The Health Benefits of House Plants (and How to Decorate with Them)

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and Body
Experts reveal exactly how to set up organic elements in your
home for maximum health benefits.
Photo: By Photographee.eu/Shutterstock Forest bathing, or
“shinrin-yoku” in Japanese, is the practice of regularly noticing,
experiencing, and appreciating the natural world around you. It’s a
philosophy built on the belief that it is in our human nature to
crave the company of trees. “Bathing” or immersing your senses in a
forest-like atmosphere is central to Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and
Shinto, and is thought to improve the overall quality of life. Qing
Li, M.D., the world’s leading expert in forest medicine, explains
this phenomenon in Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find
Health And Happiness.  Dr. Li found that forest bathing can
actually reduce blood pressure, lower stress, and even improve
concentration and memory, among other benefits. The best part is
that you don’t have to live near a wooded area to reap the benefits
of the latest health craze. Incorporating organic elements into
your home will help you stay in constant contact with nature. Real
Simple curated a list of products and tips from Dr. Li as well as
from Dee Schlotter, the senior color marketing manager at PPG
Paints, to help bring the forest effect into your home. How to
Incorporate House Plants Into Your Home 1. Create indoor space for
growing plants.  Consider incorporating a green wall or mounted
planter to add some life to an office or family room. You can also
add plants to cabinets or window ledges, points out Schlotter.  2.
Incorporate plants that act as natural air purifiers.  “Plants act
like sponges, soaking up the toxic chemicals found in paints,
fabric, cigarettes, and cleaning products,” says Dr. Li. “The
top-ten air purifying plants are: Peace Lily, Golden Pothos,
English Ivy, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue,
Bamboo Palm, Azalea, Red-Edge Dracaena, and the Spider Plant.”  3.
Add greenery to your home in unexpected places.  “Natural moss
shower mats are a great way to reconnect to the earth’s electrical
charge and make you feel more grounded, even if you reside in a
high-rise apartment,” says Schlotter, PPG.  4. No window in your
office? Hang pictures of nature.  “Have a picture of nature as a
screensaver on your computer, or as a lock screen on your phone,”
says Dr. Li. “Pin photographs of the countryside on the wall near
your desk.” Schlotter also suggests infusing “your space with
nature-inspired colors like the PPG 2019 Color of the Year, Night
Watch (PPG1145-7) — a classic shade of green that allows
homeowners to emulate the euphoria and the healing power of being
in nature.” (Related: If You Do One Thing This Month…Bring a
Plant to Work) 5. Fill your home with woodsy scents.  “Reed
diffusers are good for when you can’t plug something in: look for
ones with white cypress, hinoki wood and leaf, rosemary,
cedarwood, eucalyptus, and pine for a true Japanese forest bathing
experience,” says Dr. Li. (Related: The Best Essential Oil
Diffusers That Double As Tasteful Decor) 6. Eat fresh herbs. 
Growing them in your home will add an element of green to your
space, and fresh herbs are good for you, too. This herb
saver will preserve your herbs for up to three weeks. This story
originally appeared on RealSimple.com by Stephanie Harris. 

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