Growing plants indoors- can it help your mind?
It seems that lately, lots of websites and
companies are encouraging people to invest in indoor lighting kits for growing
plants and vegetables indoors. While the prices for some of the LED grow light
starter kits may be around $70-$80, others may go for up to $1,300 or more.
That is a large amount of money to pay for anything, let alone something that
we’re not sure whether or not we really need. In this article, we’ll have a
look at some of the many benefits of growing plants and vegetables indoors that
help to justify the initial investment of an LED grow light system.
The first area to look at has to do with
the psychological benefits of having plants in an indoor space. Especially for
those who live in large cities (which in 2008, comprised over half of the
world’s population) day to day life can be a constant source of stress and
frustration. According to one recent article in a leading American newspaper, “Just
being in an urban environment, [scientists] have found, impairs our basic
mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the
brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced
Did you notice that? Just spending time in
a city, walking around, negotiating the intersections, navigation your way down
the sidewalk, is not only an exhausting experience, but it is causing certain
levels of damage to your brain. When arriving at our house, we need to help our
brain to recuperate. That’s where indoor plants come in.
A few years back, researchers from the
University of Michigan wanted to see how groups of test subjects fared when
exposed to different types of stimuli. After asking the subjects to either walk
through a nature sceneor to walk through the downtown of a large city, the
subjects were tested using some memory exercises. What did the researchers
discover? According to one prestigious Psychological journal, “…being around
nature replenishes our store of directed attention and the researchers conclude
that, in this way, nature may have restorative
effects on our mental abilities.”
Yes, according to recent evidence, plants
can actually improve our memory and take away the stress that builds up
imperceptibly during the day. What’s more, some
scientists have begun to suggest that spending time with plants can help
children struggling with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). According to one
recent study of the benefits of creating “green” environments for children with
may need attentionally supportive environments where they can go to restore. It
seems plausible that natural environments might support attention in children,
including children with ADD… This study extends Attention Restoration Theory to
a new population, providing evidence that the theory may apply to children.
Whereas Attention Restoration Theory suggests that nature supports directed
attention functioning in all humans, previous research has only provided
evidence that the theory applies to adults.”
As we can see, the psychological benefits of growing plants indoor are important to both adults and children, even though who struggle with concentration or who have learning disabilities. This alone is worth investigating indoor growing and making the initial investment in LED grow light equipment.