Plants don’t just look attractive but are also greatly advantageous for your health. The benefits of interior landscaping go way beyond the aesthetic appeal; they are good for you in a variety of subtle ways and provide a pleasing and peaceful environment to move, work or relax.
When you add houseplants to your home or office you are not just adding greenery, but you are adding health too. How?! The living organisms in the plants interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life. Here are some reasons on how they are good for you!
Helps reduce stress
Have you noticed that when you are out taking a walk in a park, you naturally feel calm! That’s because been close to nature creates a sense of well-being, makes us feel at ease and be less stressed. Research has shown that interior landscaping has deep effects on the happiness of people.
Improves air quality
Scientists have proved that plants help improve indoor environments and are very effective and useful in fighting Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), which is poor air quality, disproportionate background noise and insufficient control of light and humidity. Plants have large surface areas, exchange gases and water with their surroundings and can help tackle such issues. They reduce carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity, reduce levels of certain pollutants such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide, reduce airborne dust levels and keep air temperatures down.
According to NASA research plants remove up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours from the air. You might not realize it, but there are toxins around us through VOCs that include formaldehyde found in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags, paper bags, facial tissues and paper towels; benzene and trichloroethylene found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents, printing inks, paints, varnishes, plastic resins, dyes, furniture wax and paint; Xylene in rubber, leather and paint and ammonia in window cleaners, floor waxes and fertilizers; benzene in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers flourish, to name a few.
Lowers background noise
In some places and offices there is constant noise all the time; through phone chatter, children shouting, footsteps on hard floors, conversations in nearby cubicles, printers, AC systems and more. This can be distracting, interruptive and can make people less productive.
Plants help lower backdrop noise from busy roads inside the buildings too and that is because plants and their leaves absorb, diffract or reflect background noise, which makes it comfortable for people. Certain plants are exceptionally good at absorbing high frequencies, especially in acoustically live spaces with hard surfaces. Stems, leaves, branches and wood absorb the sound.
Helps breathe easier
Adding plants to inside spaces increases oxygen levels. When we breathe, our body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This pattern makes plants and people natural and great partners.
In the night, when photosynthesis stops plants respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. However a few plants like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads do the opposite, where they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. So it is beneficial to put these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.
Thanks to the photosynthetic and respiratory process of the plants, they release moisture vapor that increases the humidity of the air. It is known that plants release about 97 percent of their water intake. So, if you place many plants together you can increase the humidity of a room and keep respiratory problems like colds, sore throats and dry coughs away.
Putting plants inside hospital rooms has shown to improve health and speedup up recovery rates of surgical patients, according to a research which showed that patients in rooms with plants requested less pain medication, had lower heart rates and blood pressure, experienced less fatigue and anxiety and were released from the hospital faster.
Adding plants in the workplace decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. It was also found that students display 70 percent more attentiveness when they were taught in rooms containing plants.
Here’s how to use benefits of plants to your benefit!
- Put plants like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.
- You can use screen plants for privacy, which will not only absorb noise in a busy office, but will also be an attractive addition.
- Choose several smaller ones, instead of one big one, since they are best suited for sound reduction purposes.
- Use large planters if needed in large areas; bigger the plant pot, more soil it has and greater the surface area. And both are great absorbers of sound.
- To best reduce noise, the plants should be placed near the perimeter of the space instead of the center. The sound will then reflects off of the walls and straight into the leaves of the plants.
- How many plants could be your concern. This would vary based on your goals and need.
- To improve health, decrease fatigue and stress, put one large plant every 100-odd square feet. If it is in an office, then position plants in such a way that each person has greenery in sight.
- To purify air, use about 15 to 18 plants in 6 to 8-inch diameter pots for 1,800-square-foot home.
Of, course; you would need to match the right plant to the right growing conditions.
Best Plants for Indoor Use
||Where to Use
||Purifies air quickly; removes formaldehyde
||Purifies air; eliminates formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylene
||Releases oxygen at night; purifies air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene
||Bedrooms to refresh nighttime air or living spaces
||Eliminates benzene from air
||Rooms, home, office
||Purifies air; removes formaldehyde
||Living spaces of new or renovated homes with new floors, walls etc.
||Purifies air; eliminates formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide produced by fuel-burning appliances
||Living spaces, kitchens
||Removes mold from air
||Bathrooms or damp areas of home
Make your home or work space a happier environment and a more tranquil place, one that you would enjoy anytime and feel good; all by just putting some plants inside – for your own good!