7 House plants to keep you healthy!
Easy on the eye, easy on maintenance and with a host of health benefits…
Greenery is good for you!
Plants look beautiful when laid out across our homes. They add a charming green focal point that mellows out the room’s atmosphere. There’s no doubt that greenery is soothing and has a calming effect on human beings. An ample number of studies done at various research and academic institutions across the world have discovered that plants make for healthier and happier human beings. And post-COVID, we certainly need all the help we can get in staying healthy and improving our chances of staying that way!
How plants quietly ramp up our wellness…
1. Boost breathing
Plants are great respiratory partners. By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, plants help to increase oxygen levels in the spaces they inhabit, and we need to give our bodies the benefits of this.
2. Decrease illness
Quite in the normal process of things, plant release moisture into the air through its leaves through a process called transpiration. This quality is a gift during our drier summer months. The Agricultural University of Norway has shown in studies that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs.
3. Cleanse air
NASA discovered that plants can bring about huge improvements in indoor air quality. To quote the agency: “Both plant leaves and roots are utilised in removing trace levels of toxic vapours from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.”
4. Improve healing
A study conducted at Kansas State University, found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses as evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms.
5. Enhance work performance
Studies have proven that house plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15%), reduce stress levels, and boost your mood.
Indoor plants that will help you stay fit and healthy!
1. Snake Plant
This no-fuss tropical plant has thin, upright leaves with irregular banding that resembles the skin of a reptile. Its adaptations for surviving drought make it a suitable plant choice for anyone, anywhere. Snake Plants have been shown to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
2. Chinese Evergreen
Researchers have discovered that spaces with greenery have less dust and mould than spaces bereft of foliage. The leaves and other parts of the plants function as natural filters to trap allergens and other airborne particles. A common indoors-friendly, low-light houseplants like the Chinese evergreen works just fine. Note: Avoid plants with pollen or spores.
So easy to look after so that even if you have a brown thumb, you can still add this to your home, confidently. Looks like the Philodendron, and its trailing vines have been known to grow to over 8 feet long. This beautiful green and variegated plant has been shown to filter benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
In the right indoor conditions, this plant’s heart-shaped leaves and trailing vines can trail to over 10 feet long, making it the perfect plant for a high shelf. Did we mention it has a reputation of being one of the easiest houseplants to grow? Philodendrons have been shown to filter formaldehyde.
5. Spider Plant
Air conditioners and heaters can sap humidity indoors. This can increase your chances for catching a cold or the flu, or even make your skin flaky and itchy. Houseplants add moisture to the air. A study found a collection of spider plants boosted the relative humidity in a bedroom from 20% to a more comfortable 30%.
6. Asparagus Fern
Quite a few of the things we use commonly and which have a permanent place in our lives responsible for releasing air pollutants: Carpets, paint, cleaners, printer toners and inks, and many other indoor objects give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These can collect in the air and irritate your eyes and skin, worsen your asthma, or even make it hard for you to breathe. Houseplants such as the Asparagus fern can soak up these VOCs and help in keeping the air clean.
7. Rubber Plant
An extremely popular indoors plant, this beautiful potted plant is a variety of ficus. It features thick upright stems with thickish, glossy and oversized leaves that have the ability to store water in case of drought. The plant prefers indirect but bright to moderate light. Incidentally, they have been found to filter formaldehyde.
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