Having Flowers in Your Home Can Reduce Stress and Pain
Pick up a bouquet next time you're at the farmer's market—they're good for you!
Researchers from the American Society for Horticulture Science tested whether plants have therapeutic influences on surgical patients. They found that fresh flowers can help reduce feelings of anxiety and even ease physical pain. So, if you are feeling under the weather or stressed, a bouquet of may be the best medicine!
For the study, 90 patients who were recovering from appendectomies were split into recovery rooms with either fresh or no flowers, and the results were noteworthy.
The patients with flowers had a lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of pain, anxiety and fatigue, and a higher satisfaction with their rooms than the patients without a few blooms around.