People have been bringing plants into residential and other indoor settings for centuries. They brainstorm for the best spot on the windowsill, hang from railings, gather together in pools of light on the floor and take over the kitchen counter. We all know that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, but recently it was suggested that houseplants and their root systems, soil and bacteria absorb indoor pollutants like benzene and formaldehyde.Also, several small studies have found health benefits associated with indoor plants.
Here we bring you few benefits of indoor plants.
1. Breathing Easier
When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.
2. Purifying Air
Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87 every 24 hours. Substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene are absorbed by plants. Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers are present in abundance.
3. Increased Happiness
Research has shown that the presence of plants reduces stress and anxiety, increased feelings of calm, a marked improvement in mood and self-esteem. They also increase feelings of optimism and control. Plants also help ease feeling of depression. Also, they promote a general sense of well-being.
4. Improved Sleep
Plants can help promote deep sleep by giving off oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. The ‘Gerbera Daisy’ is not just a pretty flower, it’s an excellent oxygen producer and a great addition to your bedroom to help improve your sleep.
5. Treatment of Ailments
Plants can be great in first aid for a variety of ailments. To name a few, Aloe Vera is great first aid for burns, while Comfrey and Arnica can help with bruises and sprains, Calendula heals wounds and soothes skin, and Chamomile soothes an upset stomach.