Can indoor plants can help you cope with rheumatoid disease?

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Reduce stress and improve mental health with indoor plants

Touching and smelling indoor plants has been proven to reduce physiological and psychological stress.

This is good news for rheumatoid patients, who deal with the daily stress of living with chronic pain. Rheumatoid patients are twice as likely to suffer from depression and / or anxiety that the general population.

Being around plants improves mental health by lowering blood pressure and reducing stress, which in turn reduces anxiety and depression.

What’s more, even potting soil has mental health benefits. This is because soil contains microbes called “outdoorphins” (M. vaccae) which work as natural antidepressants.

If you want to try adding indoor plants to your home, look for plants that are easy to care for like cactus, succulents or spider plants.

Plants like ivy, lavender and red edged dracaena have air-purifying qualities too.

Source: Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults: a randomized crossover study. Min-sun Lee, Juyoung Lee, [...], and Yoshifumi Miyazaki. J Physiol Anthropol. 2015; 34(1): 21

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