Houseplants do more than just beautify your indoor space. Research shows that keeping plants inside your home can bring a host of physical and mental health benefits. Once you learn more about the therapeutic nature of plants, you'll be inspired to get your green thumb on.

Plants Fight Pollution Indoors
Indoor air quality is an increasing health concern. Indoor air can be as much as 12 times more polluted than outside air in some areas, due to compounds in paints, furnishings, clothing, and building materials.

Don't be frightened--get some plants! Research shows that many common houseplants and blooming potted plants can improve your health by helping to fight these pollutants in your home. The ability of plants to remove chemicals from the air is called phytoremediation.

While it's common knowledge that plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as part of photosynthesis, research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) also confirmed that plants eliminate harmful gases from the air. NASA findings showed that houseplants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in a 24-hour period. Researchers believe that all houseplants may offer these benefits to a certain degree, though they haven't all been tested. According to this study, the best plants are: dragon tree, ivy, ficus, philodendrons, spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, chrysanthemums, palms, and the rubber plant. You need a plant for every 10 square yards of floor in your house to ensure a considerable degree of air detox.

Plants Help Fight Colds
indoor plants decreased coughs, sore throats, fatigue, and other cold-related symptoms by more than 30 percent. These benefits to the fact that plants help increase humidity levels and decrease dust in your home.

Plants Make You Happy
Benefits of plants can be seen across many studies in the cognitive, psychological, social, and physical realms. Some of the psychological benefits include:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved mood and sense of well-being
  • Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Increased feelings of calm, relaxation, and optimism
  • Increased sense of stability and control

Plants Enhance Cognitive Function
Keeping plants indoors can make you think better. The mental benefits observed during this research include:

  • Improved concentration
  • Improved memory
  • Better goal achievement
  • Heightened attention

Indoor plants have also been linked to a boost in creativity. Workers who were in a room with two potted plants and a bouquet of flowers generated 13 percent more ideas than workers in a room with sculptures. Bring more greenery and less stress into your home life!

 

Source: http://www.healthline.com/

 

 

 

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