What is National Indoor Plant Week? It’s a Celebration!!!
National Indoor Plant Week is the third full week of September and was established to increase public awareness of the importance of indoor plants and their many attributes. Only some of which include cleaning the air we breathe. Statistics have proven that indoor plants increase morale in the workplace and homes. The plant is such a miraculous living thing.
Real life office studies have been conducted to measure the direct relationship between clinical health, complaints and plant installations. Recorded health improvements in offices where interior plants were added were significant. Results show a large reduction among employees in the areas of fatigue, headache, coughs and their overall well-being rose dramatically.
Further, numerous studies have shown that plants have a positive psychological impact on people. According to a recent study, employees exposed to interior plant settings demonstrated better attitudes, positive emotions such as happiness, friendliness and assertiveness.
When you add plants to your indoor environment, you:
- Improve air quality
- Reduce noise and distractions
- Decrease stress
- Increase productivity
- Increase creativity
- Increase humidity, which may reduce aerosol transmission
- And they are just plain pretty to look at!
Anyone can participate in this holiday. Do your part with something as simple as giving an indoor plant to a friend. Check out the blog post about the different meanings of certain plants and flowers. This way you can make sure you’re delivering the right message to the right person before you give that gift.
Research Trend: The Healing Power of Plants
Houseplant sales have been skyrocketing, even before Covid hit the U.S., according to research from the National Gardening Association.
While we all learn in high school biology that plants produce oxygen, the theory that plants contribute to wellness is a relatively new area of research.
Dr. Lauriane Chalmin-Pui is a UK-based Postdoctoral Fellow conducting research around plants and wellbeing. Last year, she authored an article for the World Economic Forum and & here are key points she cites:
- Just being in the presence of indoor plants can improve mental and physical health, according to a recent review of 42 studies.
- Houseplants improve air quality, which can benefit our cognitive performance – something that is especially important for people who are inside all day.
The Freeman/Lozier Library has many resources about indoor plants that you can check out here.