Houseplants are more than just an embellishment for your rooms. Aside from their fresh scent and added beauty, there are many benefits of having indoor plants. These plants play a vital role in providing a pleasant and tranquil environment in which to move, work or relax, as well as, enhance our quality of life.
For starters, house plants help you breathe more easily.
When we breathe, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, these plants will absorb this carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This routine makes humans and plants natural partners in any living space and indoor plants can even elevate oxygen levels. During the night, most plants respire as we do, breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. Therefore, it is best to put plants such as orchids, succulents, and epiphytic bromeliads, to freshen the air in our bedrooms at night. Plants not only increase oxygen in the air, they also help purify it. Plants remove toxins from the air, up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA.
Houseplants can also increase humidity in a room if placed several together. Plants release up 97 percent of the water they take in into the air, regulating humidity levels in a room which can decrease dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
At the Office
In rooms like offices, adding decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. In another study by the Agricultural University of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants. These plants also help increase attentiveness and focus according to a study done by The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England.
Another benefit of indoor plants is that their leaves absorb, diffract or reflect background noise. Therefore making the environment more comfortable for the people present.
All in all, houseplants have numerous benefits for your health, your environment, and your quality of life.
For optimal benefits, it is recommended to place plants as follows:
- To improve health, reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant every 129 square feet. That’s an 8-inch pot or larger in an 11″ x 11″ room.
- To purify air, use 15 to 18 plants in 6- to 8-inch diameter pots for a 1,800-square-foot house. That’s around one larger plant every 100 square feet. Achieve similar results with two smaller plants (4- to 5-inch pots).