Need a mood booster? Stressed at work or school? We’ve got a simple, effective idea sure to help. Add some plants to your life! Plants are so much more than lovely to look at… they are therapeutic, can sharpen your focus and improve your mood.

LOWER ANXIETY

Ever wonder why people bring flowers and plants to hospital patients? Sure, plants absolutely brighten the environment, but they can also lower anxiety and improve feelings of well-being – which positively impacts your health. Research has proven rooms that overlook greenery, or that feature plants inside tend to be more cheerful and inviting. This can go a long way to improving feelings of depression. A positive mental state definitely speeds the healing process.

SHARPEN YOUR FOCUS

Stress and low attentiveness are common among office workers and students. Plant’s air filtering abilities can heighten focus. Having an environment with cleaner air allows for an increase in productivity.

BRIGHTEN YOUR MOOD

These days, we spend the bulk of our time working indoors. There is no interaction with nature. During the work week, we so seldom get the benefit of that more relaxed feeling that comes from being outside. Re-creating nature indoors – bringing some nature to us – can really help. Adding a bit of greenery on your desk can change your mood each time you glimpse it. It can add life to a colorless room and relax you.

Lavender, Aloe, English Ivy, Basil and Peace Lily are just some of the plants which have been scientifically proven to be mood enhancers. The scent of lavender is used to calm nerves, relieve headaches and treat depression. Aloe is thought to bring positive energy into your home. (And, of course, its topical benefits in treating skin irritations is well known.) NASA scientists have shown that English Ivy is the most effective air-filtering houseplant. The smell of Basil can reduce stress. The Peace Lily is another organic air purifier that also aids relaxation. And we’ve only just scratched the surface.

Doesn’t matter where you are, surrounding yourself with plants will beautify your world, and be beneficial for your health and well-being.
Hard to believe, but Summer is winding down.

We bet you’re already compiling lists of things you’ll need to take to school, whether you’re heading for a dorm or an apartment share. While gathering your gear, don’t forget to include a plant or two. They’ll beautify your space, help to cleanse dorm room air… and maybe even remind you of home. Get ready to take some notes: here are our top five “Dorm Friendly” picks.

  1. Aloe Vera. Paper cut, bug bite, sunburn – Aloe Vera is the recommended natural treatment for many skin irritants. You need only cut away the outer skin from a leaf, and rub the sap onto the affected area. Keep the plant in a bright spot and water when the soil is moderately dry. With just a bit of care, the Aloe Vera will offer up some very welcome TLC. (And who wouldn’t appreciate that when they’re away from home?)
  2. Snake Plant. We bet there was a Snake Plant in your bedroom at home, because Mom knows the plant is an effective air purifier. Keeping one in your dorm room is a smart way to cleanse the air. There are several different leaf varieties, each adds a unique look to dorm décor.
  3. Money Tree. Legend has it that a Money Tree brings good luck and helps remove stress. That’s quite the dynamic duo when you’ve got papers and exams to complete. Just keep the Tree in medium to bright light, and water regularly for evenly moist soil.
  4. Cacti. So many varieties! Just pick your favorite and place it in a special spot. You’ll get kudos for your green thumb, but truly, cacti need minimal care. A bit of water and bright light is all it takes to keep them happy.
  5.  ZZ Plant.This evergreen is “top of its class” for easy care. It will thrive in full to partial shade. It’s also drought resistant, (very forgiving should you forget to water regularly). An extremely effective air purifier, the ZZ Plant may even improve the quality of your sleep, as it constantly releases oxygen into the air.
Parents and Grandparents…here’s an idea. Plants get high marks as “Dorm-Warming” gifts. Choose your favorites and let us take it from there.
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ADD A TOUCH OF MAGIC TO YOUR HOME

When you open a PlantVine box, we believe you’ll find the experience to be a bit different from opening other boxes. Inside you’ll find something alive; something that infuses positive energy into a room or a corner of your garden; something magical. From the moment you unbox the plant, you begin to imagine the perfect spot for it. Your creativity swings into play. You’re inspired to design a new look and feel, indoors or out.

Just as with the clothes and accessories we choose to wear, all of us also have a “Plant Style.” We’d love to help you discover your own, or take your interests to the next level. This season, we’re focusing on unboxing the magic of plants that bring fresh elements into your homescapes. We’ve categorized them into Style, Scandinavian Design, Holistic Beauty, and Nature. We’ve hand-picked various plants filled with texture and color to add vibrant focal points to your home and garden.  Here are just a few examples.

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Designing with Style can be a fun way to bring fashionable plants into your décor. For example, considered to be a plant enthusiast’s “must have,” our Philodendron Gloriosum adds strong visual interest with its rich, velvety leaves. Alone, or paired with other bold choices, create your signature style by combining shape, texture and color.

Interest in Scandinavian Design is once again surging to the forefront of décor. Inspired by its clean lines and spare approach, you’ll find many fashion-forward homes in Europe and across the U.S. embracing its minimalist ideology. To highlight and complement, we suggest various Philodendrons, such as the Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera Delicosa), or even the Snake Plant (Sanseviera).  Working with various shades of green and a mix of shapes, these plants become stylistic focal points. Of course, their low maintenance demands are an added bonus.

Consider for a moment the Holistic Beauty and Benefits of plants. Many different varieties bring more to the table than just their good looks. For example, the Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as a “go-to” treatment for minor burns and rashes. The Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans ‘Massangeana’) has been approved by NASA as an air purifier that effectively removes toxins from the air we breathe. These double duty plants are smart additions to home or office.

And what about those plants that get re-connect you with Nature itself? We have suggestions that bring a garden-full of birds, butterflies and wildlife right to your door. Case in point: Milkweed or Yellow Elder are natural attractors for butterflies. Sweet Viburnum or Pink Bougainvillea will bring the birds. Adding any of these will also bring… compliments from neighbors and friends.

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ON TODAY’S AGENDA: ADDING A GORGEOUS PLANT TO YOUR OFFICE

Work can be so stressful. Perhaps your project list is packed, or deadlines loom large and you’re not sure you can get it all done.  While we can’t help with workload, we can help with improving your work space. Not only will a plant offer tranquil beauty to your office, they also bring a breath of fresh air (which could boost your productivity). Between work and home, average Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where the amount of some pollutants can be two to five times higher than outside. Here are some top picks we know will “work” well at your office to add beauty and cleanse the air.

The Snake Plant is #1 on our list. There are many different varieties to choose from, including the popular Whale Fin or the Laurentii. The Snake Plant is incredibly low maintenance, and can thrive in a wide range of light conditions. It easily survives an irregular watering schedule, and excels as an effective air purifier.

The Money Tree could be a beautiful addition to your cubicle. Like the Snake Plant, the Money Tree is known for its ability to survive with minimal care and low light conditions. Many people believe the Money Tree brings good luck and fortune, which is why you’ll find it atop desks everywhere.

The Dracaena is our next suggestion. With its many colorful varieties, the Dracaena conjures up a tropical feel wherever you place it. The Dracaena is truly low maintenance, with high marks for air purification.

The Aloe Vera is a hardy choice, and thrives with very little care. Of course, its gel has been a used as a skin treatment for thousands of years. So, next time you get a paper cut, apply some to the wound for a speedy recovery.

The Peruvian Apple Cactus brings the feel of the desert to your office. You’ll find it to be a low maintenance gem that can grow to impressive heights and even produce flowers. It’s a new and notable choice for cacti lovers.

The Ponytail Palm is actually a succulent that stores water in its trunk. What that means for you is that it is relatively easy care. Its whimsical silhouette adds so much to an office scape.

After a challenging meeting, imagine walking back into your work space and pausing just a moment to appreciate the fresh, vital beauty of a plant. We think it’s a fabulous way to “dress” your office for success!