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Source: Kristi Olberding

The Surprising Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Houseplants

By Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

Have you ever visited a conservatory? As you enter, warmth, humidity, and the aroma of soil greet you at the door. The feeling and smell of the air cannot be matched. I walked through my local conservatory this week and the humidity that fogged my glasses, though bothersome, was a welcome change from home. 

If, like me, you live in the northern part of the country, the furnace blasting from fall through spring is drying and can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. But here in the conservatory, I could feel my hair and skin absorbing the excess moisture. 

Whereas we cannot and should not duplicate this environment in our homes, as the mold and mildew would take over, it is important to add a few living plants to our homes, because they make a difference in the atmosphere.