The weather around here has been consistently great. The days are long and warm, I’m lucky I get to ride a bike everyday and feel the chilly wind on my face; there are beautiful, bright flowers of all kinds blooming all around us and it seems to be lavender season in Germany – they’re everywhere and they’re stunning. On my five minute walk to the grocery store I pass by a ridiculous amount of flower shops. So I believe I’ve been treating my lungs to a pretty healthy daily dose of fresh air.
When I’m not indulging in all that fresh air, I’m sitting in front of my computer going down the Pinterest rabbit hole, because I’m a millennial and that’s what we do I guess. But oh boy, isn’t it great to waste – I mean invest – to invest all that wonderful time in daydreaming about the perfect house? I mean, that’s even profitable, Diane Keaton wrote a whole book inspired by it! I’m not even close to buying my own house but I already have an endless supply of ideas for every imaginary room in it. Thanks, internet.
So if you combine these two wonderful things: plants and house decor, you get a home full of personality, color and wait for it — oxygen!! It turns out having houseplants can really improve your overall health. And scientists have found that just looking at greenery can help reduce anxiety and pain. They essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which means it not only freshens up the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxin in 24 hours. They also improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent, reduce stress levels, boost your mood and overall happiness.
The benefits seem to go on and on: they filter the air and help you breath easier; they can even help ease loneliness, since getting to care for a living thing gives us a purpose and is rewarding, especially when you see it bloom and thrive.
I’ve been toying with the idea of filling my bedroom with gorgeous plants and joyful greenery, and after learning all this I am sold. I’m probably going to start small, with something easy like a cactus or succulent. They’re so cute and adorable, but most importantly, they’re low maintenance and also a wonderful symbolism for resilience: they will tolerate terrible behavior for years and will even produce flowers after years of suffering. So we can both be resilient together and eventually flourish.
Here’s some jungle joy and flora inspiration for your home, carefully curated by yours truly. Enjoy!