Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Mental Health Benefits of Flowers

~Article from the Huffington Post~

It turns out that the 1960's activists who chanted "Flower Power" were onto something important, in more ways than they probably knew.  Flowers just like peace are good for our mental health.

Research consistently links indoor flowers and plants, with wellbeing. 
Park& Mattson in 2008 confirmed what visitors to sick people have know forever.  They found that patients in hospital rooms brightened with flowers and potted plants needed less postoperative pain medication, had lower systolic blood pressure and pulse rates, were less anxious and tired and generally were in a more positive psychological state then patients in rooms without plants and flowers.

Your living room isn't a hospital room but if flowers and plants do so many good things for hospital patients, they must make your day at least a little better.  Flowers in the dinning rooms are also a good idea.  Researches from Wageningen University in the Netherlands studied restaurant diners and found that people with fresh flowers on their tables seem to be in better moods. 

Smelling floral scents also seems to put us in a good mood, and make us feel less anxious.  Flowers clearly aren't going to eliminate the need for medication, but they may take the edge off during exams or before presentations. 

When you're picking a bunch of flowers in your yard or at the local farmers' market, remember that less saturated and brighter colors are generally more relaxing, while bold saturated colors will energize you. A bunch with colors that fall near each other on the color wheel will also be more calming; with the opposite effect ensuing if the colors are opposite each other. Curvy shapes have generally been shown to be relaxing -- make an informed choice.
Reading the messages sent by flowers is a well-practiced art. Think about what roses of different colors seem to "say." Ever been disappointed when a potential partner you fancy shows up at your door with yellow roses instead of red ones? In the Internet era, symbolic snafus are harder to explain away. When in doubt, Google.

Enhancing the interior of your house with flowers and plants isn't an excuse to throw environmental responsibility to the wind. Local will probably last longer, anyway.
Flowers and plants in your home have positive psychological payback. Think of them as part of your mental health treatment program.

Here is just one plant on a list of plants that are great plants to have in your home for health benefits

Aloe Plant
The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties, from soothing skin burns and cuts to detoxing the body, and it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants' leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: Grows best with lots of sun.