We often send flowers to our family or friends when they are sick or going through tough times such as grieving. We know that the flowers may help them and it tells them we are thinking of them.
The sweet smell that flowers give is well known to have a positive effect on them, we often forget that having flowers in our own home could indeed help us too.
The American Society for Horticulture Science carried out a study to evaluate if plants truly do have a positive impact on us. 90 patients were split into two rooms, one with plants and flowers and one room without. The results were wildly different.
The study found that those that were exposed to plants and flowers had lower blood pressure and heart rate. If they have been experiencing pain or anxiety, fatigue or depression had more positive feelings and less pain than before.
The patients in the room with no plants or flowers showed no improvement their status stayed the same, which therefore showed a clear indication that plants and flowers did improve the patient’s mental and physical well-being.
Plants and bouquets of flowers can actually also make us feel less stressed out, according to a study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine. The study gave college-aged women a fresh vase of roses for their dorm rooms, and the results included the subjects feeling more relaxed and stress-free than before.
Time to treat yourself to some flowers or plants for your home it would seem.