Houseplants Can Help Keep You Healthy

Aside from the beauty they bring to any style of decor, there are science-based health benefits of adding plants to your home.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

VOCs (short for volatile organic compounds) are a group of toxic compounds that may be found in all kinds of materials in homes like carpets, paints, kitchenware, and furniture (to name a few). Research has shown that indoor air may be more polluted than outdoor air! Certain plants can help to purify and remove these VOCs from the air. Others increase humidity and oxygen levels creating a more comfortable environment.

Better Moods

Houseplants have been shown to improve mood, lower stress, lower anxiety, lower blood pressure, improve concentration and increase productivity. The act of gardening or tending to your plants may have therapeutic effects on people suffering from depression.

Faster Healing

In a Kansas State research study, patients recovering from surgery who had plants in their rooms needed less pain medication, experienced less fatigue and anxiety, and had lower blood pressure during recovery than those who did not have any greenery in their room. Keeping plants in your home can help create a healing sanctuary in body and mind.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

  • If you have pets or kids, make sure to check that plants are safe. Some types can be toxic if eaten.
  • Proceed with caution if you have allergies to pollen. Many plants are pollen-free and most likely safe for people with allergies but be sure to choose carefully.
  • Keep an eye out for insects, mold, or plant infections. Proper care of houseplants is essential to ensure you don’t bring any nasty bugs into your home.

Some of the best plants for air purifying:

  • English Ivy
  • Spider plants
  • Snake plants
  • Palms
  • Dracaenas
  • Pothos
  • Ferns
  • Peace Lily
  • Bromeliads
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