Studies show how flowers can ease stress, provide comfort and help us heal
You know that flowers are a beautiful and important part of our lives, but do you know how powerful they can be? Studies done in recent years have shown how flowers can help in many areas of our health and wellbeing. Here are just a few:
Flowers Help Patients Recover Faster
Of course, it’s common to give a recovering patient flowers, but it’s not just an expression of love and warm thoughts. Studies have shown that flowers can have positive effects on our health.
A study performed by the American Society for Horticulture Science determined that plants have a healing influence on patients: Half the patients were put in rooms with plants and flowers, the other half without. The patients exposed to flowers needed less pain medication, had lower blood pressure and heart rates, and were less anxious and tired.
Contemporary Therapies in Medicine also published a study that showed how flowers can reduce stress: Women in college were given a bouquet of fresh roses for their dorm rooms, and the results showed that each woman felt more relaxed and stress-free.
Flowers Help Create a Happy Home
With studies showing how flowers can help with stress levels and overall feelings of wellbeing, it’s no surprise that adding flowers to a home can significantly improve things. For example, many people choose to have a bouquet of flowers in their bedroom. This is a great plan, particularly if that bouquet includes Gerbera Daisies: Gerberas emit oxygen and absorb toxins and carbon monoxide at night instead of during the day like most flowers. This can help a person to sleep more soundly.
Additionally, placing flowers on a dining room table is not only a beautiful touch, it can also help with a more pleasant dinner conversation: Studies have shown that those who dine with flowers on the table are in a better mood.
Flowers Help us Focus at Work
Adding flowers and plants to the office can help in many ways: Plants placed in a room help rejuvenate the oxygen, thus helping those in the room think more clearly and keep the focus on the task at hand. A case study by Shibata and Suzuki also showed that seeing green plants helps with creativity.
It’s not just about looking at flowers; smelling floral scents can put people in a good mood and make them feel less anxious, which can make the workday much more pleasant.
Flower Colors Help our Mood
Not only can flowers improve wellbeing, the colors of those flowers can create different effects. Flowers that are brighter and less saturated tend to be more relaxing, while bold, saturated colors can help to energize. Interestingly, colors near each other on the color wheel are more calming than those opposite
each other—so bouquets of yellows, oranges, and reds would calm someone, but adding in a bit of blue or purple may have just the opposite effect.
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