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Benefits of House Plants

When you fill your home with houseplants, you’re not just making your home more aesthetically pleasing, but these living organisms actually interact with you body, mind and home in ways that may enhance your quality of life.

Easier Breathing: Adding plants to indoor spaces can increase oxygen levels. When we breathe we release carbon dioxide and take in oxygen, plants do the exact opposite. Bear in mind, at night some plants respire similar to humans and then release carbon dioxide. Therefore by placing orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads in your bedroom will keep oxygen levels high.

Releasing Water: Plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air. Plants release roughly 97% of the water that they take in. By keeping these plants in your home this could keep respiratory distresses at bay. Studies have demonstrated that indoor plants reduce the occurrence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Pure Air: Plants remove toxins from the air, up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOC) every 24 hours. A VOC can include substances that are present in rugs, vinyl cigarette smoke, grocery bags, inks, solvents paint, and is typically bad for you. Plants take these toxins and regurgitate them in their soil using them for food.

Better Focus and Health: Experiements have proven that those in rooms with plants are more likely to focus and tend to be more healthy. This was discovered when plants were placed in rooms with surgical patients. Those that had plants compared to those who did not had lower heart rates and blood pressure and typically recovered faster.

Plants are definitely beneficial for your home and lifestyle, now how do you choose a plant:

  • Spider Plant: Purifies air rapidly
  • Dragon Tree: Purifies air
  • Gerbera daisy: Releases oxygen at night
  • English ivy: Removes benzene from air
  • Boston fern: Humidifies air
  • Philodendron: purifies air
  • Snake Plant: Purifies air and removes nitrogen oxide produced by fuel-burning appliances
  • Peace lily: Removes mold from air

Ideas and quotations taken from: http://www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/5-benefits-of-houseplants

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