The Health Benefits of Houseplants
Breath deep, “the Plants are IN the House!”. They don’t just look beautiful, there are many studies that show they reduce stress, create a sense of calm, clean the air and so much more. So, the next time you are debating about picking up that plant for the office or home – go for it!
Benefits of Houseplants in an Indoor Space
Clean air – Plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and can remove contaminants like cigarette smoke or airborne dust from the air.
Moisturized air – Plants are natural humidifiers sending moisture out into the air helping to stave off dry skin, lips and even colds.
Improved mental state – Plants have been shown to help patients in hospitals recover faster, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase a feeling of calm.
How Many Plants Equal Positive Health Benefits?
To reap the health benefits, a good rule of thumb (that’s a green thumb!) is one 8-inch diameter pot or larger for every 129 square feet of space.
Best Houseplants to Try
Spider Plant, Rubber Plant or Golden Pothos – All are good air cleaners for removing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, which are common volatile organic compounds emitted into the air by items such as carpet and furniture.
Areca Palm or Boston Fern – They release moisture (humidity) into the air, and have air purifying abilities.
English Ivy – Known for removing benzene from the air; a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke and detergents.
Peace Lily – Beyond its ability to purify the air, it is also known for removing airborne mold spores, which make them a good choice for the bathroom, kitchen or laundry room.
Aloe Vera – A natural healer that can be used on burns and cuts; it also purifies the air.