5 health benefits of indoor plants

Indoor Tips

Indoor plants are great for adding a bit of colour and texture to your home. But did you know that they also provide a number of other benefits too which can enhance your quality of life?

Here’s how:

1. Increased oxygen levels

Us humans breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Plants do exactly the opposite when they photosynthesize, making us great home buddies. Just a few indoor plants can boost the oxygen levels in your home and improve the air that you breathe.

2. Increased humidity levels

As part of their photosynthesis and respiratory processes, plants release water vapour into the atmosphere. This increases the humidity of the air, which in-turn keeps respiratory distresses for us at bay and can help with dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

3. Air purification

Plants actually remove many harmful toxins from the air. Substances such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene are all commonly found in our homes, but plants can absorb them and pull them into the soil they live in.

4. Improved health

Research has shown that hospital patients who are surrounded by plants benefit from increased rates of recovery, compared to patients who stay in rooms without any plants.

One Dutch study, which set out to discover how plants benefit employees in a place of work, found that adding plants to an office environment decreases fatigue, headaches, colds, coughs, sore throats and other flu-like symptoms.

5. Sharpened focus

Students who study in an environment that contains plants are more attentive than those who don’t, according to a study by the Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England. Furthermore, attendance levels for students being taught in classrooms with plants were also higher.

How many indoor plants have you got? If your answer is none then maybe it’s time you added some…

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