The amazing benefits of the humble house plant

You know that feeling – walking into a home that feels like you are outdoors. The plants are thriving and the air feels clean.

According to Melissa Breyer at Treehugger.com there are some pretty astonishing health benefits of having house plants in your home.

1- They give an assist with breathing. “Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.” Melissa says that a few special plants – like orchids, succulents in the bedroom keep oxygen flowing all night long.

2 – They help deter illness. According to studies, plants release moisture into the air. In our dry high desert climate, plants help with dry skin, sore throats, and dry cough.

3 – They clean the air. A study by Nasa says that indoor plants help to decrease toxic chemicals in the air in tightly sealed spaces. New construction homes that are tightly sealed could use a little house plant love. Melissa mentions a few plants that are especially good at cleaning the air: peace lily, spider plant, gerbera daisy and chrysanthemum to name a few.

4 – They boost healing. “A study, conducted at Kansas State University, found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses as evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms.”

5 – They help you work better. “As with simply being in nature, being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity. Being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent, according to a University of Michigan study.”

So maybe you need a little help getting started on your way to becoming an indoor plant guru – Bend has some great indoor plant stores that can help support your journey to a green thumb oasis.

Green Leaf Garden Center on 9th and Wilson. This is your one-stop indoor garden center. They have fertelizers, seeds and tons of indoor plants. They get a new shipment of plants every Thursday.

Somewhere That’s Green Plant Shoppe in the Old Mill. This store is filled with interesting plants – cacti and succulents. “Philosophy. To provide, by most environmentally friendly means, to source, sell, and educate the community of Bend on creating green spaces within our homes.”

Root Adorned in Northwest Crossing. This little shop has home furnishing as well as lots of greenery. “As much love as I give to my plants, I feel like I get more in return. I love the energy and the life that they bring to a space. To me they feel like sentient beings, and it’s an honor to be with them and to care for them. Taking care of plants is truly my form of self-care. I love to go around and clean their leaves, check on them, admire their beauty, and watch their growth. It really is a selfish pursuit because I get so much out of it.”

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