Health Benefits of Plants

Most of us agree that adding live plants to our personal spaces has a positive impact.

Healthy, lush plants add beautiful splashes of color and provide a natural design element among other things. But did you know that there are actually mental and physical health benefits to having live plants in your home and office? Read on!

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

A number of studies, including several by NASA, have shown that the presence of houseplants can lower anxiety and blood pressure, decrease stress, and increase concentration. While some of those positive outcomes may seem a bit subjective, there is science to support the benefits of indoor plants to clean the air.

How does this work? Indoor air pollution is caused by mold, mildew, dust, etc. Even toxins like formaldehyde are present in homes and offices.   When plants produce energy through photosynthesis, they convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into oxygen. This process acts as a type of air filter. Plants also produce humidity. As the moisture evaporates, it raises the ambient humidity in a room. Have you ever walked into a greenhouse or florist and immediately noticed the air around you somehow feels cleaner? Now you know why.    

Scientists at NASA have identified 10 houseplants that are both easy to take care of and effective at increasing oxygen and clearing out toxins for cleaner breathing air. 

TOP PLANTS FOR REDUCING INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

  • Bamboo Palm 

  • Aloe

  • 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)

Of course, our homes are no substitute for a NASA lab, but there is definite evidence that live indoor plants do help clean the air. For best results, have at least one six-inch plant for every 100 square feet so THE MORE THE BETTER!

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