Adding plants to your home is an outstanding way to improve your mood and create clean indoor air. The color green has been shown to have a soothing and therapeutic effect, and plants can provide this in abundance. Houseplants not only add a touch of color to your home, they can also remove a host of pollutants that have a tendency to accumulate in today’s buildings. Plants may also be able to interact with your mind, body and spirit, and they may even increase your quality of life. By adding one large plant for every 100 square feet of living space, you may be able to improve your health by reducing pollutants, increasing your home’s oxygen content, and adding moisture to your indoor air. Here are a few of the health benefits that you may receive when you add some greenery to your home.
1. Breathing cleaner air
During respiration, your body draws in the oxygen that is essential for life. You also release carbon dioxide. Plants perform in much the opposite way. They release oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. By having a variety of plants in your home, you can increase your indoor air’s oxygen content while getting rid of the carbon dioxide that builds up over time. Some plants, like orchids and bromeliads, release oxygen during the evening, making them an ideal option for your bedroom.
2. Increasing your home’s humidity
As a natural part of the photosynthesis process, plants release water vapor which can increase the humidity inside your home. Plants take up water from the soil, and they release nearly 97 percent of the water that they drink. By placing several plants in a small location, you can increase the humidity inside your home and reduce a variety of respiratory problems. During the winter, many homes get dry as a result of heating equipment. By adding houseplants, you can replace the water that is lost. One study that was conducted by the Agricultural University of Norway highlighted the fact that installing plants in the home may actually decrease sore throats, colds, dry skin and coughs. Boston ferns and English ivy are outstanding choices for increasing humidity inside your home.
3. Purifying indoor air
Plants have the ability to remove a host of different toxins from indoor air. In a study that was conducted by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), plants can remove up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds in a mere 24 hours. These compounds are often found in vinyl, grocery bags and cigarette smoke. In today’s tightly built homes, many pollutants can accumulate, but, by adding plants, homeowners can create a natural system that cleans and purifies the air that you breathe. Spider plants, Dragon trees, Gerbera daisies and Philodendrons are some of the best plants for cleaning indoor air and removing pollutants.
4. Increasing health
In another study that was conducted by Kansas State University researchers, patients who had plants in their hospital rooms enjoyed a speedier recovery. Patients who had plants in required less pain medication, had a lower blood pressure and experienced decreased anxiety and fatigue.
5. Improving attention
Because plants release oxygen, they may be able to improve cognitive functioning. A study that was conducted by The Royal College of Agriculture in England found that students were up to 70 percent more attentive when they were taught in class rooms that had plants. In addition, the study showed that students were more likely to attend lectures in rooms that contained plants.