What were the reasons to have plants in the studio?
If you have been to our studio in Southampton, you would have noticed we have quite a collection of small, medium and large plants.
Every month we have a secret delivery from bloombox.co.uk. Yes, it is a secret delivery.
At the moment of opening the box that’s when we are delighted with the surprise plant and the beautiful ceramic pot that comes with it.
The bigger plants we get them from the odd trips to Ikea, which also have very good large basket/pots.
On our last trip there were these beautiful large Catalathea and Monstera.
We (maybe I ….) just couldn’t resist to grab them all.
There is an increase need from us (the society) to connect to nature.
We spend so much time indoors, between walls of concrete and man made stuff all around us.
It is no wonder that the urge of wanting indoor plants has hugely increased in the last few years.
I speak for myself. Back in my home country never had any interest in plants. I had the beach that I could enjoy pretty much all year round. And that would give me enough connection to the nature!
It could also be that I am in the house of the 40’s with no children, find myself wanting to look after plants, talk to plants, kiss plants and look after them like they were my children. You knows ?!??!?! hihihih
In all honesty it is very special to witness the plants growing, the baby leaves blossoming and them being part of my daily happiness.
I find that there is something exciting about having to read through their foliage to know if they are happy or not. So I move them around, water them more or less, a touch here and there until they show me that I have hit the nail in the head. You can see it in the way they stand, in their colour and the vibration they send.
At home we also have quite a lot of plants.
We have this beautiful Ficus Alii (Ficus macleilandii) tree, that someone was giving it away, taking over the living room.
The heartleaf philodendron is also growing tall and strong. Huge large leaves like in the tropics (it is a tropical plant).
The rubber plant grows fast in the summer and is so easy to care.
The cactus came in tiny pots from Ikea and have grown crazy, in some weird shapes.
And we have the usual herbs in the window sill with a succulent.
We repotted the succulent in larger pot this summer and she is blooming.
1 - They assist in breathing
Inhaling brings oxygen into the body, exhaling releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.
At night the process switches around, and apart from succulents and orchids and some other plants.
The good news is that no one is in the studio during the night, which is the perfect environment for the plants to do what they need to do.
The Clusia Princess below it is one of those plants that releases oxygen during the day. Clusia it is also a very robust plant but at the same time with beautiful vibrant green leave. It is a sweat heart.
2. They help deter illness
In the great outdoors, plant roots tap the groundwater table for water which then evaporates through its leaves in a process known as transpiration.
Studies show that this accounts for about 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere! The same thing happens at home/studio (minus the groundwater table part), which increases the humidity indoors.
While this may sound unappealing during hot sweaty classes, it’s a gift that moisture decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs, according to studies at the Agricultural University of Norway.
And other research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.
One more reason to rump up your yoga practice, during the winter and stay flu free! Book your next classes
3. They clean the air
NASA has made extensive research and discovered a then-new concept in indoor air quality improvement in which plants play a pivotal role: “Both plant leaves and roots are utilised in removing trace levels of toxic vapours from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.”
When talking about the relationship between plants and space travellers, NASA notes that plants, "provide nourishment for the body when eaten as food, and they improve the quality of indoor air. Plants take the carbon dioxide from air to produce oxygen that humans can breathe."
The Peace Lily below is on NASA's list of 10 aproved plants to purify the air. Peace Lily is a beautiful plant, that can improve your indoor air quality by as much as 60%.
4. They boost healing
There are the medicinal plant we apply in wounds, like aloe vera when applied in burns to reduce inflammation.
There’s also the act of receiving, admiring and being around plants and flowers that promotes physical, mental and emotional healing.
A study, conducted at Kansas State University, found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses as evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms.
If you are anything like me, you might find that in the winter you buy more flowers to have on display in a vase at home.
The dark winter can easily get to us without these little additions to the space (can be your work) we spend so much time in.
You can get a small plotted plant for your desk and it will make a difference to your day.
I hope this has inspired you to bring plants more into your environment at home or at work.
Sometimes it might take a while to get started or we might kill some plants on the way.
But if something tell you you want to have one or more plant around you, then keep trying.
One day you’ll find the ones that feel great in the space you give them and if they feel great, they’ll make you feel great.
Lots of LOVE
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