Succulents are a popular choice for beginner plant owners because not only are they beautiful, but they are also low maintenance and very easy to take care of. But did you know that growing succulents also has plenty of benefits for the plant owner?
Aside from bringing nature’s beauty into your home, succulents can also help improve your concentration, be used for medicinal purposes, and can even improve air quality.
What are the benefits of growing succulents?
1. Growing succulents reduces stress.
Multiple studies have shown that taking care of houseplants, in general, helps reduce one’s stress. It helps to calm you down, reduce your blood pressure, and ultimately recover from all of the stress you experienced during the day. Coming home and seeing your plants will help you take your mind off of that stressful meeting at work. Succulents are so easy to take care of that they do not add much responsibility to you as a plant owner.
2. You can eat your succulents.
This, of course, does not apply to all succulents. Do not just break off a stem from any succulent and start chewing on it. Examples of edible succulents are the saguaro, opuntia, yucca, and sea beans.
Eating cactus might sound weird to those who have never eaten it, but you can try making salsa with cactus because it has a lot of fiber and vitamin C. Opuntia leaves are only 23 calories per cup, which really helps you out when you want to eat salsa but are also watching your weight.
Yucca can be made into fries and sea beans can be eaten raw or pan fried. They can make wonderful side dishes to a light meal such as fish.
3. Succulents can help improve your concentration.
We all know that keeping a small succulent on your desk is a great decoration, but it can also help you become more focused and productive at work.
Several studies were done where subjects were asked to complete a reading task, one group without a succulent on the desk, one group with several plants on the desk. The group that had the plants on the desk performed significantly better than the other group. Another study several years later confirmed these same findings using succulents. The subjects’ attention and concentration improved when they had succulents on their desks.
4. Succulents have plenty of medicinal benefits.
For hundreds, if not thousands, of years, succulents have been used all over the world for their medicinal and healing properties. Succulents like the aloe vera and the yucca are the most widely known. Succulents have been used to treat gastrointestinal problems, burns, wounds, and more.
Yucca is now a known treatment for arthritis but has always been used to treat wounds and scratches. Its anti-inflammatory properties, saponins, and other antioxidants, reduce the joint pain and swelling in those that suffer from arthritis.
Aloe vera gel is a common ingredient in modern creams and lotions. Some people even swear by its effectiveness against eczema. Aloe vera juice is also a popular drink enjoyed by many. It helps reduce inflammation and helps with problems in the digestive system.
5. Succulents improve the quality of the air in your home.
Snake plants and aloe plants can remove the toxins floating in the air in your home. In fact, all indoor succulents can greatly help the air quality inside the house. This is because succulents have special pores on their leaves that absorb the gases in the air, such as ammonia and benzene.
6. Succulents can help humidify the air.
Succulents can release water vapor into the air of your home through the same pores in their leaves mentioned above. The water vapor will add moisture into the air and keep it from becoming dry. This is important because dry air in your home can cause you to have a sore throat or dry skin.
7. Succulents add oxygen to your home.
Other plants release carbon dioxide into your home at night, but succulents do not. In fact, these plants continue producing oxygen. As long as you are not allergic to succulents, keep them in your room at night to make sure you sleep well and have great oxygen flow all night long.
8. Succulents are able to adapt quickly to new environments.
Succulents are very hardy plants that come from places in the world that have the harshest of climates. Most succulents are drought-tolerant. This means that they can survive on a very small amount of water. If you need to take a weeklong trip, you need not worry about having to water your succulents because they can live up to two weeks without being watered.
Some succulents can also survive cold weather, even if they are native to the driest place on earth. Just make sure that you bring them indoors once snow starts to fall.
9. You can give them as gifts.
As mentioned above, succulents have so many benefits, which make them a logical choice as gifts. When you give a special person in your life a succulent as a gift, you are wishing them a healthy life and showing them that you care for them. Plus, succulents are resilient and easy to take care of so the recipient should not have a hard time keeping your gift alive.
Succulents can benefit you in multiple ways, from bringing nature’s beauty into your home, to lifting up your mood, to giving you medicinal benefits. They are very easy to take care of and the advantages of adding them into your home are priceless. Give them to your loved ones as gifts and pay forward all of the blessings these plants have given you.