Interested in living a better life, enjoying some company, and being healthier? Get new roommates… I mean houseplants!
Houseplants make great roommates because they share (oxygen), do nice things for you (clean), and make you a better person (feel better).
The downside is that they won’t pay rent and require some attention, but they earn their keep.
We know that photosynthesis makes plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, while humans intake oxygen and output carbon dioxide.
This symbiotic relationship just makes sense, but there’s more…
According to the NASA Clean Air Study, there are more than 25 household plants that filter the air for substances harmful to humans: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia.
Breath Better at Night
Photosynthesis stops at nighttime, and plants typically “breath” like we do (oxygen in, carbon dioxide out).
Orchids, succulents, and epiphytic bromeliads do the opposite so put these plants in bedrooms.
Houseplants decrease stress and increase optimism.
According to researchers at Kansas State University, surgical patients with plants in their rooms request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.
Keep from Getting Sick
Indoor plants increase the oxygen, reducing the staleness of the air and keeping you from getting headaches.
Plants decrease carbon dioxide, helping to reduce drowsiness and improve your focus by 70%.
By reducing your stress and increasing your optimism, they can reduce your blood pressure.
They also decrease dust, reducing cold-related illnesses by more than 30%.
Plants act like humidifiers, releasing moisture vapor into the air.
Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.
Beautify Your Home
Of course, just adding natural beauty to our lives provides additional benefits.
You could even beautify with artificial/fake/faux plants, but you won’t get the other benefits.
Recommended Indoor Plants and How to Care for Them
These links help answer the question, “Which plants where?” and provide tips to care for them:
- Top 9 Air-Purifying Plants, 2 Favorites that are Easy to Care for
- The Best Plants for Each Room: Living Room, Bedroom, Bathroom, Home Office, and Sun Room/Porch
- The Ideal Number of Plants for Your Area
- Tips and Tricks for Keeping Houseplants Alive