the mind and body. Placing plants that give off refreshing scents around your home can also help boost your productivity. Plants such as lavender, basil, and mint all have great scent qualities that can increase your body’s energy. Find plants that you like by visiting a local garden center and choosing those plants that are both visually beautiful as well as give off a pleasant scent.
Help you heal
Recent studies have shown that plants have a positive effect on patients who have had surgery or are fighting disease. Patients in hospitals who had plants or flowers in their room needed less medication and reported being happier than those patients who didn’t. Another study suggests that plants can help reduce the time it takes to recover from surgery in providing healing qualities.
Using plants in your outdoor living space can help to increase your nutrition and help to buffer the noise from the neighborhood. Placing plants inside your apartment can help boost your mood and improve your mental health while also naturally filtering the air within your home. Consider adding plants to both your indoor and outdoor spaces to increase wellness in your home.
Jackie Greene is a blogger, gardener, and nutrition enthusiast. She enjoys creating organic meals for family and friends using the fresh ingredients she produces from her backyard homestead.