20 Mar Why Houseplants are Good for You!
4 Reasons Why Houseplants are Good for You!
You might have noticed via our social media posts that we love plants. If you are on the fence about taking on the responsibility to care for some little green friends, then maybe this blog will help convince you to finally go for it. Here are four reasons you should go and get yourself some plants:
1. Plants assist you in breathing
As you might remember from your high school biology class, plants absorb and convert carbon dioxide into oxygen – this is called photosynthesis. Since our bodies do exactly the opposite by breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide it becomes clear that humans & plants are a match made in heaven.
But what happens at night when there is no sunlight & the plant’s photosynthesis temporarily stops? Well, it seems like most plants also need some rest. Fortunately there are some plants such as orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads who have a different rhythm when it comes to producing oxygen, so by keeping them in your bedroom, you can make sure that there will be plenty of fresh oxygen being produced while you sleep.
2. Plants will clean your air
Plants are so awesome that even NASA is a fan of them. They conducted extensive research on how plants can improve indoor air quality. The results conclude that plants play a significant role in “removing trace levels of toxic vapours from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.”
Lucky for us, they even included a top 10 list of plants that are most effective for removing toxic pollutants and purifying air:
1. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
2. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)
3. English ivy (Hedera helix)
4. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
5. Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
6. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
7. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
8. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)
9. Red-edge dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
10. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
TIP: The NASA researchers recommend at least one potted plant per 9 m2 of indoor space. So… the more the better 🙂
3. Plants will protect you from getting sick!
Nobody likes being sick. It sucks. Imagine a world in which your house plants reduce the risk of contracting the flu and other viruses. Surprise – this is actually the case! The roots of plants draw groundwater or, in the case of your house plants, the water you give them and evaporate this through their leaves. This process is called perspiration and is responsible for 10% of the moisture in the atmosphere!
The Agricultural University of Norway states that the presence of indoor plants reduces dry skin, colds, sore throat and dry cough. Another study shows that a higher absolute humidity has a reducing effect on the transmission of the flu virus. You can therefore think of your plants as an extra little support army to your own immune system. Amazing, right ?!
4. Plants help you work better
Since we are a specialty work studio, this one really hits home. According to several studies, working or studying in an environment that has plants can improve concentration & productivity, and can even increase memory retention by up to 20%. A study by Texas A&M states that “work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.”
So if you ever wondered why we have so many plants in our space, here is a scientifically justified answer.
And also… they’re beautiful, which leads me to a little bonus point:
5. Bonus reason: Plants will make your living space more beautiful and welcoming.
If neither of the previous four reasons have convinced you yet then maybe the most obvious one will; plants will make your living space look better. There is something about sharing a space with plants that make being in it more comfortable and homey. At least we think so 🙂
PS: Beware, buying plants is addicting – once you start you might find yourself turning your home into a jungle.