• Deanne Panday

Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

Did you know that the air in your home could be harbouring unhealthy, invisible toxins that can be eliminated by plants?

Indoor air can be contaminated with multiple pollutants including pollen, dust, dander, cleaning solvents, formaldehyde, fungi, viruses, and much more. These pollutants are not visible to the naked eye but can cause serious health problems when inhaled.

What causes poor indoor air quality?

Insecticides, paints, chemicals used on furniture and gases emitted during cooking can deteriot the quality of air adversely.

Poor air quality can trigger allergies and respiratory problems. And thats exactly why every homemaker needs to add ' improvement of indoor air quality ' to their priority list.

Plants maintain our atmosphere and can easily help maintain the atmosphere inside your home. Embellishing your interiors with plants not only makes your home look pretty but also keeps it healthy.

If you still aren't conviced to bring home plants, I suggest you read my blog till the end.

Let's begin with the 'benefits of indoor plants'

1. Helps improve air quality.

Plants produce oxygen during photosynthesis and absorb carbon dioxide. Oxygen is essential for cellular respiration for all aerobic organisms. Example Us, humans.

Plants give us exactly what we need, oxygen.

2. Pleasant for your mind.

Most plans are green in colour r and colour psychology suggests , colours are capable of evoking certain psychological reactions. The color green symbolzies newness (freshness).

It has soothing effects on the human eye and mind. Gazing at green plants can help reduce stress.

3. Absorbs background noise.

Yes, you read it right.

Studies indicate that plants and their leaves absorb, diffract or reflect background noise, thereby making the environment more comfortable for the occupants.

Hence, it is suggested to place a few plants in the bedroom for a more silent and pleasant environment.

4. Reduces toxins.

Plants are magical. Not just carbon dioxide but also other harmful toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene can be reduced by simple placing plants in your haven.

5. Natural humidifier.

Plants give out 97% of water they consume. They release it in the form of moisture, leaving your home humified and fresh. Especially during winters, replace electrical humidifiers with potted plants.

6. Improves concentration.

Plants play the role of a stress buster and the human mind is the most productive when it is stress-free. Plants help you concentrate by providing a fresh, cool

and silent environment.

I suggest, you place a small plant on your child's study table or your office table and observe the difference.

7. Makes your room look pretty.

Plants are soothing to the eye. Placing few plants inside your home can give it an artsy look. Plants like aloe vera and spider plant are on the top of the list when it comes to indoor plants.

Don't know which plant to purchase?

Here's Top 5 indoor plants

1. Spider Plant.

NASA carried out a study called the Clean Air Study to determine which plants help to clean the air we breathe by eliminating harmful toxins. The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the plants on the list. It is one of the most popular and easiest to grow of house plants.

The spider plant will clean the air in your house of benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

Formaldehyde is a respiratory irritant that causes chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, and nose and throat irritation.

2. Aloe vera.

Aloe vera has been know for it's beauty benefits but how many of you know that it provides a lot of oxygen. The best part is it comes in various sizes, so that you can pick whichever size suits you.

3. Pot Mum

( Chrysanthemum Morifolium)

If you're looking for plant with fragrance. Choose a pot mum. These white pretty flowery plant

is easily available and can be placed in your living room.

4. Peace Lily

Famous for its ability to fight against toxic gases such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. These chemicals are usually present in paints and wooden furniture. Peace lilies are relatively easy to care for and even show signs of drooping when they need to be watered.

5. Areca Palm.

According to a study, the Areca palm removed more toluene and xylene than any other plant. Toluene is one of the notorious ‘toxic trio’ (that also includes formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate) known to be hazardous to human health.

Pick a plant and let it grow while you glow.

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