The health benefits of greenery
THEY SHARPEN YOUR FOCUS A study from the UK’s Royal College of Agriculture found students demonstrated significantly higher rates of attentiveness in a classroom that had plants. Researchers estimated pupils could concentrate for up to 70 per cent longer than those in rooms without plants, and found that attendance was generally higher in classrooms with greenery. THEY CAN HELP RECOVERY FROM ILLNESS
As strange as it sounds, looking at plants helps the body heal faster. In a study at Kansas State University, researchers measured the physiological impact of plants on patients recovering from surgery. The study found patients who looked at plants had consistently lower blood pressure, less anxiety, and even reported lower pain levels. THEY BOOST HUMIDITY IN DRY CLIMATES
Plants are thought to release about 97 per cent of the water they take in, so they can boost the moisture level in a room. Higher levels of water in the air can help prevent itchy, dry skin. And if you’re prone to neglecting house plants, clustering a few together creates a moisture-filled micro-climate, which means they take longer to dry out.