How flowers affect emotional and psychological well-being?

In the 21st century, for the first time in human history, we find ourselves so far away from nature that we sometimes fail to notice what the weather is like outside our window
In the 21st century, for the first time in human history, we find ourselves so far away from nature that we sometimes fail to notice what the weather is like outside our window. Modern man spends most of his time in a closed and stuffy room: a flat, an office, a café. He is surrounded by comfortable furniture and aesthetic decor, but it has scarcely anything like the natural environment the human body is used to.

We can't move to the jungle, but we can enhance our lifestyle with houseplants. They have a calming effect on the mind and evoke memories of a time when humans lived in harmony, unity, and close proximity to nature.

In "The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil", Erich Fromm called man's desire for nature biophilia. Biophilia means 'an congenital desire to focus on the life processes or those that resemble them'. This quality is seen in the desire to be close to the life systems.

Plants in pots or a bunch of daisies gathered in the garden fill the room with freshness and beauty, and remind us that living organisms cannot be as separate from civilized life as they seem. Sunlight, clear skies, fresh breezes, the smell of flowers and the purl of water provide pleasure and tranquillity, regardless of location, age or preference.

Erich Fromm was convinced that biophilia is expressed not only in a longing for natural environments, but also in a longing for creativity, a love for life.

It is proven that connecting with nature has a positive impact on mental health and well-being. In fact, flower and plant therapy is used to treat illnesses and improve physical and mental health. Gardening, cultivating plants, creating floral arrangements, and decorating interiors all contribute to reducing anxiety and fostering a greater sense of bodily awareness.
"Biophilia", Edward O. Wilson
How flowers affect the body?

Bright colors and sweet smells help our brains feel safe. They affect the secretion of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, also known as "happiness hormones".

Harvard scientists noticed that flowers improve a person's mood. Research participants confirmed that they had more energy and happiness in the morning if the first thing they saw and felt was a bouquet of flowers and its sweet scent.

Let's not forget about the healing properties of plants and flowers. This knowledge has been passed down through generations and is still used today, even if we're not always aware of it. For example, raspberry leaf tea for aches, lavender tea before bedtime, and sage tea for colds are all natural remedies that we continue to rely on.

Color theory
Color has a significant impact on human physical well-being. For instance, Sujin Lee and Stephen Westland from Leeds University discovered that exposure to red color can increase heart rate and blood pressure.

This finding is consistent with the work of Indian scientist D.P. Ghadiali, who, in the early 1930s, described the therapeutic benefits of color on the body. Ghadiali believed that body's organs and systems are sensitive to certain colors. Knowing this, colors can be used for treatment purposes. For example, yellowish and brownish colors in hospitals and sanatoriums worsen the patients' condition with nausea and low pain thresholds. In such cases, it is better to use blue and purple shades.

Let's talk about the impact of each particular color on a human being and turn to the medical research of G. Frieling and K. Auer, who discovered that:

  • red color activates all the body's systems, is used to treat measles, chicken pox, increases muscle tension and raises blood pressure
  • yellow color affects the course of kidney, liver and joint diseases
  • green color lowers the blood pressure and reduces migraine, and alleviates asthma and other respiratory diseases
  • blue reduces the energy level of the body, has a beneficial effect on the eyes.
Color psychology in therapy
The development of the science of color did not remain minor. In the mid-50s, the Swiss scientist Max Lüscher developed the color choice technique or Lüscher Color Test. Lüscher's experiments involved selecting colors from a vast array of 4,500 tones and shades that had a significant impact on human physiology and psychology. The test measures a person's psycho-physiological state, body activity and the stress level, providing an in-depth analysis of one's mental state. It can be taken alone to monitor an individual's mental health.
Color helps you understand the world around you, be aware of and memorize events and phenomena. It creates shapes as constraints on space, surface and time. A Soviet psychologist, Alexei Leontiev, studied the tactile sense of color. Experimental results showed that human beings perceive color with the whole body surface. If you close your eyes, color will still affect you through your skin.

In the 1970s, Czechoslovak scientists proved that: color does not even require bright light to affect the human body. It was also possible to record changes in indicators (heart rate, breathing and blood pressure) in a half-dark room where the walls were painted in a certain color shade.

Then the Soviet and Russian biologist S.E. Schnoll discovered that the nerve fiber is analogous to modern light conductors. It is as if it is designed to perceive colors.
Test koloru Lüschera
It is important to remember not only our social but also our biological nature. Once you understand how humans perceive things, it's much easier to create a comfortable environment. When you plan your living space, consider the recommendations of landscape designers, pay attention to coloristic, natural forms and textures. Surround yourself with plants and be in harmony with yourself and the world.
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