Sending flowers to a sick or sad friend might be a universal go-to gift, but the heartwarming gesture is actually more helpful than you think. Turns out, there are more to flowers than a sweet smell —they can have some seriously positive effects on our health, too.
The American Society for Horticulture Science performed a study evaluating whether or not plants have therapeutic influences on surgical patients, and the results were surprising. They monitored 90 patients, who were split into rooms either with plants or without plants; those who were surrounded by some kind of foliage had wildly different results from those were not.
According to the study, those exposed to flowers experienced lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of pain, anxiety and fatigue, and more positive feelings and higher satisfaction about their rooms than the patients without foliage. The findings from this research suggests that flowers should be "complementary medicine" for recovering patients.
Bouquets of flowers can actually also make us feel less stressed, according to a study published in Complementary Therapies In Medicine. The study gave college-aged women a fresh vase of roses for their dorm rooms, and the results found the subjects feeling more relaxed and stress-free than before.
From Harper's Bazaar U.K.