Let’s face it, a majority of us wouldn’t survive outdoors for long periods of time. We don’t have the Bear Grylls skills to make it out there. So it only makes sense to bring the outside in by sharing our space with indoor plants. Plants are so much more than objects to add to a room. The benefits of having indoor plants can have profound positive effects. Not only are they great to look at, they also come with many health benefits.
You won’t get the full effect of being outdoors—which might actually be a good thing (bugs and all)—but having plants indoors can change your life. Here are the 8 benefits of indoor plants:
1. Houseplants Clean Air
Does breathing fresh clean air sound good to you? Houseplants can improve oxygen levels in your space. As we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide throughout the day, many indoor plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen using photosynthesis. This, in turn, helps us breathe easier.
At night, certain plants like succulents, bromeliads, snake plants, and orchids will continue to release oxygen and take in carbon. That equates to a better night’s sleep.
According to research by NASA, plants can purify toxins in the air by up to 87% a day. They reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Plants do this by pulling contaminants into their soil, converting the VOCs into food.
Plants eat the stuff that pollutes our air, how wild is that?
2. Increases Humidity
Too much moisture in the air can sometimes be unpleasant, so what makes an increase in humidity a good thing? Increased humidity not only helps your respiratory system, it also reduces dry skin, prevents sore throats, coughs, and even colds. Plants provide just enough humidity to create a healthy environment that will put respiratory distresses at ease.
Not only will you feel healthier, you’ll look healthier, too.
3. Enhances Productivity
With everything going on in our busy lives, staying productive for prolonged periods of time can be tricky. Luckily for us, plants help provide that extra push we need. Their ability to clean indoor air by producing oxygen, absorbing toxins, and increasing humidity results in creating a better atmosphere for the people nearby. Being in the presence of plants can help with concentration, productivity, and creativity. They even boost your mood.
Plants make people happy.
4. Better Focus
With so many distractions around us, it’s difficult to get anything done. How do plants help with that? A study in England found that rooms containing plants improved attentiveness by 70%. Studies have also found higher attendance rates in classrooms with plants.
How? Well, plants have the superpower of reducing background noises. They absorb high frequencies and reflect, absorb, or diffract sounds that bother us. They turn all those pesky little distractions down, which improves focus, reduces mistakes, and enhances learning abilities.
5. Strengthens Relationships
Plants help teach empathy, compassion, and a nurturing attitude. It takes a lot of responsibility to take care of a living thing, but it can also be very rewarding. Although plants are resilient to some of the harshest environments, they need your help to thrive.
Caring for a plant isn’t always easy. Sometimes they’ll wilt, lose leaves, or change colors. There’s only so much one can do to keep them alive, but the what matters most is the effort you put in. The care and love you give to your plant will leech into other parts of your life. You’ll treat people better, build stronger relationships, and learn to give more than you take.
Plants are also beneficial for people with small social circles. They provide company and depend on their human buddy to survive. This is a great reason to get up every day. Not only do they improve your happiness, but they make you a better person, too (and they’re cheaper than pets).
The world isn’t so lonely when you have a plant by your side.
6. Improves Health
We already know how plants purify our air, but did you know that plants also help speed up recovery rates? A Kansas State University research showed that adding plants to hospital rooms had beneficial effects on surgical patients. Patients had lower heart rates, blood pressure, and required fewer pain medications. Plants even reduced anxiety and fatigue, allowing patients to leave earlier than expected.
In an office setting, plants reduce colds, coughs, headaches, sore throats, and flu-like symptoms. A Norway study showed that sickness rates decreased by 60% in offices with plants.
7. Reduces Stress
The presence of plants creates a feeling of well-being. They provide a tranquil environment that reduces stress and puts our minds at ease. Being around plants can be therapeutic. Studies have proven that plants help us relax, work harder, and stop us from freaking out over every little thing. This makes plants perfect for homes and offices.
Bring a plant home, take a deep breath of cleaner air, and know that everything’s going to be okay.
8. Brings Life to Your Space
Having a plant around will not only make you feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically—they also improve the look of your space. Plants come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes a little greenery is all it takes to tie a place together. Plants are a popular decor element that can bring a space to life. You can even change their decorative pots to match with the rest of the place. Since they are living things, they’re always changing with the season, so you won’t get bored with having them in your space.
If these benefits sound good to you, the next step is to bring a plant home. With so many to choose from, where should you start?
Plants come in all shapes and sizes and many of them will provide the benefits listed above. Some highly recommended plants include:
- Snake plant
- Spider plant
- Dragon tree
- English ivy
- Peace lily
- Bamboo palm
- Chinese evergreen.
After finding the plant that you want, take some time to learn how to care for houseplants.
If you’re still not sure what to get, here’s a collection of 4 easy-care, air purifying plants to start you off: Click Here
After learning about all the benefits of indoor plants, it’s hard to picture a life without plants by my side. Houseplants improve many aspects of a person’s life and taking care of them is more cost effective than owning pets or going to therapy. Plants have a therapeutic effect on people that can improve their current way of living. I hope this inspires you to bring some greenery into your life so you can reap the benefits and feel the joy of living with plants.
How have plants changed your life?