Most humans are instinct drawn to greenery. It is like an unconscious connection; greenery seems to have an impact on the physiological and psychological functioning of the human body and brain in addition to greatly improving the environment by removing toxins and enhancing air quality. Recent studies have also found that a green environment seems to lead to a less stressful work and home environment. Therefore, when you embellish your interior spaces with many varieties of indoor plants these living organisms can bring several benefits to the air quality of the space and health benefits to the mind, body and spirit of the individual occupants. This article discusses the top most health benefits of indoor plants and those indoor plants that have been identified as having a positive impact on the environment and the health of individuals. Thoughtful use and placement of the identified plants could have improvement on many air borne conditions and overall health. Studies have reported that indoor plants improve breathing, purify air, reduce incidences of coughs, dry skin and soar throats, reduce stress, lower heart rate, stress, anxiety, and blood pressure are among the top health benefits noted..
As you breathe your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. The process in plants called photosynthesis, absorbs the carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. It is this pattern of the exchange of gases between plants and humans that show the interdependency and makes plants and humans natural partners.
Plants added to interior spaces increase oxygen levels, the basic element needed for human existence. Plants like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads take in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. These types of plants placed in bedrooms refresh the air during the night when photosynthesis occurs.
Other respiratory issues such as dry coughs, soar throats, colds and even dry skin can often be the contributed to the of lack of moisture and humidity present in the air. During photosynthesis plants release moisture vapor which increases the humidity of the air around them. Plants release ninety-seven percent of the water they take in, releasing vapor into the air. By placing several indoor plants close together the humidity of a room can be increased helping to reduce respiratory distresses. According to The University of Norway studies conducted on the use of plants in interior spaces discovered a decrease in the incidence of several respiratory conditions.
Another important use of indoor plants is their ability to purify the air. According to NASA research, plants remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds, toxins, from the air every twenty-four hours. Some of the major offenders like formaldehyde ( present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and plastic grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint) is found abundantly in study areas where books, magazines and printed papers are located
The most popular gift item in hospitals for wishing a family member or friends a speedy recovery are plants. According to researchers at Kansas State University upon examining the recovery speed of surgical patients compared patients in rooms without plants found that the patients in rooms with plants requested less pain medication, had lower heart rates and blood pressure, experienced less fatigue and anxiety, and was released from the hospital sooner.
Another health benefit reported by the Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England , found a seventy percent greater attentiveness when taught in rooms where indoor plants were present. Higher attentiveness and attendance was also found for lectures given in classroom with plants.
Studies have also shown that environments with indoor plants seem to reduce stress and increase the sense of well being. Researchers have noted employers report increases in productivity, improved moods, less fatigue, anxiety and reduces sickness in environment's with indoor plants. Learn more in Tips for Healthy House Plants.
Some common indoor plants for improving the environment and providing overall health benefits include: Spider plants, Dragon Tree, Gerbera Daisy, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Philodendron, snake plant, and the Peace lily. Learn more at Flowering Houseplants, and Houseplants for Low Light