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Plants can be life-changing. From food to shelter and everything in between. We need them in our lives more than we know.
Here are five ways that plants can benefit you and change your life for the better.
1) Plants are calming and nurturing
Have you ever had a stressful day and felt like a walk outside would get you back in the swing of things?
There is a good reason for that feeling. On a subconscious level, you know that being outside in nature will soothe your inner savage beast.
Studies show that the colors found in nature can have an effect on our mood. Many color theorists believe that green promotes a sense of calm, harmony, relaxation, security, and peace.
Walking outside and seeing the color green can lower your stress levels and that is benficial to your health. The lower your stress levels the better your body will function.
So think about getting outside for a walk in nature more often.
2) Plants provide oxygen
Plants give off oxygen through the process of photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis is when a plant takes in carbon dioxide in order to make the sugars it needs to survive. During that process, it produces oxygen as the byproduct. Pretty cool for us since we breathe oxygen.
How is it life-changing? The more plants, the more oxygen the better we breathe. I’d say that is pretty life-changing.
Some studies have shown that oxygen can increase your memory capacity, raise energy levels, detox your blood, and boost concentration.
Try this, go for a walk in a park and see if you can feel the difference. Try breathing on a crowded street with lots of cars and trucks and then breathing while in a wooded or plant-filled area. It’s a fun little experiment.
Every time I’ve done this with a group they immediately notice the difference and breathe a little deeper. Deep breathing in fresh clean air is invigorating.
3) Plants are cooling
Not only do plants provide shade, which is quite cooling, but they also cool the air through a process called transpiration.
Transpiration is when a plant sucks up water and nutrients from the roots into the plant. When it does this water evaporates from the leaves and sometimes the stems. It is a bit like a plant sweating.
This “sweating” process cools the surrounding area. Without plants and this process it could get so hot we might not survive. This is one of the big reasons for planting more. It helps cool the environment. If the planet gets too hot we are done. That could be really life-changing.
When you are out in nature doing the oxygen experiment see if you can feel the difference between the temperatures as well. It is cooler in the woods because of the shade and the process of transpiration.
Planting more around your home can cool your landscape and save you money on cooling costs too.
4) Plants are protective
There are so many ways plants can protect you. A windbreak is a great example. I wrote a post for Mother Earth News about windbreaks if you’d like to read more.
In a nutshell, think of a windbreak as a wall that helps slow down powerful winds like those in a hurricane. Mama Nature creates windbreaks along the coastlines to protect the area.
When we remove the Mangrove forests along the beaches and the dense trees around lakes we are exposing ourselves to the power of the wind. This isn’t such a good idea and leaves us more exposed to wind and water damage.
Having a natural or man-made windbreak surrounding your property can save you a lot of time, money, and possibly save your home and loved ones.
Layers are the key. Follow the laws of nature and how Mama sets up a windbreak. Read more about it here.
5) Plants provide us with food
This is my personal favorite because I LOVE to eat.
Just think about how hard life would be without food and the plants that give us this food. I for one would be very hungry and not survive very long.
Plants give us nuts, fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, flowers, medicine. Plants clean our water. They clean the air. They clean our soil. Wow, they are busy. I’m so glad they do all that work for us.
Without plants we wouldn’t be and that would definitely be life-changing.
This is why I love plants so much. This list is a small fraction of the benefits plants provide us. The more we plant the more we get back. So plant more today.
What other things can you think of that plants provide. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Plant Power On,