There is a new trend going on today that is making everyone busy and addicted – planting frenzy! Everyone is posting on social media about their new plants like snake plants, hibiscus, bougainvilleas, cacti, succulents, and some leafy plants. With this, the business of making and selling decorative pots for plants also became popular. This is a good habit though as plants give many health benefits. They are good not only for their visual beauty but also for the positive energy that they bring. They essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxin in 24 hours!
You can place plants inside the house and at your work, especially those with broad leaves, to help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity. Seeing lush foliage and flowering plants makes us feel relaxed and calm, which in turn boosts our mood and promotes well-being.
Creating your Personal Plant Sanctuary
Plants are a great stress reliever. Spending time cultivating your plants, arranging and repotting them can be a great way to make yourself busy instead of being idle and thinking of your problems. If you do not have a large space in your yard for your plants, you can create an indoor garden. An indoor garden can be your refuge from the outside world, and for many people, it is a source of great joy. Whether you live in a big house or a small condo or apartment, when you make your indoor garden you will start noticing an improvement in your health and well-being. Plants exude positive energy that our bodies absorb.
According to NBC News, studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15%, reduce stress levels, and boost mood — making them perfect for not just our home but our workspace, too.
Here are the benefits that we get from plants:
1. Plants help purify the air
Scientists agree that plants improve the indoor environment and are useful in fighting the modern phenomenon of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). No specific cause of SBS has been identified but poor air quality, excessive background noise, and inadequate control of light and humidity are all thought to be important factors. The ability of plants to absorb toxins and exchange gases and water with their surroundings can help tackle some of these issues. Because of this, more and more people are considering indoor plants to be part of their plant sanctuary.
Said article listed those benefits that interior plants can give:
- Reducing carbon dioxide levels
- Increasing humidity
- Reducing levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide
- Reducing airborne dust levels
- Keeping air temperatures down
The following are some of the best indoor plants that make the best air purifiers:
- Spider Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Snake Plant
- Peace Lily
- Bamboo Palm
2. Plants reduce background noise
Another remarkable finding of some studies is that plants have long been used to reduce noise from busy roads. Recent studies also show that indoor plants can help to reduce background noise levels inside buildings, too.
Some studies indicate that plants and their leaves absorb, diffract or reflect background noise, thereby making the environment more comfortable for the occupants.
3. They can reduce stress
When you experience pressure and stress from work and any activities or situation, putting a potted plant near your work desk or bed lowers stress levels and fatigue. Studies found how having plants in offices helps lowered people’s heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory problems. It is therefore recommended that we keep indoor plants and place them strategically inside our home, office, or work station. We can work better and become productive if stress and anxiety levels are lowered and become manageable.
4. They give healthy produce
You might think that planting fruit-bearing trees and vegetables indoors is a rare activity but there are many people who are engaged in it. Those who have rooftop gardens, window gardens, and courtyards have been reaping the fruits of their indoor gardening. Aside from saving money from buying products on the market, you are also sure that everything that grows in your indoor garden is fresh and pesticide-free! These plants can be grown indoors by just planting them in pots or in your courtyard. Some of the fruit-bearing trees listed here are dwarf and grafted trees that can bear fruits in just a year or two:
- Mandarin oranges
5. They can be pretty house decors
Plants are beautiful and they make any place more pleasing to the eyes. Putting a big pot of plant with broad leaves at your entrance welcomes you with positive energy and good luck. For an added beauty, use a decorative pot. These pots are also popular today. Most indoor plants do not need too much watering, cultivating, and trimming. Therefore you do not need to exert extra effort to take care of them. Placing potted plants on various corners of your home can also add to the cool and fresh ambiance of the area. Now you can fill any awkward space and turn it into a mini green paradise!