Benefits of House Plants
Laura Lee - December 14, 2021

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

House plants are not only beautiful to look at, but they also have a number of benefits for your home and your health. House plants are a great way to improve the air quality in your home, and they can also add a touch of greenery to your décor. Plus, they’re easy to care for, so even if you’re not a green thumb, you can still enjoy the benefits of having house plants. There are a variety of house plants to choose from. Many people prefer to have air-purifying plants because they’re known for naturally improving indoor air quality. Succulents are also popular houseplants that thrive with minimal care and don’t require much sunlight. Let’s dive into some of their benefits.

 

Giving the plants a drink

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To begin with, plants improve air quality. All plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen. Some plants, like the peace lily, are also known for their ability to remove toxins from the air, such as benzene and formaldehyde. This makes them a great choice for homes with smokers or pets. Plants can also help you relax.  Studies have shown that simply looking at plants can help reduce stress levels. The calming effect of plants has also been known to lower blood pressure and reduce symptoms of depression. The green in plants can also support our well-being by increasing our attention and memory levels, both of which we need in order to be at work and perform well.

 

Plants can encourage you to spend more time in your home. House plants also have the power to promote healthy social interaction since they bring people together and make rooms feel more welcoming and comfortable. As a result, you’ll find yourself spending more time at home when there are plants around. Plants can also help create a more restful sleep environment. When your home is cluttered with artificial light, electronics and stress, it becomes harder to fall asleep at night. On the other hand, when you surround yourself with nature’s elements such as plants, wood furniture, and natural-fiber rugs at night, your body will respond by producing melatonin, which will help you get a better night’s sleep. So, the next time you’re considering adding some plants to your home, remember that they offer a variety of benefits for your health and well-being. Not only will you have a beautiful addition to your décor, but you’ll also be doing something good for yourself.