Everyone can see that succulents are beautiful and make amazing home decor. But that’s not all succulents are good for! There are so many other uses and benefits of succulents besides just looking pretty. They improve air quality, have lots of medicinal uses, can improve your concentration, and more.
Today, we’re going to cover five of the amazing benefits you’ll get from keeping succulents in your home. If you weren’t already a succulent collector, you will be after reading this post!
Succulents Improve Air Quality
Did you know that succulents can clean the air?
Succulents, like aloe and snake plants, are particularly good at removing toxins from the air. However, you’ll still benefit from keeping any succulent in your home as they will improve the air quality as well!
All plants have pores on their leaves that allow them to absorb gases in the air, including ones that aren’t good for you to breathe, like benzene and ammonia. So ditch that loud, noisy air purifier and get yourself some succulents!
Succulents also humidify the air, which improves the air quality in your home even more! They release water vapor through the pores in their leaves during photosynthesis, which puts a little extra moisture in the air and prevents it from getting too dry. Check out our more in-depth conversation about if succulents clean the air, here!
Dry indoor air can cause unpleasant symptoms, like sore throats and dry skin that nobody wants, so head to the garden center and pick up some more succulents today. It’s for your health! And so are these cute little planters to put all your new succulents in!
Succulents Have Medicinal Properties
Succulents have been used throughout history to treat medical problems like cuts, burns, stomachaches and more. Lots of them have medicinal properties, including aloe vera and yucca.
Several parts of aloe vera plants have medical benefits, including the juice and gel.
Aloe vera juice has become a pretty popular drink—you can get it at just about any health food store. It’s known to help reduce inflammation, especially in the digestive tract, so lots of people drink it to help with stomach problems.
Aloe vera gel has tons of benefits for the skin and is a common ingredient in body lotions and face creams. Rumor has it that Cleopatra applied it to her face daily to keep it looking supple and soft! But speaking of aloe vera, check out, here in our article, how this succulent helps treat eczema.
Historically, yucca was used to treat cuts and scratches, but now it’s also used as a treatment for arthritis. Yucca has saponins and other antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and ease joint pain. You can take yucca as a supplement, but we also like to cut it up and turn it into some delicious french fries! The health benefits and antioxidants from the yucca cancel out all the oil and calories from frying it, right?
Succulents Improve Your Concentration
You already knew that keeping succulents on your desk can give you a boost of happiness at work, but did you know that it can improve your productivity and focus too?
That’s right! Two recent studies confirmed that keeping plants at your desk boosts your concentration so you can tackle your tasks faster.
The first study in 2011 had one group of people perform a reading task at a basic wooden desk with nothing on it, and a second group perform the same task at a desk with lots of plants around it. Unsurprisingly, the group surrounded by a bunch of pretty plants performed much better! A second study conducted in 2015 confirmed the findings, so you can definitely improve your concentration and attention just by keeping some beautiful succulents on your desk.
Your succulent habit will more than pay for itself because of that raise you’ll get at work for being super productive!
Excited to bring some succulents into your office? Check out these two articles to make sure your work environment is succulent- friendly— “Can Succulents Survive in My Work Environment” and “5 Office Succulents You Wish You Had at Work!”
Succulents Make a Tasty Snack
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While we don’t recommend that you pick up a random succulent off your shelf and start munching on it, we do recommend that you check out a few different types of edible succulents, including sea beans, pineapple, yucca, and some species of cacti, like opuntia and saguaro! Aside from this list, check out an additional 6 edible succulents that will excite your tastebuds!
Sea beans are super good for you and are gaining popularity in the culinary world. They might be a little harder to get your hands on than the ordinary green beans you see in grocery stores, but it’s worth it to track some sea beans down!
They have a flavor and texture that’s similar to asparagus, but they’re a little bit saltier because they’re grown on salt marshes and beaches. You can eat them raw or pan fry them up and serve them alongside some fish for a quick, healthy meal. They’re rich in protein, calcium, iron, and iodine, so you’ll definitely get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals if you include this succulent in your diet!
You already know we love to make fries out of yucca, but you’re probably wondering what in the world could we benefit from with a cactus?! Well, we love to cut it up and make a salsa out of it. We love to throw a little bit of pineapple and a hot pepper like habanero into the salsa too.
It sounds a little weird, but trust us—it’s super tasty and healthy too! Salsa made with cactus has lots of vitamin C and fiber, plus it’s low in calories. Opuntia leaves only have 23 calories per cup, so it’s a much more diet-friendly taco topping than guacamole. That leaves you lots of extra calories for margaritas!
Taking Care of Succulents Reduces Stress
Studies have shown that taking care of houseplants reduces stress. After a long day at work, coming home and tending to your plants can help reduce your blood pressure, calm you down, and recover from the stress of all the mental tasks you completed during the day.
Succulents aren’t fussy or hard to care for, so they might even reduce your stress more than other plants! For the most part, you won’t have to worry about killing them, especially if you follow all of our succulent care tips. The main thing you should watch out for is overwatering, but besides that, caring for your succulents will be a breeze!
Now that you know all of the benefits of having succulents in your home, are you going to buy a few (or a few more)? Let us know which types of succulents you’re going to adopt in the comments section below or share your stories in our exclusive Facebook group, Succulent City Plant Lounge!
To continue enhancing your succulent knowledge, check out these informative articles from Succulent City! Take a look at Are Succulents Poisonous, Caring for Succulents in the Spring, and How Long Do Succulents Live.
Happy planting! ?