Health Benefits of Plants

Most agree that living in a comfortable, warm and healthy environment is a non-negotiable in our lives. How to create this can be overwhelming, challenging and open to interpretation. Fortunately there are universal ways to create healthy and beautiful indoor spaces with elements supported by science, popular culture and modern design.

Science

A number of studies have shown that the presence of houseplants can lower anxiety and blood pressure, decrease stress, and increase concentration.

NASA has actually studied the effect of indoor plants on air quality and published their findings. The following 10 beautiful houseplants are both easy to take care of and effective at increasing oxygen and clearing out toxins for cleaner breathing air.

Modern Design/Feng Shui

Feng shui means many things but generally it applies to creating environments that are aligned with the natural flow of the Universe, environments that can nurture and sustain one's energy and quality of life. Many modern designers use ancient Asian principles of Feng Shui as guides in home decorating.

Good feng shui energy, called Sheng Chi, is the bright, refreshing, uplifting feng shui energy that is beneficial to your health and well-being.  Lush, verdant live plants in good looking containers will not only brighten a space but also purify the air.  -- and they're also helpful in creating a more relaxing, restful ambiance in any space.

Conservation and Creating a Green Indoor Environment

Biophilia is a term coined in 1984 by the naturalist Edward Wilson. Literally, it means “love of life.” It refers to the way we are naturally drawn to and benefit from living things like pets and, of course, plants. While walking through a forest is nice, you can reap the natural benefits of biophilia from the simple presence of houseplants in living and work spaces.

In addition, live plants are one small way to make a statement for conversation and green energy. They are renewable and sustainable. Unlike fresh flowers, they continue to refresh the air and grow for months and years. Reduce your carbon footprint with something that will continue to add to the environment indefinitely.

Top Plants for Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

  • Bamboo Palm

  • Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

  • Dracaena

  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)

  • Ficus, or Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)

  • Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

  • Golden Pothos (Epipiremnum aureum)

  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)

  • Philodendron (Philodendron sp), particularly Heartleaf, Selloum (Philodendron selloum), and Elephant Ear Philodendron (Philodendron domesticum)

  • Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

  • Snake Plant, or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

For best results, have at least one six-inch plant for every 100 square feet.

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