Most of us know instinctively that being close to greenery makes us feel more at ease with our surroundings. We experience less stress when there are plants around us. Interiors are quieter and more relaxed but, at the same time, more stimulating and interesting. Houseplants should ideally transcend trends. The benefits they offer should make us consider them a necessity, rather than an object of décor, because good health should never be out of style. If you need convincing, here are some of the ways that bringing plants inside helps us out.
They help us breathe
When we breathe, we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.
Plants help produce cleaner air
Research shows that indoor plants help rid the air of common toxins and indoor pollutants. The air purification ability of plants depends on factors such as size of the plant, size of the indoor space, and amount of toxins in the air, but 6 to 8 medium to large plants throughout a large room should be enough to make a noticeable difference in the air quality.
Plants make any room more comfortable
Not only do indoor plants add colour and liveliness to your space, but they also change physical aspects of the environment in pleasant ways. Plants can be used to increase the relative humidity indoors, reduce noise, screen unattractive areas, and moderate room temperature.
Plants boost healing
Plants have phytoncides and other airborne chemicals. These chemicals help to reduce the amount of stress you feel throughout the day. You don’t even need to see them gain this benefit! When you feel less stressed, your immune system gets a natural boost to help ward off illness.
Plants improve productivity
Homes or offices that have more pictures, decorations and plants have proven to be more productive workspaces. You get reminders of why you’re working and the goals you have in life. Spaces without any form of personalization can be demotivating and dull. Plants in the home also help to boost focus and mental clarity, which makes it much easier to focus on tasks at hand.