For those who are living in the city, where the street is filled with dust and pollutant, it will be a true relief if the indoor space is brightened up with green nice looking plants. But do you know that the tiny plant who is standing next to you can benefit you in many ways? Let’s check these 6 benefits of indoor plants to find out.
Decorate your indoor space
The first reason why people bring plants into their houses might because there is no one who doesn’t love having beautiful flowers and interesting foliage to look at everyday. It is true, plants look attractive.
In interior design and house decoration, indoor plants are widely used to screen, fill space, soften lines, hide views, improve traffic flow, reduce noise, or create space. Even without any knowledge of interior design, one might choose a plant simply based on its’ appearance.
There are also plants which have pleasant scents such as herbs or lime trees. It is always great to fill your home with wonderful fresh smell, which is a natural and chemical-free way to freshen your home, not to mention they can be handy for cooking.
Help you breath easier
As we all know, during photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. For us, when breathing, we do the opposite. Therefore, plants and people make great companions. These green friends help to increase fresh oxygen levels for human’s bodies. But you need to keep in mind that, during night time, most plants switch to absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide, so do not keep plants in your bed room except for a few types of plants such as orchids or succulents, which do the opposite during night time.
Purify the air
Plants are natural air purifier. They can remove dangerous compounds like volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, by pulling contaminants into soil where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant, according to NASA’s popular Study from 1989. The VOCs are emitted into air in our homes and workplaces by simple items such as furniture, carpets and other common household appliances.
By reducing air pollution, indoor plants can help decrease your risk of stroke, lung disease, and respiratory infection as well.
Plants can also help to keep the airborne dust level down since they trap the dust on their leaves, leave us the fresh clean air. A study at Washington State University found that 20 percents of dust was reduced with plants, especially those with thick leaves.
You’ve probably read from somewhere that about 10 percents of the moisture in the air we breathe is released by plants, as part of their photosynthesis and respiratory processes. By increasing the humidity of the indoor environment, plants keep our respiratory distresses at bay as well as reduce the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
This humidifying process also helps to cool down the temperature indoor and create a microclimate around where the plants are placed together.
Boost your mood/reduce stress
We might instinctively know that being close to the greenery makes us feel at ease. It is true that we experience less stress when surrounded by green plants; building are more quite and relax, at the same time, more stimulating and interesting.
According to Texas Agriculture & Medicine University, people who spend their time caring for nature are more likely to care for others. It can help you increase compassion and improve your relationships, which in turn, will give you the feeling of well-being and happiness.
Can be used as medicine
Some plants can be great in first aid for a variety of ailment. For example, the aloe vera plant has many healing benefits, including its’ ability to clean air. The gel of aloe plant can help heal cuts and is also effective in soothing burns. Comfrey and arnica can help with bruises and sprains while calendula heals wounds and soothes the skin, and chamomile soothes an upset stomach. So, keep some of these living medicine around your house, just in case.
To conclude, when you bring indoor plants into your interior spaces, you are not only adding greenery but also enhance the quality of your life by creating an interaction between these green friends and your body and mind.