The Benefits Of Having Plants In Your Home
Well, you’re here, which means you probably already have a healthy obsession with houseplants; but just in case you need another excuse to fill your home with more green goodness, we’re here to talk about all of the amazing things these little guys do for us--- physically and mentally! You already know they’re aesthetically appealing- plants are such an easy way to breathe a little life into your home decor! But, did you know that they also provide many health benefits such as cleaning the air, reducing stress, and preventing illnesses?
Nature’s Air Purifying Machines
At night, however, most plants stop producing oxygen, since photosynthesis has ceased; but there are several plants that do the opposite, such as areca palms, succulents, snake plants(Sansevieria), orchids, and bromeliads. If you’re looking for a better night's sleep, these plants are recommended for your bedroom to help you breathe easier!
There’s a lot of hype about houseplants and their air-cleaning abilities--- And rightfully so! In 1989, NASA’s Clean Air Study revealed that plants can remove 87% of air toxins over 24 hours! What’s wrong with the air exactly? Everyday substances in your home such as wall paint, rubbers, vinyl, laminate, plastics, and household cleaners release harmful toxins into the air; this includes carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene. These pollutants can cause dry eyes, dizziness, headaches, throat irritation and asthma. During photosynthesis, houseplants absorb these toxins, break them down, and store them in the soil, recycling them into plant food and releasing oxygen in return.
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy plants… and that’s basically the same thing!” This statement rings true and there’s real science to back it up! According to a study published in Journal of Physiological Anthropology plants in the home significantly reduce stress and anxiety. By nature, humans feel more calm and relaxed when they’re around greenery and/or nature; this has been proven to cause positive changes in brain activity, heart rate, and muscle tension.
Additionally, caring for plants can help battle against depression and loneliness; caring for living things can make you feel purposeful and can feel very rewarding, especially when you see your plant babies thriving!
Of course, with mental health, chemicals are always involved. Did you know that potting soil has beneficial microbes that make your brain happy? Soil releases things called cytokines into the air, organisms that cause your brain to create more serotonin; so simply being in a room with soil can significantly boost your mood and act as a natural antidepressant!
Not only do houseplants make you an all around happier person- but they also help you at work! According to a study by Texas A&M University, having potted plants in your workspace can increase your creativity, problem solving skills and focusing abilities by at least 15%.
Fighting Viruses With Foliage
Yes, plants clean the air of toxins, but they also have a germ fighting super power! Rooms with houseplants have been found to have 60% less airborne mold and bacteria than ones without them. This is because plants, especially ones such as ferns, palms, and ZZ Plants increase humidity which was proven by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) to decrease the infectivity of Influenza and other airborne viruses.
Whether you’re just looking for something to spruce up your decor, or cleaner air, or a new green friend to cheer you up, you really can’t go wrong with introducing houseplants to your home! Beautiful and full of benefits, our plant friends are truly the unsung heroes of home decor!