Benefits of having plants in your house
The air is saturated with various chemicals, most of which are toxic. Detergents, deodorants, paints, varnishes, glue, tobacco smoke, etc. are the sources of harmful substances that poison us day and night in our home or any other room. At the same time, modern buildings are known for their dense construction. “My home is my castle” turns to be the truth. Such buildings do not let air in and isolate sounds.
So what happens to air in this kind of room? It becomes a container of hazardous chemicals. Among them are benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. Carpets in the premises only aggravate the situation, because they absorb many of these substances, then gradually release them. The research conducted by NASA showed that the most economical, environmentally-friendly and natural method of cleaning the air inside the room is indoor plants. These delicate house plants do a magnificent job! Since it often remains underestimated, we decided to share some scientifically proved information about the benefits of houseplants to humans.
Houseplants produce oxygen
The work of indoor plants can be compared with a pump: they absorb carbon dioxide, which they need for photosynthesis, and release oxygen and moisture through the leaves, which help maintain humidity in the room. Since a human needs oxygen for breathing and releases carbon dioxide when exhaling, houseplants and humans are perfect partners. So you just need to place a plant or some of them in the room to get the cleaner and fresher air. After a row of Clean Air studies, NASA published the list of air cleaning plants they would recommend for having at home. Among them are Boston fern, spider plant, lilyturf, weeping fig, devil’s ivy, and others. These house plants are effective in removing toxins and chemicals from the air. However, many plants that during daytime produce oxygen start breathing it at night. Thus, they release carbon dioxide just like people do. In this regard, the choice of bedroom plants should be thorough. Opt for houseplants that clean air even when you sleep. Among them are orchids, epiphytic bromeliads, and succulents to name a few.
Houseplants moisturize the air
Indoor plants contribute to the creation of a comfortable microclimate for humans. They absorb water from the soil and up to 90% of moisture they release in the air, spending only 10% of the absorbed moisture on their internal processes. Evaporation of water leads to an increase in humidity in the room by 10-20%. Studies conducted by the Agricultural University of Norway showed the beneficial effect of houseplants on human skin, upper respiratory passages, and pharyngonasal cavity. The use of indoor plants lowers the risk of occurrence of dry skin, colds, acute respiratory infections, runny nose, pharyngitis, and dry cough. If air humidity in the room is your major concern, think of having the following types of indoor plants like dwarf ficus, Sparmannia, Nephrolepis, Fatsia, hibiscus, and dracaena.
Houseplants clean the air
Let’s come back to NASA list of indoor plants. It is a known fact that NASA invests millions of dollars in discovering most efficient methods that would work everywhere including the Earth, space, and other planets. Speaking about how to get the cleaner and oxygen-saturated air, they came to the decision that the most eco-friendly and cheapest way to produce breathable air is by exploiting plants. When clean air in the house is concerned, house plants are a great solution. NASA studied different types of indoor plants by their efficiency in removing toxins, benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. For maximum efficiency, they suggest having one plant per 100 square feet, though depending on the size of a plant the number may vary. Most effective air purifying plants are peace lily and florist’s chrysanthemum, though both are toxic to pets. They are followed by English ivy, variegated snake plant, red-edged dracaena, Barberton daisy and some more. The whole list of most powerful air cleaning plants can be found on NASA official website.
Houseplants boost spirits
House plants are also used for the color- and aroma-therapy effects. The study of the color effect on human behavior proved that a juicy green color helps to get rid of anxiety and soothe stress. The greenery of houseplants provides visual refreshment. If you are going to diet or exercise regularly, the green color can be your great support. That is, it affects not the result but the preservation of existing achievements. Make sure to surround yourself with enough indoor plants to create a motivating atmosphere. A pot of blooming rhododendron simsii (azalea) can lift up your mood once you see it. Certain types of houseplants are aesthetically beautiful alongside being beneficial for air cleaning. Psychologists advise that during harsh times you should use any possibility to maintain positive spirits. So house plants can be a nice option.
If the lack of experience is the only concern that prevents you from having indoor plants, keep in mind that some of them are simple and unpretentious in care. Now when you know the benefits of indoor plants on your health, mood, and air in the room, would you still hesitate on buying a pot of home flower?