6 Soul Renewing Reasons to Have Plants and Herbs at Home
Plants and herbs are not only beautiful, they can have a lot of physical, emotional, mental and spirit health benefits when we keep them around. Although it is awesome to spend time with plant life in an outdoor garden, or even out in nature sometimes with the changes in season, due to our living conditions, it is not always something we can do daily.
Here are 6 remarkable reasons why having a house plant (or several) can be good for the soul.
1. Cleans the Air and Reduces Carbon Dioxide
Plants are exceptional for producing oxygen and keeping the air clean. Having fresh air in your home is great for staying healthy, reducing illness, and generally maintaining a good blood oxygen level.
2. Reduces Stress and Illness
For many, simply looking at a plant reduces stress. They are beautiful, green, alive, and really help improve morale. They are also good for the bottom line, as the Dutch Product Board discovered. The board did a study on plants in the workplace and found that having plant life around reduces colds, coughs, sore throats, the flu, and fatigue.
Another study in Norway found that illness falls 60% when you have plants in your office. Just imagine the reduction of stress on a workplace when we are healthier and can use our time off for fun instead of illness.
3. Focus Improves
Seventy percent (70%) of students found that they have greater focus in classrooms containing plants according to a study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester. The students were also more motivated to show up and participate in lessons taught around plants.
It seems that we feel better and it’s easier to learn when we surround ourselves with nature.
4. Reduce Dust and Pollutants
Plants naturally clean and even seem to detox the air. Plants will reduce dust in your space and clean out many airborne toxins and pollutants.
5. Plants Reduce Background Noise and Create a More Zen Environment
Did you know that having several plants in a room can help quiet the space? Plant life helps absorb excess sound which can create a more zen-like environment and really help improve focus and a sense of stillness. This makes it easier to stay centered and grounded.
6. Spiritual Boosting/Sacred Plants
Connecting with plant life as part of ritual, meditation, or just by living together can be a sacred experience. Showing a plant gratitude and learning to carefully care for the plant can be a tactile way to incorporate mindfulness meditation and quiet the mind.
Herbs for Winter
When having plants inside, it is really enjoyable having herbs that are edible. This helps create a space with both the benefits of having plant life inside the home and also providing some nourishment. Having fresh herbs can inspire one to cook healthy homemade meals. This substantially improves the quality, price, and enjoyment of meals as well as helps form a greater appreciation for the plants in one’s space.
How to Grow Basil at Home
I found a helpful guide for growing Basil in your home. I recommend finding several herbs that you enjoy and look up fun recipes to cook with them.
Basil is a nutrient dense herb that has been shown to reduce stress. It is packed with vitamin A and can be used as both an antibacterial as well as inflammation reducing agent. Basil can also help protect your chromosomes from damage. As you get to know each plant that you nurture you will find there there is a lot of healing powers in the food we choose to eat.