Having moved frequently in the past ten years, I never had any plants at home. I always feared the weight as well as potential damage during moving out. And to be honest, my disposable income was spent in electronics, beer, restaurants, video games and fatty foods like any average North American 🙂
One of the plants is a Japanese Peace Lily. What benefits does this indoor plant bring?
The Peace Lily is a small green plant that blooms beautiful white flowers.
You can spend hundreds of dollars on sculptures, paintings or fancy photographs, but I find a nice plant like a Japanese Peace Lily adds more value in home decoration. It’s a timeless piece liked by kids or any visitors you will have at home.
I undertake serious photography and have spent over $15k in photography equipment. I am serious when I state that this green Peace Lily can be more adequate and beautiful than a large photo print. A healthy and vibrant Japanese Peace Lily simply makes your place gorgeous.
Boost Mood and Productivity
I have written about the benefits of walking in the forest, or forest bathing.
One hour walking outdoors decreases anxiety, depression and boost our immune system.
Having plants at home is similar to having a miniature version of the forest at home, 24/7.
Since home temperature and humidity is regulated, indoor plants have the added benefit of boosting morale and positive emotions even during fall and winter.
In addition to morale, indoor plants can also improve work productivity.
A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70 percent greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.
Being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent, according to a University of Michigan study.
Meanwhile, two Norwegian studies found that worker productivity is greatly enhanced by the presence of plants in the office.
When working at home with the Japanese Peace Lily, I feel more relaxed, feel happier and also make fewer mistakes.
A Breath of Fresh Air
A NASA study placed the Japanese Peace Lily at the top of plants removing toxins from air.
The Peace Lily is known for removing benzene, a common household chemical and known carcinogen. It also removes mold spores in the air, making it great for bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Finally it purifies the air of trichloroethylene, a chemical found in cleaners and solvents; and removing alcohols, acetone, and formaldehyde.
Many of those toxins are endocrine disruptors and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. They can be especially dangerous to pregnant women and infants.
Like all other green plants, the Peace Lily also helps regulate indoor humidity, reduce carbon dioxyde levels, reduce airborne dust and keep temperatures down.
Compare the benefits of a $15 plant to a fancy $150+ air purifier. A Japanese Peace Lily will be your cheap and natural HVAC and purifier!
And Low Maintenance!
A Japanese Peace Lily is easy to care for. It doesn’t need lots of light and can be placed almost anywhere, even in a cave. If I forget to water it, its leaves will droop. But it will come back to life easily by watering.
I spend a bit of time on my Japanese Peace Lily and I feel better. Look into it!