How Beneficial Are Houseplants?
You must have seen people decorating their interiors with plants. Greenery indoors looks pretty and is a great style statement these days. However, embellishing the interiors with houseplants is not just for adding greenery. Plants interact with your mind, body and home in several ways that improve the quality of life.
Makes breathing easier
While breathing, the body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide and you know that :P. During photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite gas use pattern makes plants and humans natural partners. This is why planting trees is essential for the environment as well as for our health. So, if you want to increase oxygen levels in the interior of your home, you should consider placing plant pots.
Usually, in plants the process of photosynthesis ceases at night and they start breathing like humans, taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. However, there are a few plants that do just the opposite. They take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen even at night! Placing such plants in the bedrooms helps refresh air during the night. Such plants include – orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads.
While photosynthesizing and respiring, plants release water vapour. This increases the humidity of the surrounding air. Plants are known to release about 97% of the water they take in. By placing several plants together, you increase the room’s humidity and this keeps respiratory ailments at bay. Studies done indicate that plants in interior spaces decreases the chances of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry cough.
Help purify air
Plants help in removing toxins from the air. They help remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours says NASA research. The VOCs are formaldehyde (found in rugs, vinyl, grocery bags, cigarette smoke), benzene and trichloroethylene (present in man-made fibres, solvents, inks and paint). Benzene is found commonly in study areas as they are stacked with books and printed paper. Modern air tight buildings that are climate controlled, trap VOCs inside them. Research by NASA has discovered that plants help in purifying the trapped air by pulling the toxins into the soil where the microbes in the root convert VOCs into plant food.
Help improve health
Placing plants in hospital rooms helps in the speedy recovery of surgical patients, according to a research done. Compared to patients kept in rooms without plants, patients in rooms having plants suffered less from pain, had lower blood pressure and heart rates, experienced less anxiety and fatigue and were released faster from the hospital.
Placing plants in offices decreases fatigue and occurrence of colds, headaches, sore throats, cough and flu-like symptoms. A study reveals that when plants were placed in offices, the sickness rates reduced by 60 percent.
Helps sharpen focus
A study conducted in England has found that students demonstrate a 70% higher attentiveness when they are taught in rooms having plants. They found even the attendance to be higher for lectures that were given in rooms having plants.
So, how many plants should you be planting?
In order to reduce fatigue and stress and improve health, place one large plant after every 129 square feet. If you are planning to place them in the office or classroom, position plants such that everyone can see the greenery.
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