The Benefits of Houseplants in Your Home
Many people love to keep plants in their homes, whether it’s in a sunroom, enclosed patio, office or kitchen. It could be fresh flowers, picked, cut and arranged as the centerpiece of a great dining experience. Or, it could be a beautiful living room statement that offers a variety of benefits to air quality and natural health.
Digging deeper, what are those benefits? Why keep a plant inside, over leaving it in the open air? Are there any overpowering negatives or cons?
Diving In: The Benefits of Houseplants
The benefits of owning even a low-maintenance houseplant are enormous. Not only do they make your home attractive and colorful, but they also have a tremendous impact on your physical and mental health. A plant, believe it or not, can improve the air quality inside your home, lower background noise and even reduce stress. Plus, there are inherent benefits that come from caring for plant and the success and achievements that experience fosters.
Here are three benefits of having houseplants in your home.
- Improved Air Quality
Of course, we all know from basic science classes that through photosynthesis plants create oxygen, but that also means they can act as air purifiers for your home. They can reduce harmful carbon dioxide levels trapped inside the walls and doors of your home.
Naturally, we breathe out carbon dioxide, which builds up extremely slowly, but the real danger comes from gas deposits and access points throughout your home. Like dangerous radon, carbon dioxide can build up inside. Since plants absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen, they can act as a deterrent.
More importantly, plants reduce pollutants found in the air, like benzene, formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide. In fact, plants can remove 87% of the air toxins trapped inside a home within just 24 hours. NASA even began studying this effect, optimizing it to find the best plants you can keep indoors.
- Lower Background Noises
While not well known, plants naturally act as a dampener for loud noises and ambient sound. That’s why many times, you see a living or green wall designed to separate a yard or private space from the outside world, such as a busy road on the other side.
Not only do they look nice, but certain plants are known to absorb, diffract or reflect background noises and high frequencies. The result is a more comfortable home environment, especially if it seems like your walls are paper thin.
- Reduced Stress Levels and Improved Mental Health
A study conducted by the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found being surrounded by plants can help reduce stress levels and increase productivity and concentration by 15%. Directly related is the fact that many people recover from debilitating mental illness faster when they’re in the presence of plants.
Experts aren't sure exactly why this is, but there are many arguments, statistics and theories to support the idea. Plants, for example, can regulate humidity in the environment and even contribute to lower blood pressure levels.
Caring for Your House Plants
The trick to be a flourishing plant owner is caring for them in a way that they’re able to thrive. This can be tough, especially if you don’t have a green thumb. Most people don’t realize this problem can be solved by choosing the appropriate type of plant, whether they’re indoors or outside.
There are many kinds of houseplants, so finding one that suits you and your lifestyle is crucial. If you’re out and about often, or quite forgetful, you don’t want to keep a plant that requires lots of attention.
Low-maintenance houseplants include the snake plant, succulents, white bird of paradise, peace lily and much more. You can read all about the types of plants that exist in this infographic from Woodie himself, as well as find basic tips for caring for them properly. If you’re striving to adopt a healthier, cleaner lifestyle, houseplants can help you achieve that.