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Having fresh flowers in your home does this amazing thing to your body

Red (UK) logo Red (UK) 22/05/2019 Roanna Day
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We've always liked having flowers in the home - their gorgeous smell (think of wonderfully scented stocks), the bright colours (think of daffodils and bluebells as spring hits) and the winding, organic shapes they create, softening our interior design scheme (think of eucalyptus and other statement foliage greens.)

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However, new research from the American Society for Horticulture Science has revealed that fresh flowers can actually reduce pain in the body too. Amazing!

A study was carried out on 90 patients in hospital. Patients were split into rooms and some had plants while others didn't. The results showed that the patients with flowers and greenery in their room fared much better, with lower blood pressure, lower amounts of pain, anxiety and exhaustion. The patients also reported feeling more positive.

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So, our old habit of buying sick friends and family a bouquet of flowers when they're unwell has been tried and tested and it turns out, flowers do much more than just brighten the room.

Isn't nature amazing?

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Gallery: 6 flowers that can improve your mental health [Country Living UK]


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