5 Beautiful Health Benefits of Fresh Flowers

5 Beautiful Health Benefits of Fresh Flowers

Those who gleefully chanted the words “flower power!” during the 1960s were actually on to something. Flowers DO have power.

1. Flowers can help heal.

While plants and flowers aren’t a direct cure for disease or illness, during dry winter months especially – when the lack of humidity can contribute to infection – flowers add moisture to the air, and this moisture helps with dry skin, dry throat and dry cough: all factors that contribute to seasonal illness.

Flowers Hydrate in the Dry Winter
Flowers Hydrate in the Dry Winter

2. Flowers can improve mood.

At the most basic level, connecting with someone by receiving flowers can help lift a mood because it means someone cares, and that is always impactful. Even if the flowers are bought and enjoyed by the same person, they can help improve mood because they look beautiful and smell fresh – two factors that are proven to provide an emotional boost. An improved mood can lead to improved health, and people who are in a good mood are more likely to bounce back from an injury or illness faster.

Fresh Flowers Make You Happy
Fresh Flowers Make You Happy

3. Flowers improve memory.

Can this be true? Science says it can! Flowers oxygenate the air, and this freshly oxygenated air can boost give a boost to our brain cells, which improves memory, clarity and concentration. Think of flowers as superfood for the brain cells!

Flowers Improve Memory
Flowers Improve Memory

4. Flowers aid relaxation.

The act of tending to flowers can be relaxing, and can specifically be a healthy way to work through stress or frustration. Also, the fresh scent of flowers is known to aid relaxation, thus sachets and bath products are often floral. (Who doesn’t love a lavender-scented bath or candle?)  Though we may not understand the science behind it, it’s tough to deny that botanicals aid in relaxation.

Flowers are Aromatherapy
Flowers are Aromatherapy

5. Flowers increase energy.

Having fresh flowers around the home or office is linked to an increase in positive energy. Their colour and scent, specifically, can boost energy. Additionally, flowers are proven to increase creativity (they’re linked to an increase in positive energy). Place flowers in your creative space or any place where a mental boost would be helpful. Sit by an arrangement of flowers when reading or doing puzzles or brain exercises. Enjoy the view and benefits of increased mental energy.

Flowers Boost Your Mood
Flowers Boost Your Mood

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Succulent and Cactus Plant Care

Succulent and Cactus Plant Care

How to care for Succulents and Cacti

In nature, typically, succulents and cacti grow in extreme conditions, with lots of sunlight, and very few days of rainfall.

Cactus in a Sunny Desert

As the desert is their native habitat, it stands to reason that the sunniest spot in your house is the best place to home these little creatures. South facing windowsills are ideal, but anywhere where there is lots of sunlight will do. If you find your little ones reaching out and getting “leggy”, they could do with more light!

Plants in a Sunny Windowsill
Plants in a Bright Windowsill

Always let them dry out completely between waterings. The worst thing you can do is over-water a cactus or succulent. Having said that, when you do water them, make sure you are very generous! After watering, and giving the soil time to re-hydrate, if there is any water that has drained out and is sitting underneath the pot, definitely discard it. Although they love to get a great big gulp, they easily rot if left sitting in water. If the container that the succulents or cacti are in doesn’t have drainage, be very careful not to over-water!

Seashell Mini Succulent Planter
Seashell Mini Succulent Planter

Often, succulents and cacti are planted with lots of friends, tightly packed in a container. They will be quite happy to grow alongside their companions, but eventually they’ll run out of space, and you will want to give them their own mini desert-scapes. Make sure to use a proper soil, specifically for succulents and cacti, as regular potting soil holds too much moisture for them. Re-planting prickly cacti can be painful if you’re not careful. Gently using a pair of kitchen tongs helps a lot!

Prickly Cactus

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Sweet Little Succulent

 

Graceful Phalaenopsis Plant Care

Graceful Phalaenopsis Plant Care

How to care for Phalaenopsis Orchids

These graceful flowers can last for weeks, and the green plant will live for years.

Water sparingly, once a week. Inside the ceramic pot that the orchid is in, under the plastic pot that holds the bark/coconut husk matrix that holds the plant in, there is a small space. This space is a reservoir to hold any excess water, as most orchid roots don’t like to stay wet, they just like a caress of water. This water can be discarded, to avoid having the plant sit in water. The roots are what look like relatively thick greyish green ropes, and shouldn’t be cut off.

Phalaenopsis Roots on a Tree
Phalaenopsis Roots on a Tree

They like humidity and filtered sunlight, not direct sunlight, and always keep indoor plants and cut flowers away from any heat sources and cold drafts.

When the flower blooms die off, if you cut the dark green flower stem just on top of the node where the lowest or second lowest bloom was, it’s possible it will send out another flower spike from that node.

New Phalaenopsis Orchid Flower Spike From An Old Flower Spike
New Phalaenopsis Orchid Flower Spike from an Old Flower Spike

As your flower spikes die, the spikes will go from glossy dark green to anaemic yellow. At that point, the spikes can be lopped off at the base, and the support dowels removed.

Phalaenopsis orchids originate in a tropical jungle climate. Typically, they use their roots to cling to the sides of trees, and their flower spikes would cascade downward from the plant.

Cascading White Phalaenopsis Orchid
Cascading White Phalaenopsis Orchid

After being forced to flower in the greenhouse, there can be quite a long dormancy period. The plant will likely rest for even up to a year, but once it starts to flower again, you can expect it to flower regularly, with the blossoms lasting for weeks or even months.

Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid
Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid

Continue regular watering during all phases of plant growth, blooming, and resting.

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Pink Potted Phalaenopsis Orchid
Pink Potted Phalaenopsis Orchid