Adding indoor plants to your home not only looks good, it can enhance your quality of life. Houseplants have a range of health benefits that may surprise you. They can help improve your mental health, work performance and your home environment.
Here are some reasons why indoor plants are good for you from the home doctor experts at House Call Doctor.
They will help you breathe easy
Adding houseplants to your interior spaces can increase oxygen levels. We breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide, whereas when plants photosynthesise, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In most plants, photosynthesis ceases at night but there are a few plants that do the opposite, such as orchids and succulents, which are great to keep in your bedroom to refresh the air as you sleep.
They can purify the air
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) include substances like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene commonly found in rugs, furniture, grocery bags, inks and paint. NASA research has discovered that plants can purify the air by eliminating these toxins.
They will leave your house smelling nice
Fragrant plants are an effective way to fill your home with a fresh scent. It’s a natural and chemical-free way to freshen your home. Many edible plants, including herbs, can of course be used for cooking.
They can decrease stress and improve mental health
Plants at home or even in your workplace can have a positive effect on stress levels and enhance productivity. When you’re feeling down, plants and flowers can improve your mood and help you feel relaxed.
They are natural humidifiers
During photosynthesis, plants release moisture into the air which increases humidity. If you place a few plants together, you can increase the humidity of a room which can help with respiratory conditions, dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.