A practical healer
To many, it’s common sense that flowers and plants ease stress and increase positive energy. But what’s the science behind this practical remedy?
University of North Florida’s Department of Public Health – The Impact of Flowers on Perceived Stress Among Women
170 women completed a questionnaire at the beginning and end of the flower trial. After the group were given different gifts (candles, flowers, and no gift), the women with flowers at home had significantly lower stress levels than the others. According to lead researcher Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D., “It is both intuitive and scientifically known that adding elements of nature, like flowers, to interiors promotes wellbeing. When life seems to be in a constant state of frenzy, flowers can provide us with a much-needed moment of calm.”
Flowers (and plants) + their unique healing effects
Chrysanthemums – known as the bedtime tea. For generations this flower was used to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and its antioxidant properties can help your body eliminate stress hormones. It’s packed with vitamins and herbal properties making it a healthy, attractive product.
Calendulas – has a reputation for wound healing. Calendula is popular for its antifungal and antimicrobial properties that infections and healing injuries to body tissues. Like Chrysanthemums, their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components can help to protect against heart disease, ease muscle fatigue, and fight cancer. Their bright colors and herbal benefits are proof of why flowers are a human’s best friend.
Chinese evergreen – known to improve indoor air quality. To get all scientific on you – it takes the process of photosynthesis and carbon dioxide for this plant to absorb air pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene. In Fengshui, the Chinese evergreen’s calming green colors and leaf-like spears make it a wonderful addition to the bedroom.
Jasmine – a natural relaxant for our minds and bodies. A study conducted at the Wheeling Jesuit University of West Virginia found that subjects who slept in rooms with jasmine slept more peacefully and reportedly woke up with less anxiety. More commonly used in oil form for aromatherapy, it’s another example of the science behind our elevated emotional response to flowers.
English ivy – purifies indoor air. Who doesn’t love ivy? They’re beautiful and are superheroes when it comes to cleaning the air. This plant can rid homes of up to 94% of its mold in 12 hours which ultimately helps people suffering from allergies and asthma. English ivy can also treat skin burns, joint pain, swelling, and nerve pain.
Ready to add some greenery and flowers to your home? We have a large variety of plants and arrangements in our store and online!