Delivering flowers to friends and family might be the go-to gift when trying to cheer them up, but that simple heartwarming gesture is actually providing a much deeper benefit than you think.
A new study by the American Society for Horticulture Science revealed that being surrounded by flowers had an enormous positive effect on blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue, and even heart rate levels.
Whether it is giving or receiving, flowers and plants are always a great way to show someone just how much they mean to you, help pick them up when they are down, and add some colour into their lives.
According to the ASHS study, which followed 90 patients who were split into two different groups, plants and flowers offer a much deeper level of support.
The two groups created were one with plants and the other without. The results, while not completely unsurprising, did reveal very interesting results when it comes to the unseen benefits plants and flowers can provide.
According to the study, those exposed to flowers had lower blood pressure and heart rates, lower levels of aches and pains, general fatigue was reduced, motivation was increased and anxiety was lowered.
The findings illustrated that while plants and flowers do not offer fundamental medicinal benefits, they do provide holistic life medicine important to living life to the fullest.
So, the next time you are feeling a bit down, tired, unwell, or need to help someone, don’t second guess buying flowers.
For more information on the research and study visit ASHS online.