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Why You Should Keep Plants in Your Home

By Genevieve Cunningham

Keeping plants in the home is appealing to a lot of people. There's something about it that is soothing and peaceful. And of course, there's also the aesthetic appeal. Plants can look nice, and that's certainly a reason to consider them in your decor. But there are other reasons to keep plants in your home as well -- reasons that have everything to do with your health and well-being. If you haven't practiced using your green thumb just yet, take a look at these reasons to add a little greenery to your home right away. 

It's Good for the Air

Plants release oxygen into the air, and humans release carbon dioxide into the air. When humans and plants live together, we literally help each other breathe. It's an incredibly natural and beautiful cycle -- but amazingly, plants can do even more than this monumental task. Certain plants are thought to help purify the air, keeping the air in our homes clean and healthy. A quick internet search can help you find the perfect plants for clean air, and luckily, there are a few options that give you this perk while being simultaneously easy to keep alive and thriving. With the additional bonus of this ease of care, indoor plants are a possibility for even the most challenged green thumbs out there. 

It's Good for Mental Health

One of the best reasons to keep plants in your home is because of the potential boost in mental health. Plants are life -- literally. When you surround yourself with things that change and grow, you put yourself in a better mental state -- one that is less afraid of change and growth, which are essential parts of life. It's said that indoor plants can help lower stress, boost moods, and enhance focus. Plants also give us a little bit of purpose, which is something that everyone needs. When we commit to indoor plants, we also commit to keeping them alive. We commit to their care by making sure they get enough water, fertilizer, and sunlight. And in taking care of the plants, we grow to really care for them -- almost like a friend. If you want a simple way to improve your mental health, consider getting some indoor plants to make your home feel fresh and alive. 

Indoor plants are truly a good idea. They can make such a big difference in the way that you and your home look and feel. Start with one simple plant. Choose something easy to care for, something hardy. Once you get the hang of regular plant care, add another. Before long, you'll have a home of indoor plants that bring benefits to the air, your mind, and your life as a whole. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Summerville, S.C.

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