It goes without saying that cacti, succulents and other indoor plants are more than welcome addition to your home. They look good, they can be tied up with many different styles and they to complete a room. However, many may wonder whether those plants serve any greater purpose, other than being eye candy? What do you think?
Well, if you’re uncertain about it, we can help you out. The answer to the question of whether cacti offer anything else but a pretty sight is a resounding yes. There are many different benefits to these plants, a lot more than it meets than you might think if we’re being completely honest.
Now, the benefits we’re especially interested in today are the health benefits and the effect these indoor plants have on your emotional and physical health and well-being. If you still don’t believe us, stick around for a few more moments, as we’re about to talk about each individual health benefit of the cacti you might have lying around your home. Without further ado, let’s get started.
1. Improved Air Quality
We’re all probably familiar with the concept of breathing, but just for the fun of it, let’s go over it one more time. When we breathe, we convert oxygen into CO2. We inhale the oxygen from the air around us and we exhale carbon dioxide or CO2. Plants on the other hand do it the other way around. Granted, plants don’t have lung and they don’t breathe in the same sense of the word, but they do enjoy a fresh batch of CO2, unlike us. So, the plants take the CO2 in and they give us the oxygen we all enjoy and depend on.
Cacti are no different from the other plants. They absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out and they covert it back to oxygen. Considering how important air quality is for our well-being, it’s safe to say that cacti are our first line of defence against air pollution. If you live in a crowded city, you know how bad the air can get, so, any form of help is more than welcome. So, don’t waste your money on air purifiers and other electronic gadgets that cost a lot of money and more often than not, do nothing but increase the humidity in your room. Invest in indoor plants instead.
2. They Make You And Your Family Happier
Everyone and their grandma know that happiness could very well be the key to our health. We’ve all heard of stress-induced diseases and health issues and we know how hard it is to be truly happy in today’s society. You’re burdened daily with all kinds of different problems, mostly from work. And sometimes, all we want to do is escape the stress and pressure of everyday life and relax even it’s just for a minute.
On that note, it’s been proven that nature has a calming effect on us, humans, in a way that nothing else does. So, having a piece of nature right in your living room or bedroom will make the ‘escape’ a little bit easier.
Indoor plants are known for their calming effects on our psyche. Not only that, it’s been proven that they elevate our mood and make us a lot happier. Surrounding yourself with gorgeous, colourful cacti can be extremely beneficial to your health, especially mental.
The best thing about it? It will affect your family in the same exact way. With that in mind, it’s easy to see how the overall well-being and happiness of a family can impact our health. Also, you what they say – those who care for plants, care for other people even more.
3. They Can Improve Your Productivity
Being lazy and unproductive is anything but good for your health – you’d agree, right? Well, according to succulentmarket.com, cacti and succulents can help you boost your productivity and motivation. Now, you may wonder – how is that possible? Well, for one, the positive impact of plants on humans is well known. The colour green provides us with a soothing and relaxing experience and being in presence of beautiful thing naturally improves our mood.
As you all know, productivity and being moody don’t really go hand in hand. With that in mind, simply by increasing your mood, cacti can impact your will and desire to work, thus making you more productive. So, regardless of whether you work from home or from your office, make sure you have a little green buddy or two laying around your desk.
4. They May Help You Heal
Now, this one sounds outrageous, but research has shown that having plants in the room in which a patient is recovering can help that person recover more quickly. Many hospitals have started practising putting indoor plants in a room with patients as it’s been shown that it can benefit them in some way. So, if you’re hurting or recovering, you may try placing a cactus or two in the room you spend the most time and seeing for yourself. It certainly can’t hurt – can it?
Now, let’s talk about one member of the succulent family, in particular, the one we all love and respect for its many wonderful properties – Aloe Vera.
5. Helps With Heartburn
GERD is a disorder many suffer from. Although it is nothing to be extremely worried about, it’s an unpleasant experience nevertheless. Luckily, consuming aloe vera gel from time to time can significantly reduce GERD symptoms.
6. It Lowers Blood Sugar
People who suffer from diabetes can greatly benefit from consuming aloe vera juice daily as it was shown that it helps reduce blood sugar levels. It is possible that aloe vera will be used in future treatments, but for now, it’s nothing more than a natural remedy that can be helpful in some instances.
7. It Makes Your Skin Glow
Nothing says healthy like clean, glowing skin. Aloe vera is quite commonly used as a part of facial cosmetics for its skin-restoring qualities, but, you don’t have to waste money on expensive products. Simply applying some aloe vera gel, straight from the leaf, directly onto your skin, you can have magnificent results in a matter of weeks.
If we’re being honest, we could go on and on about every individual succulent’s benefits to your health, but it would take us an eternity to go through it all. We hope that the things we’ve shown you have made enough of a difference for you to consider adding a cactus or two to your home if you don’t already have some. But hey, you can never have too many, right?