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The 7 Benefits of Having Plants Around You

The 7 Benefits of Having Plants Around You

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The 7 Benefits of Having Plants Around You

No space be it at home or at work is complete without plants. Plants give an earthy and homely feel to any space and can light up one’s mood. Apart from these making us feel good, plants have numerous other benefits as well. With pollution levels and global warming at an all-time high, planting more trees and plants is a substantial step towards reversing the damage done to our environment and planet.

Plants have a crucial role to play in ensuring we have a safe and healthy future. If you have a garden, balcony, even your office desk – it is possible to install indoor and/or house plants in them. These plants are easy maintenance as well. So let’s be responsible and start planting!

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Benefits of Keeping A Plant:

1. Increase Oxygen Supply

Plants are great for us as they are producers of oxygen – the very substance that keeps us alive. While human beings inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, plants do the exact opposite; they absorb CO2 and give out oxygen. Increased oxygen levels have multiple benefits for us. Oxygen boosts the brain’s functioning, increases alertness, reduces fatigue, improves strength, enhances blood circulation and cardiovascular activity, induce feelings of calmness, and battles stress (Valeo Wellness and Health Centre, 2020).

2. Increase Humidity For Better Health

Roughly, plants release 97% of the water they absorb which leads to a humidifying effect in a room. A humid environment prevents respiratory problems like cold, sore throat and even dry skin. So if you stay in a very cold and/or dry climate and are prone to sore throats and common colds, we recommend you stock on several house plants to retain the air’s moisture.

3. Purifying Air

“Plants remove toxins from air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research” (Bioadvanced.com, 2020). Substances such as formaldehyde found in cigarette smoke, vinyl and rugs, and benzene and trichloroethylene contained in certain solvents, paints, and inks, etc. are essentially VOCs. According to the NASA research, it was concluded that “plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.” (Bioadvanced.com, 2020)

Offices, libraries, colleges, universities, etc. would particularly benefit from keeping plants.

4. Plants Make Us Happier And More Productive

Simply looking at plants has a relaxing and calming effect on us. The sight of a plant sitting on your desk in an attractive pot can have a great impact on your mood and productivity at work. So green up and clean up your workspace. You will get great compliments at work on your ideas!

5. Plants Enhance Your Ambience

Be it at work, your weekend retreat, at home in your bathroom, bedroom, even your kitchen, plants make for great interior accessories. There are so many varieties of these natural accents for your interiors, they can fit blend in with any style of decor right from elegant to minimalistic to tropical and ethnic. Pot them in beautiful pots and surround them with natural stones, idols, artwork, etc. and voila! You have a beautiful space.

6. Grow Your Food

By indoor plants, we are not just implying ornamental plants but also flowering plants that bear flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Try organic farming in your kitchen garden, farm, or balcony and see the difference it makes. You will be engaged in something productive and useful. Consuming food grown by yourself is very healthy and makes you feel peaceful. Baby tomatoes, coriander, etc. can be easily grown indoors.

7. Enhance Wellness

Grow herbs like lavender, rosemary, thyme — these can be used to garnish foods and to enhance wellness. These herbs are widely used in aromatherapy for their mood-enhancing and healing benefits. Infuse your diffuser or inhale the fragrance of these herbs to blow off work-related stress after a long day. Plants like the Chinese bamboo plant also bring good luck and positive energy.

Great Indoor Plants: 

Philodendron

Philodendrons have It is found that philodendrons filter formaldehyde. Also known as money plants and devil’s ivy, these plants are a joy to have anywhere and everywhere. They thrive in water and soil, grow in the shade, and don’t need watering every day. You can also change their water every 2-3 days initially and then increase the gap. If tended to carefully, these green beauties can grow up to 10 feet long.

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Snake Plant

The snake plant is a very attractive looking plant that resembles reptile skin. It is a very sturdy plant that needs very little water and still thrives. It also has a purifying effect by cleaning the air off nasty chemicals like trichloroethylene, benzene, etc.

Pothos

The pothos plant is an air-purifying green that you will love. It is easy to maintain and often confused with the philodendron or money plant. It filters chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene (The Sill, 2020). It is perfect for your office and certain corners of your home in case you don’t have a sunny balcony.

Bird’s Nest Fern

The Bird’s Nest Fern plant thrives in a humid environment and where there is less sunlight. Again, these are perfect for your room, kitchen, and office. These too are air purifiers and help getting rid of nasty substances in the air.

Other plants you can try propagating indoors are lucky bamboo plants, spider plants, English ivy, dragon tee, peace lily and a variety of succulents and bonsai plants which need very less water and overall maintenance.

Conclusion

For centuries, people have always co-existed with plants. Plants and plant matter are intricately tied to human life. Right from food to medicine, plants have played and continue to play an important role in environmental sustainability. Placing indoor plants in your home and/or office is a great idea because plants have multiple health and wellness benefits. Right from purifying the air to simply getting us an in a happy mood, plants can do it all. So head to your local nursery right now to hunt for some green treasures!

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