You've probably seen them all across the internet: the cute, mini, cactus-like plants that so many enjoy having in their homes. It turns out that they are more than just pretty; their have so many health benefits! Here are 15 reasons why you should start growing succents in your home.
1. They are easy to care for:
One of the many benefits of succulents is the fact that they are so easy to care for. They can thrive in many climates (preferably around room temperature), and they don't need to be watered very often.
Steps to care for your succulents:
a. Make sure they have enough light
b. Rotate them frequently
c. Make sure that you are using the right soil
d. Water the soil, not the plant itself
e. Use a container with proper drainage
f. Water according to season (more in warmer/more humid months, less in cooler/dryer monthes)
2. They can purify the air in your home:
Another great thing about these versatile little plants is that they can rid the air of toxins. This is especially great during cooler months, when the windows are frequently closed. Lack of ventilation can cause a build up of dirt, toxins and germs - so it is important to maintain a clean environment.
3. They increase pain tolerance:
According to a horticultural research study performed by the unversity of Kansas, many patients that had plants in their hospital rooms required less pain medication: the reason for this is still unknown.
4. They enhance memory
Memory was shown to improve by as much as 20%, according to psychology research conducted at the University of Michigan, when participants spent as little as an hour in nature, looking at photos of plants, or simply interacting with flora around them.
5. They improve focus
Do you every have trouble focusing? The Centers for Disease control and Prevention reports that 11% of American children have ADHD, and many other adults and children have less severe focus issues. Though according to Richard Louv, exposure to nature, even in the form of houseplants, can improve focus. He describes this is his 2005 book: Last Child in the Woods.
6. They increase your home's humidity
Some benefits to a humid home:
a. Cold and flu prevention
b. Reduced snoring
c. Relief of: Dry skin, irritated eyes, bloody noses, allergies, chapped lips, sinus headaches.
7. They add oxygen to your home
We all know what that means.
8. They can improve your immune system
The water that succulents release is an important step to reducing risk of illness. An office in Norway found a 60% decrease in illness levels when plants were added to the workspace.