Benefits of Plants to Your Home
Creating a personal oasis for your home should include bringing in colorful flowers and the foliage of indoor plants to add more beauty and comfort to your living and working spaces. Plants and flowers can enliven and enhance your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, home office, common areas, hallways...there really isn't a space in your home that won’t benefit.
Ever wonder why you feel like you can breathe easier, focus better, and are simply happier in nature? Plants increase oxygen levels in the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen during photosynthesis. The air purifying and filtering properties of indoor plants will keep you and your family members healthier and happier, offering both psychological and physical health benefits. These may include elevating your mood, reducing fatigue, lowering stress and anxiety, enhancing work performance/focus, improving overall air quality and easing dry skin and respiratory ailments due to dry air.
NASA researchers conducted a study called the Clean Air Study in 1989 to understand the potential benefits of plants in reducing air pollution in confined spaces, for instance on a space station. The study found that ordinary daisies, chrysanthemums and other common house plants were able to remove as much as 90% of certain toxins from the air in just 24 hours. They have since published a list of air filtering plants that can serve as beautiful pieces for your home.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the plants on the list. It is one of the most popular and easiest to grow of house plants. The spider plant will clean the air in your house of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. These are all common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted into the air in our homes by everyday items such as furniture, carpets and common household appliances.
The rubber plant (Ficus elastica), a popular ornamental plant with leathery and glossy oval shaped leaves, is another plant featured in NASA’s Clean Air Study. Rubber plants rank high on the list of house plants that eliminate toxins such as formaldehyde from the air in your home.
Formaldehyde can be released into the air from furniture and flooring, as well as common household items such as air fresheners, hair products and nail polish.
Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), also known as the butterfly or golden cane palm, is a very popular household palm. This luscious palm releases moisture into a room, making it particularly welcome in dry winter months. About 10% of the moisture in the air we breathe is released by plants, which increases humidity, and this can help improve respiratory and skin health by offsetting the drying effects of heating systems. This can be an incredible benefit to those with respiratory issues, headaches, and allergies.
It’s important to pick plants that can thrive in an indoor environment. Unless you keep a cool house, opt for plants that like warmer temperatures and don’t need excessive amounts of sunlight. Tropical shade plants like Chinese evergreens, peace lilies, philodendrons and dracaenas tend to do well indoors.
Lastly, for those pet owners and families with young children, it’s hard for them to resist touching and chewing on plants. Be especially mindful to choose plants that are safe and non-toxic.
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