Benefits of House Plants
When you brighten up your home with houseplants… you’re not just adding a little greenery. 🙂
Plants can interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.
When you breathe…your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.
As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay.
Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). A workplace study that discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms.
Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients, according to researchers at Kansas State University. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety.
The Best Plants for Indoors:
- Spider Plants – Purifies air rapidly; removes Formaldehyde
- Dragon Tree – Purifies air; removes Formaldehyde, Benzene, Toluene and Xylene
- Gerbera Daisy – Releases Oxygen at night; purifies air by removing Benzene and Trichloroethylene
- Boston Fern – Humidifies air
- Philodendron – Purifies air; removes Formaldehyde
- Peace Lily – Removes Mold from air
- Snake Plant – Purifies air; removes Formaldehyde and Nitrogen Oxide produced by fuel-burning appliances
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