Health Facts and Tips # 17
House plants are not just decorative to your environment but they also benefit your health.
Having house plants is like bringing outdoors inside. This idea is especially inviting in the Spring and summer months. They add life to our living spaces, but did you know how much life they offer? After learning how plants promote health and well-being, I choose to entertain the idea all year. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate health into my lifestyle. In this blog, I want to share how you too can take advantage of this health opportunity.
How clean is your air? Who really knows the answer to that. We try to control as much as possible the quality of the air we breathe by using air purifiers and controlling the chemicals we put in the air. But, there are house plants that clean the air naturally. These plants have a way of absorbing particles from the air. Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene are some of the pollutants that linger in our indoor air. Certain house plants like the Garden Mum or the Spider plant help rid your environment of their harmful effects.
There are plenty of articles on how house plants improve health by living indoor among us. It could be in the office, home, hospital, or classroom. Plants have been known to decrease stress, fatigue, pain along with other ailments. One study stated it was because of our connection with nature and natural elements. It really does make sense, if you think about it. If we spend most of our time indoors, we miss out on the calming effects of nature. So, bringing plants into our living spaces allows us to have improved health.
There is something about focusing your attention on a green plant and letting your mind wonder. It’s true, house plants allow your brain to relax and therefore improve your focus and mental health. This is what one report found,
Workers with workstation views that included green elements were more satisfied at work and had more patience, less frustration, increased enthusiasm for work, and fewer health problems.
House plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In the process of breathing we take in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. House plants contributes to our respiratory efforts. At high levels carbon dioxide is toxic. We get fractions of carbon dioxide in foods we eat and in the indoor/outdoor air we breathe. Carbon dioxide is also used in many other things we use each day. So, having house plants as our natural filters helps us breathe a lot easier.
Humidify your Air
I live in a dry climate, so having moisture in the air is important to me. Not just in the winter months but also in the summer. House plants release water vapor into the air through a process called transpiration. When a plant is watered, it absorbs all the moisture it needs in it’s roots and leaves. Whatever water it doesn’t need it places it back into the air. We get the benefit of humidified air by having house plants in our living spaces.
I love that house plants are so versatile. They offer us their beauty and contribute to our health and well-being. If you are looking for a simple way to improve your health, buy a house plant. I know I’m going add to my collection of them.
As always, enjoy living healthy and smart!
Fjeld, Tøve. “Do plants in offices promote health?.” Agricultural University of Norway (2004).