Becoming a plant-parent does more for your home than creating a beautiful aesthetic. Houseplants have qualities that reduce stress, increases productivity and creativity, and purifies the air in your home. Plants are not only an investment in an aesthetically pleasing home, but an investment in your overall health. Keep reading to find out which houseplants benefit your home and why—and how creators view them as integral to their daily lives and work.
1. Spider Plants
In addition to being super easy to take care of, spider plants are known for improving the air quality in your home! In a NASA Clean Air Study, researchers found that the plants remove carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide (gases found when burning fossil fuels). They also found that they remove about “95 percent of the toxic substance” formaldehyde. The spider plant is a must-buy if you enjoy breathing in clean air.
2. Snake Plants
Visually appealing, snake plants similar to spider plants, purify the air and remove carbon monoxide through absorption. According to Lifestyle Home Garden, they in addition produce oxygen, and filter toxins like benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde—ultimately helping to reduce headaches.
3. Aloe Vera
The aloe vera plant and the gel it contains has countless health and medical benefits. Containing antiseptic, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties, the gel from the plant is able to help heal wounds, sores and skin problems from sunburns to eczema. You can also ingest aloe vera as an alternative to mouthwash as it can block plaque. And, of course, it also purifies the air! Purchasing an aloe plant could potentially save you trips to the pharmacy!
Did you know you could easily make your own lavender essential oils right at home? The majority of health benefits that come from lavender are produced from its oils. These include reducing stress, anxiety, insomnia and instead promoting calmness and relieving tension.
5. Boston Fern
The Boston Fern not only improves air quality, but acts as a natural humidifier by restoring moisture to the air. This can in turn alleviate dry skin and cold-related symptoms like a sore throat.
Houseplants and Creativity
So, do houseplants really promote creativity? According to the Attention Restoration Theory, being immersed in nature (including looking at your plants) “provides us with the opportunity to rest, reflect, and restore our very selves.” As a result, this promotes health, creativity, productivity, and attention as nature has restorative qualities. Though an ongoing researched theory, I was able to briefly speak to three creators via Instagram who strongly align themselves with these ideas.
Photographer Dave Krugman asserted that “having plants is key to my creative space.” While discussing the influence of houseplants to his ‘creative space,’ he said:
The organic forms of nature are some of the most beautiful artworks around. Watching them grow, seeing their shapes and cycles, and caring for plants gives me a creative focus like nothing else.
This influence can be seen in his posts as it seeps into his photographs—that is—nature.
Photographer Oliver Covrett provided me with insight into how plants affect his creative process. He wrote:
I love to be surrounded by plants in a creative environment. Not only do they provide oxygen for our brains, but the limitless shape, colors, and texture provide inspiration for days.
When seeing several of his photographs being immersed in nature, I was prompted to ask which posts he was directly inspired by plants in his home. He provided a couple of examples:
Lastly, photographer Gabriela Gabrielaa speaks about the love she has for her houseplants and how they affect her in terms of her work and daily life. She writes:
I have 15 and they bring oxygen and good vibes into my home which is also my home studio and office now. Plants from different regions and different years of my career bring different memories and hustle back into my daily life. Bath time is Sunday which is a very therapeutic time for me. Plants motivate me to work hard because I know if I do, I can go and do what I love most, which is being in nature. In conclusion, plants are a great thing for people who whose schedules are too busy for animals, kids, partners, etc. They are my kiddos and I love taking care of them.”
It’s evident from Gabriela’s interview that she greatly values and cares for her plants and that they—and nature—both benefit her and her incredible work.
Houseplants not only contribute their aesthetics, but their healing and purifying qualities that promote productivity, creativity, and overall health—integral to creators.