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Health Benefits Of Growing Succulents In The Home

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Succulents are a group of plants that store water in their leaves. They have thick leaves, fleshy leaves and healing properties . 

Succulents tend to thrive in dry climates and arid regions with little water and don’t like a lot of humidity.

While they do need water to survive, they are drought-resistant plants that can take on full sun by relying on the stored water and nutrients in their leaves. If their roots are sitting in water for too long they will die from root rot.

Succulents are low-maintenance plants that require little care and are great plants when you don’t have a lot of space or just want to fill an area with small plants that do well as indoor plants. Succulents are considered plants that attract positive energy of abundance.

These low maintenance plants are an easy way to brighten up an office desk or indoor environment and succulents are highly efficient at gobbling up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere!

Good Reasons to Have Succulents

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The health benefits of succulent plants makes it a good idea to have several around your home and office. A succulent is the kind of plant that is a great addition to your home and helps to give your home an extra boost in helping to keep a healthy home.

There are numerous health benefits and different succulents have unique qualities.

Succulents help clean the air of dangerous chemicals and even increase humidity in your home office. This added humidity helps relieve dry, itchy skin.

It can also prevent sore throats, the common cold, and that dry cough.

Health Benefits of Succulents

  1. They Clean The Air
  2. Help You Breathe
  3. Prevents Disease
  4. Speeds Recovery
  5. Increases Your Focus

Bonus Benefit

You do not need much space!

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Fun Facts

  1. In a study by Agricultural University of Norway found a 60 percent decline in sickness rates in offices with plants.
  2. A University of Michigan study (That school up north! Go Bucks!) discovered that memory retention improved by as much as 20 percent when plants were present.
  3. According to researchers at Kansas State University, hospital patients with plants in their rooms required less pain medication, had lower blood pressure and heart rate and experienced less fatigue and anxiety.
  4. Succulents can contribute to decreasing flu-like symptoms, coughs, headaches, fever.
  5. Most plants breathe like humans, releasing carbon dioxide. Succulents, and a some other plants like orchids and areca palms, make oxygen all throughout the night!

There are different varieties of succulents that come in a variety of shapes and need little attention and minimal care. You definitely do not need a green thumb to have these beauties in your office space which makes succulent houseplants an ideal plant choice.

Don’t Worry!

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There is no need to worry about proper care. Just make sure your plant pot has drainage holes so that you have good drainage and not too much water.

These plants do not like excess moisture.

The common name Aloe (Xanthorrhoeaceae) and common name Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) are two iconic succulent plant groups, both groups having hundreds of succulent species. Both are used in folk medicine and lots of mainstream therapeutic products.

I mentioned that succulents have a variety of health benefits. I am sure that you have heard of the Aloe vera plant!

The Aloe vera plant has amazing air purifying qualities and can drastically improve air quality. Aloe vera plants can also contribute to reducing anxiety and stress.

The Smart Folks Said Get Some!

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The gel from the Aloe plant can also helps moisturize dry skin. It is also a low maintenance plant!

A number of studies have proven that succulents are a great way to improve concentration, productivity, and reduce stress and anxiety.

For example, a snake plant can quickly improve concentration, sleep and reaction times as well as instantly decrease anxiety.

Succulents also humidify the air, this improves the air quality in your home or office even more! The succulents release water vapor through the pores in their leaves during the process of photosynthesis, which puts a little extra moisture in the air and prevents it from getting too dry.

Jade plants, crassula ovata, are associated with good luck and need about four hours of light a day!

Agave plants have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can be used to treat cuts and burns and speed up wound healing.

If you are looking to expand, grab a cactus like the Saguaro cactus or Christmas cactus! These plants are beautiful and great for your mental health!

Be Calm

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These beauties bring a tremendous sense of calmness and relaxation. The Saguara can be eaten by chopping the juicy pulp and eating in a sauce or a baked good. It is very high in vitamins B.

The prickly pear has antioxidant properties, lots of vitamin c and fiber. Some say that the prickly pear can lower blood pressure.

However, stone crops have been proven to lower high blood pressure and heart rate and by eating it’s leaves. The prickly pear can be eaten when cooked.

Sea beans grow on sandy beaches and salt marshes.

They are high in calcium, protein and iron. Chefs are starting to put them on menus and you can now find them at specialty grocery stores. You can eat these pan fried or raw. They taste similar to asparagus.

The best way to keep your succulents thriving is to make sure the plant does not have excess water, bright light, and not too much moisture. There are succulents that do not need a lot of light. If you find a succulent in the grocery store and it is not by a window, it’s a good chance that it is a low light succulent that is making fresh oxygen without the need for a lot of light!

Help The Sick

A good reason to give succulents to hospital patients is because the plants have been known to decrease stress levels, decreases sickness rates and the presence of plants in different arrangements and need less water and attention than most plants.

While it’s not a succulent, a great example of a plant that everyone should have in their home is an Areca Palm. Areca Palms are plants that absorbs volatile organic compounds.

They remove more voc substances like, cigarette smoke, xylene and toluene from the air than any other plant. They greatly improve harsh conditions. Yes, you have voc’s in your home! Just trust me on this one!

This plant is low-maintenance and needs little water and minimal sunlight, although it does enjoy a humid environment. It’s decorative, but it’s also effective at removing harmful toxins from the air.

The next time that you are at the grocery store, grab a new plant and fill your grocery bags with these beauties! You can’t go wrong!

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