The Value of House Plants
House plants have more value than just making a home look pretty or adding some nature to our lives. Although, house plants do add a design element to our homes they are more than decorous. Here are 5 reasons to add some plants to your indoor life:
- Improve indoor air quality. Research in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s (NASA scientist, Dr. Wolverton) showed that houseplants could filter out certain waste products produced by humans. House plants also effectively filter and remove pollution that is caused by our “sealed” indoor environments. When homes and buildings started to become more energy efficient, it also meant that indoor toxins were trapped inside. Plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert the toxins into food for the plant.
- Increase humidity. As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97% of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay. Studies have shown that by using plants in interior spaces there is a decrease incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Houseplants can be seen as organic antibacterial and living humidifiers!
- Bring meditative value. Taking care of plants allows a person to take a “time out” from everyday life. There is a feeling of nurture & going back to nature when we care for our plants. We tend to have a plant ritual and it has been shown that we are drawn to the care and tranquility of our plants. It is very rewarding mentally & spiritually when we see our plants thriving and growing.
- Improve cognitive skills. A study by Texas A&M University found that by keeping potted plants and flowers around your workspace, your creative performance and problem-solving skills can substantially improve . Another study at Exeter University, UK found that indoor plants improve concentration, productivity and boost staff well-being by 47% at work.
- Increase healing time from surgery. Being in close proximity to plants can help you feel calm and heal faster from injuries. Kansas State University research found potted plants and flowers are a “noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients.” Another study by Texas A&M University suggest that horticulture therapy can help patients in health facilities.
House plants are not only beautiful and can bring a design together in a home but they also have wonderful benefits to our health!
Here are some links to help you choose some indoor plants for your home: