Not just a pretty sight – indoor plants have quite a list of benefits that make them even more of a must-have! On a mission to create suitable space station habitats, NASA scientists have done a lot of the research on the benefits of houseplants. And who are we to argue with the experts? We’ve summarized 5 Benefits of Indoor Plants to help you enjoy and appreciate your green housemates even more!
Plants make you happy
Oh yes, they do! We all need a bit of cheering up every now and then – indoor plants promote a feeling of well-being; they bring a sense of calm and optimism. Studies have shown that elderly residents introduced to indoor gardening had a much happier mood and patients who have a garden view from their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing a wall.
Purify the air
Indoor plants offer a much-needed breath of fresh air! NASA’s research found that indoor plants proved themselves to be surprisingly efficient natural filters; improving air quality by putting out clean air and removing household toxins such as – benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia – all of which often lurk in the form of plastics, furniture, and carpet fibers. Their research found succulents to be excellent at cleansing the air and removing up to 87% of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC).
Indoor plants can improve your idea generation, concentration and your mood. Having plants in the room where you study or work can enhance brain capabilities, as shown by a University of Michigan study, where memory retention improved by as much as 20 percent! An indoor garden can improve your productivity – in a Washington State University study it was discovered that people who work in an environment with a few of houseplants tend to complete tasks 12 percent faster than those without them.
About 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere is water released by plants – therefore instead of investing in a humidifier to soften the air, rather just bring in a plant or two! The more plants you bring into your home or office, the more you can improve the humidity in your environment – this, in turn, can prevent dry skin, colds, sore throat and dry coughs. A study by the Agricultural University of Norway found a 60 percent decrease in sickness rates in offices with plants.
We all know that during the day plants give off oxygen through the process of photosynthesis – but there are a few special ones you want to keep on your bedside table as they give off oxygen at night too! Gerbera daisies, succulents, orchids and areca palms are some of these soothing helpers. Place these plants in your bedroom for an extra measure of refreshed air that ultimately leads to a better night’s sleep.
The benefits of indoor plants provide you with just the excuse you need to purchase another one, two or three…