Plants are widely used to beautify spaces, but more than that, plants also promote good health. It is a well-known fact that plants provide freshness to the air and being closer to greenery helps one feel relaxed. The indoor air quality is worse than the outside, making it a growing health concern. If you are conscious about the pollutants and toxins present in the indoor air, consider buying some indoor plants.
According to one NASA study, indoor plants help reduce some common chemical pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene. It further explored that the plant roots and microorganisms play a major role in the removal of chemicals. According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the quality of indoor air is among the top five risks to health.
Placing indoor plants helps you breathe in fresh air by:
The transpiration process of plants contributes to 10 percent of moisture in the air and by placing plants indoors, it increases humidity. While in hot summer months this might be unappealing, but in drier months, it could be just the answer. According to studies conducted at the Agricultural University of Norway, indoor plants helps decrease the occurrence of sore throat, colds, dry skin and cough.
We all know that while human beings need oxygen to survive and exhale carbon dioxide during the breathing process, plants do the opposite, making them great partners by increasing oxygen levels indoors. But, while choosing the type of indoor plants, be careful as plants reverse the process at night. Certain plants such as succulents, orchids and epiphytic bromeliads do not follow the pack and should be used in bedrooms to keep the oxygen coming at night.
It sure is a good practice to bring plants to patients, but plants can have real medicinal value too. Viewing plants after surgery, according to a study conducted at Kansas State University, led to lower pain, anxiety and blood pressure, significantly improving physiological responses. Tending to plants does not only help one feel fresh but has also been seen in patients to reduce recovery time after a procedure.
Helping Provide Cleaner Air
Tight spaces and sealed buildings give rise to toxic vapours and other chemicals that become a source of harm to health. Indoor plants help clear the air and improve the quality in which we breathe. It is recommended that indoor plants should be spaced at 100 square feet to clear the air evenly. Some specific plants that help reduce indoor pollutants include golden pothos, Peace lily, gerbera daisy, English ivy, bamboo palm, spider plants and azalea.
The air inside homes is rich with toxins and air pollutants that arise from smoking, furnaces, fireplaces, cleaning products, scented products and dust particles present in moulds and pet dander. Using indoor plants will not only help you get rid of these pollutants and provide clear air for breathing, but also make for indoor decor and beautification. Along with having potted plants in your home, make sure you also ventilate the house often and keep your home clean.
What are your favorite plants to grow indoors?