The Finblog on “The Psychology of Plants”

Indoor plants aren’t just visually pleasing (& great for Instagram pictures) – there’s a few psychological benefits hidden among their leaves too:

Stress reduction

Are you a fan of red-flowering geraniums? If you would describe yourself as a ‘stressed woman’, then your answer most certainly should be yes. A 2002 study(1) revealed that red-flowering geraniums may promote faster and more complete stress recovery among stressed woman, as well as less decline in attentiveness. Sorry boys, there were no statistically significant effects on male participants.

Quick math (thanks to lavender)

Someone tell Big Shaq that lavender fragrance has been found to enhance calculating speed & accuracy(2).

Job satisfaction

If you’re over your job… you should probably quit. But perhaps while you find new work, a few plants in your workspace might be helpful, according to researchers at Texas State University(3). The article indicates that individuals who work in offices with plants reported that they felt better about their job and the work they performed.

Reduced pain perception

Indoor plants may reduce perceptions of short-term physical discomfort (measured by the amount of time a participant could leave their hand submerged in ice water)(4).


Offices with more plants have higher creativity potential!(5)


So, who’s ready to purchase 87 plants and evolve into a superfish I mean superhuman?



1Kim, E., & Mattson, R. H. (2002). Stress recovery effects of viewing red-flowering geraniums. Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 13, 4-12.

2Liu, M., Mattson, R. H., & Kim, E. (2004). Influences of lavender fragrance and cut flower arrangements on cognitive performance. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 14(4), 169-174.

3Dravigne, A., Waliczek, T. M., Lineberger, R. D., & Zajicek, J. M. (2008). The effect of live plants and window views of green spaces on employee perceptions of job satisfaction. HortScience, 43(1), 183-187.

4Lohr, V. I., & Pearson-Mims, C. H. (2000). Physical discomfort may be reduced in the presence of interior plants. HortTechnology, 10(1), 53-58.

5Ceylan, C., Dul, J., & Aytac, S. (2008). Can the office environment stimulate a manager’s creativity?. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries, 18(6), 589-602.


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