Benefits of indoor garden or plants.There is a popular say that when the last plant dies the last man dies. Yes! Plants are very important in our daily lives. But do we know the positive impact of having a flower garden in your house or homes?
A lot of research has gone into the benefits of plants and human health. Studies have mixed results about the benefits, ranging from increased productivity in the workplace to only benefits for men or women. But none of these studies have found evidence of negative outcomes to having indoor plants.
Indoor plants can make our home more attractive, and give it a freshness and comfort. But not just about the beauty or decorative or aesthetic functions, growing plants has other advantages. While that pot is sitting pretty with little flowers, it’s actually giving you life in little cute ways. Experts in the field of green, strive to create with the help of the plants, a pleasant and quiet environment for residents, which will have a positive effect on mood and psyche of people. If you didn’t know, these are a few benefits of keeping live plants “in the house”
Benefits of keeping Plants:
They give and assist in breathing
Inhaling brings oxygen into the body, exhaling releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, of sorts: They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gasses. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.
But here’s something to know: When photosynthesis stops at night, most plants switch things up and absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide. However, a few special plants – like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – flip that script and take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Meaning, use these plants in bedrooms to keep the oxygen flowing at night.
Up to 80 to 90 percent of your time is indoors. Indoor air pollution can increase your risk for:
- Stroke, by 34 percent
- Ischemic heart disease, by 26 percent
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), by 22 percent
- Respiratory Infections in children, by 12 percent
- Lung cancer, by 6 percent
Plants are nature’s first air purifier. They can help remove dangerous compounds from fuels, furnishings, and clothing.
There’s conflicting research about whether or not plants can really purify the air. Many websites cite NASA’s popular Clean Air Study from 1989. But their research was done in a highly controlled space, and your home would need about 680 plants for the same effect.
But adding living green plants may still provide mild detoxification benefits to your home or office space.
Another office study notes that plants can remove up to 10 percent of the carbon dioxide in the air. They also found that three to six plants in the office can keep air toxins far below the recommended total. People also identify rooms with more plants as rooms with cleaner air.
Boost your mood
Plants can also teach us a thing or two about empathy. People who spend their time caring for nature are more likely to care for others. Caring for plants can help you increase compassion and improve your relationships.
Touching soft and smooth plants may also make you feel calmer, according to the book Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression.
Flowers are associated with positive events and can act as a mood enhancer. One study found that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and improve memory, specifically for an event. Participants of this study received flowers like roses, lilies, and daisies.
The colors you prefer may also depend on your culture and upbringing. For example, white is often associated with purity and harmony, but it’s the color of death in China.
Seeing and smelling fresh flowers in your home will also bring positivity, energy and enthusiasm. People who keep fresh flowers and potted plants in their home are more likely to carry optimistic energy throughout their day and work life. Flowers with bold, saturated colours will have a bigger impact in boosting your energy levels.
They help deter illness
In the great outdoors, plant roots tap the groundwater table for water which then evaporates through its leaves in a process known as transpiration. Studies show that this accounts for about 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere! The same thing happens at home (minus the groundwater table part), which increases the humidity indoors. While this may sound unappealing during hot moist months, it’s a gift during drier months or if you live in an arid clime. Using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. And other research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.
They help you work better
What? How? A number of studies with both students and workers reveals that studying or working in the presence of plants can have a pretty dramatic effect. As with simply being in nature, being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity. Being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent, according to a study.
Meanwhile, two Norwegian studies found that worker productivity is greatly enhanced by the presence of plants in the office. “Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration,” notes
Texas A&M. “Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.”
It might be a bit of work keeping live plants indoors because it will need extra care in other to keep it alive, but after knowing these few facts now, isn’t it worthwhile?