Shower Plants: A Trend with Health Benefits
Shower plants are a thing. They've become one of the hottest home decor trends that are taking over social media. It's for a good reason, too. Besides being absolutely beautiful (hello, spa luxury), it brings some major health benefits that cannot be overlooked.
1. AIR QUALITY
Who doesn't want cleaner air? And we all know, plants go hand in hand with oxygen. “NASA researchers have reported that a group of common house plants can remove or scrub indoor air of various pollutants” said Dr. Clifford Bassett, MD, clinical assistant professor of allergy and immunology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Bassett suggests Mother-In-Law's Tongue, English Ivy and Peace Lily, which all not only increase oxygen but will do great in wet, high humidity environments, like your bathroom and shower.
2. ENERGY LEVELS
Many of us shower first thing in the morning to wake us up, and start our day. But did you know plants have been known to increase vitality and give you a feeling of extra energy?
It's true! Researchers have even found a correlation of women living longer due to plants and flowers. Happiness is medicine my friends!
3. IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH
Speaking of happiness, living plants come with amazing mental health perks. Studies have shown plants have a positive effect on mental health, by decreasing anxiety, and giving a perception of higher quality of life.
Nothing relaxes me more than time spent in the shower. Finding ways to reduce your stress levels are so important to your health. Like taking a hike or walk around the neighborhood. So why not combine the these two known stress reducers: nature & shower?!
4. PHYSICAL HEALTH
Did you know that 10% of the moisture in the air is released by plants? Yes, your shower will be pretty humid already, but added plants can help the moisture levels even when the shower is off. And when it's on, the plant's natural oils will release into the steam. Certain plants have known benefits of reducing respiratory inflammation- your nose, lungs and sinuses will thank you!
TOP 5 PLANTS FOR YOUR BATHROOM & SHOWER
- Spider Plant - Close to indestructible
- Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-Law's Tongue) - Thrives in low light, filters air
- Boston Fern - Great in areas of high humidity and low light
- Peace Lily - Filters air and thrives in low light
- English Ivy - like high humid, wet environments
*We also like the idea of Eucalyptus bundles being hung from your shower faucet. Great during the winter and allergy season!