Houseplants are an easy and affordable addition to your home decor. They also promote healing and reduce health issues such as anxiety.
There are numerous benefits to keeping indoor houseplants:
1. Plants help remove indoor air pollutants
There are several ways to improve indoor air quality and lower toxins in the air at home. One of them is growing house plants inside your home.
According to a study conducted by NASA, houseplants can reduce chemicals in the indoor atmosphere. They have also given a list of air-purifying plants that can remove chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, etc., from the air.
Microorganisms in potting soils also play an essential role in cleaning indoor environments.
Houseplants can remove volatile organic compounds from your home. Make sure to wash your houseplants' leaves regularly.
2. Plants are Natural Stress Busters
Most people realize that engaging with nature is an effective way to relieve tension. Having indoor plants can also provide a sense of calm and relaxation.
3. Plants help improve sleep
Green plants and colorful blooms can add character and comfort to rooms, but their ability to boost air quality by producing oxygen O2 can also help improve nighttime sleeping patterns. A recent study found getting sufficient oxygen during sleep can promote deep sleep.
Snake plants, Gerbera, Chinese evergreens, Money plants, and Areca palms are some of the best plants for releasing adequate amounts of oxygen that you can include in your bedroom.
4. Indoor Plants increase humidity
During photosynthesis, the plant releases oxygen and moisture into the atmosphere, increasing the air's relative humidity. This helps your respiratory system and skin, especially during the dry winters.
Spider plants can increase indoor humidity levels by up to 20-30% in a short period.
5. Plants help fight depression and anxiety
Caring for plants can improve your overall well-being by helping you feel calmer and happier. It can also help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also provide a sense of purpose and distract you from negative thoughts. In addition, a 2007 study found that soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae increases the level of serotonin production. So not only plants but fertile soil can also improve mental and emotional well-being.
6. Plants Reduce Allergens
Houseplans can dramatically decrease dust and mold in the indoor atmosphere, helping to improve respiratory well-being by reducing some of the most common allergens. However, the mechanism behind this phenomenon isn't fully understood yet.
7. Plants Reduce Sound Pollution
Indoor plants can help reduce unwanted sounds through deflection, absorption, or reflection. Some of the best houseplants for the task involve broad-leaved types such as rubber plants and weeping fig trees. Placing a few large houseplants against an exterior wall or window can help keep a calm and relaxing atmosphere in your house.
8. Plants can promote physical health and healing
Plants can promote healing. Many studies have shown that exposure to plant greenery can reduce recovery times. That is why gifting plants or flower bouqet to someone recovering from illness is common.
9. Improve concentration, productivity, and creativity
New research has revealed that green environments improve productivity and creativity in workers and students. Studies show that employees who worked in greener environments felt more productive. Also, students' attention span and focus improved in the presence of indoor plants.
10. It gives you Fresh Food
You don't need to spend a lot of time gardening to grow fresh herbs at home. Growing your own food means having access to fresh produce year-round, and being able to eat what you've grown yourself ensures that you know exactly where your food comes from. Spinach, carrot, lemons, limes, oranges, and greens are easy to grow indoors and require little maintenance once established. Mint, peppermint, basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, and thyme are also easy to grow and make wonderful additions to any kitchen garden. Aloe vera is another plant that grows easily indoors and has many medicinal uses.
Dr. Vandana K.