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A Bouquet a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Flowers are indeed good for your mental and physical health

By: THURSD. | 25-03-2020 | 3 min read
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Flowers as medicine

Flowers and plants are not medicines. Or are they, in a way? Does a bouquet a day keeps the doctor away? According to an article by magazine Elle Decor, flowers ers are indeed good for your mental and physical health. Of course, flowers cannot replace medicines, but they do help a patient to recover faster. In the article, Elle gives the floor to three specialists: a doctor, a psychologist and an interior designer. All three point to the healthy functioning of floricultural products.

The doctor

American sleep doctor Raj Dasgupta is full of praise for the effect of flowers and plants in a hospital room. According to the doctor, research has found that patients who have flowers and plants in their hospital rooms take less pain medication and experience less anxiety. About plants he says they can also reintroduce humidity into the air by releasing water, which relieves the nose and throat: “Lack of humidity creates an environment in your body that breeds infections. That's why in the dry wintertime we the cold and flu more often. Water released naturally by plants will help with sore throats, dry skin, and heavy dry cough.”

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Source: PHKA Studio

Of course, people with asthma or other lung diseases should be careful. Especially strong-smelling flowers, such as Hyacinths and Narcissus, are less suitable for them.

The psychologist

Here Elle gives the floor to environmental psychologist Dak Kopec. Kopec explains that flowers appeal to our two most important senses: sight and smell. "Smell is one of the most primal of our senses, and sight is our primary sensation. Combining our primary sensation with our primal sensation evokes strong feelings, happiness, and brings about a lot of positive moods." Flowers also help us understand the passing of time and seasons. Of course, many flowers and plants are available all year round, partly due to the globalisation of trade. But each season comes with its own feelings and specific flowers can help with this. Everyone gets a certain seasonal feeling when they look at flowers like Tulips, Gladiolus or Poinsettia.

The interior designer

Interior stylist Sarah Barnard, not to be confused with French actress Sarah Bernhardt – after whom a beautiful pink Peony is named – shows that flowers and plants in our homes have a calming and stress-reducing effect.

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Source: https://www.sarahbarnard.com/ocean-avenue-penthouse

Elle quotes Barnard: "Cut flowers can provide that visual, emotional, and mental connection with nature, which we all need for our mental health and happiness. In the design world, this is a concept called biophilic design – or design that reflects the human desire to connect with nature or other living organisms. It's why people feel so happy when they look out the window and see green, the sea, or birds flying."

Flowers at home isolation

So, yes, A bouquet a day keeps the doctor away. Especially now, in times of quarantine, home isolation and physical separation, flowers and plants can play an important role in our happiness and health. Place them strategically in your home so you can enjoy them and take advantage of them all day long. Source: Elle Decor #flowers4oxygene

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