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Not only are plants a great tool for decoration in workplaces, school rooms, homes, and more, but they also offer a plethora of benefits that often go unnoticed by the average person. Before buying a specific plant, it is important to make yourself aware of its benefits so that you can plan accordingly and make an informed selection. Below are just some of the daily advantages given to us by plants.
5 Benefits of Houseplants
1. Breathing Easily
By adding plants to a space that is your own, you may realize that you are able to breathe easier and deeper.
During photosynthesis, plants absorb the carbon dioxide that humans breathe out. This process allows for plants to convert our carbon dioxide into fresh oxygen that they then release back into the air.
During the night, most plants respire like humans, breathing in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. However, some plants like orchids, succulents, and epiphytic bromeliads do the opposite.
Since they constantly release oxygen throughout the night, it is important to collect many of these plants in order to refresh the air supply during the night.
2. Releasing Water
Another thing that happens during photosynthesis is that plants release moisture vapor into the air. With this release of vapor, the humidity in the room will increase.
Plants release around 97% of the water they take in. With the increase of humidity in the air, certain respiratory distresses are decreased.
The Agricultural University of Norway has concluded that plants in interior spaces not only increase a space’s humidity, but they also decrease the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs.
3. Purifying the Air
Many people do not know, but plants are actually responsible for removing toxins from the air. According to a study conducted by NASA, 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are removed from the air every 24 hours solely by plants!
To remove the toxins and VOCs from the air, plants pull the harsh contaminants from the air into the soil. After this is accomplished, root zone microorganisms convert the toxins into food for the plant.
4. Improving Overall Health
Many research studies have concluded that the addition of plants in rooms improve overall health.
According to the team at Kansas State University, patients in hospital rooms with plants had a more speedy recovery than patients in hospital rooms without plants. Kansas State University also concluded that the patients in rooms with plants reported:
- Needing less pain medication
- A lower heart rate and blood pressure levels
- Less fatigue and anxiety
A similar study from Dutch Product Board for Horticulture reported that employees in an office or work area with plants saw a decrease in fatigue, the common cold, headaches, coughs, and flu-like symptoms. The Agricultural University of Norway conducted a similar study in the workplace where they saw the sickness rates decrease by over 60%.
5. Sharpening Your Focus
A study conducted by The Royal College of Agriculture in England took this plant phenomenon to the classrooms.
Researchers saw a 70% increase in greater attentiveness in classrooms with plants and also noted that overall attendance was higher for lecture rooms with plants as well.
9 Low-Maintenance Houseplants
Now that the benefits of houseplants have been explored, the time has come to decide which plant is right for you!
1. Garden Mum
This inexpensive plant is extremely low maintenance and works wonders when it comes to air purification. The Garden Mum removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air. And this plant adds a pop of color to any indoor area and can be moved outside once it is finished blooming.
2. Spider Plant
Since these plants are extremely easy to grow, they are great for beginners. Not only does this plant have the ability to remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air, it also thrives in direct sunlight.
With more than 40 different kinds of Dracaena plants, there are plenty of options to choose form. These houseplants can remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the atmosphere. However, pet owners beware, these plants are toxic to your furry friends!
This plant thrives in direct sunlight. With the ability to span from 2 to 10 feet tall, the ficus removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air!
5. Peace Lily
Unlike other plants on this list, the Peace Lily thrives in shady areas. Smaller than the previous plants listed, this plant produces a fragrant scent and is able to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene!
6. Boston Fern
The Boston Fern must stay moist and thrives when placed in direct sunlight with high humidity. It also has the ability to remove xylene and formaldehyde.
7. Snake Plant
Known as one of the hardest plants to kill, the Snake Plant is able to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Since the Snake Plant generally prefers drier conditions, it is one of the best houseplants to own!
8. Bamboo Palm
This plant has the ability to filter an extensive amount of air and can grow up to 12 feet high! Adept at filtering formaldehyde, the Bamboo Palm also removes benzene and trichloroethylene.
9. Aloe Vera
Not only does this plant have the ability to remove formaldehyde, it also has anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties!
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