Complete disclosure here. I am a total newbie when it comes to having plants inside my home. Ask me questions about planting a vegetable garden and I can talk your ear off. Yet when it comes to the benefits and know how of indoor plants, I am learning as I go.
What I have learned thus far makes me want to fill up my house though with all kinds of green lovelies. There are numerous health benefits for having plants inside your home, but for today, we will just focus on 5 that I think are most interesting.
1. Cleaner Air
Our Homes Are Toxic
According to a NASA research project done back in 1989, having green and flowering plants in your home will help remove several toxic chemicals from the air.
I know what you may be thinking. I have toxic air in my home?
Yes you do. All of us basically do. And believe it not, the air inside our homes can sometimes be 2-5 times MORE toxic than outdoors. Indoor air pollution has actually become one of the top five environmental risks for public health. This toxic air pollution can come from chemical cleaners, pesticides, home furnishings, fume-emitting synthetic materials, poorly vented appliances, and the list goes on and on.
But don’t let all that information freak you out. By adding indoor plants, we can help the situation
Plants To The Rescue
I recently wrote a post where I shared some of my favorite non-toxic cleaning products. Taking the toxic chemicals out of your home is a start, but another more beautiful way of doing that is by adding indoor plants to your decor.
Here is a list, straight from NASA, of 10 plants that are great for cleaning the air in our home.
- Bamboo Palm
- Mass Cane/Corn Plant
- Peace Lily
- Chinese Evergreen
- English Ivy
- Janet Craig
- Pot Mum
- Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
For more information on some of these and other plants you can add to your home, check out this article from Delicious Living.
2. Get The Oxygen Going
I’m thinking that breathing is pretty important to everyone right? So what better way to improve that then to add some pretty plants to help you out.
A humans, we breath in oxygen and out carbon dioxide. Plants do the opposite. They absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. So, it’s kind of a great partnership.
I was reading this article and found out that at night, most plants stop the photosynthesis process and actually reverse their intake and outtake. Meaning they start to absorb oxygen and produce carbon dioxide.
That’s not a big deal, but if you want to have plants, especially while your sleeping, that produce good, healthy oxygen for you, then you might want to put plants like succulents and orchids in your room. These plants continue to produce oxygen, even through the night.
3. Reduce Stress
We all have it. That little five letter word that can cause such havoc in our life. STRESS.
What is it about nature though the helps reduce stress in our lives. Even if we are not a day to day nature lover, there’s something about plants, whether it’s outside or inside, that makes us just feel… well, relaxed.
Research has shown that having plants around any type of work space will help one be more productive, focused, and happier. Thus, reducing stress.
4. Improves Any Healing Process
Beyond giving us cleaner air and reducing stress, indoor plants can help our bodies heal faster. Whether it’s from a surgery or illness, research has shown that having access to indoor plants increases the healing process.
According to an article by Bayer Advanced, studies done Kansas State University showed that patients in hospitals that had indoor plants in their rooms requested less pain medication and experienced less fatigue and anxiety while in the hospital.
Plants themselves have healing properties too. Aloe Vera for example, has a gel inside that can help heal cuts and is also very effective at soothing burns, including sunburn. Ancient Egyptians also used the Aloe Vera plant to help with infections and parasites.
5. Sleep Better
Now a days, sleeping through the night can be a rare thing. Adding indoor plants into your bedroom may be able to help with that.
Studies have shown that the scents that come from plants like lavender and jasmine can help lead to a much more restful sleep.
Lavender and Jasmine can also help reduce stress and anxiety, both of which interrupt our sleep.
What About You?
These are just a few of the benefits of having indoor plants in your home. For me, I know I will be adding more succulents and lavender to my bedroom and a few Peace Lilies, Aloe Vera, and a few others around my home.
But what about you? Are you a novice like me when it comes to knowing the ins and outs of indoor plants or you a true blue green thumb?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy & Healthy Day!
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