Houseplants are becoming increasingly common in homes all across the United States and abroad. Houseplants are known to improve the air quality and can remove toxins in the air, which allows for an improved physical and mental health. This review discusses the health benefits of houseplants to help you decide if adding them to your home is right for you.
Houseplants: what are the health benefits?
The most notable health benefits of having houseplants include improved air quality, an increased energy level, faster healing times, and improved skin, among other notable benefits such as reduced stress and anxiety. The following is a more in-depth look at four of the most notable benefits.
Improved air quality
Many houseplants are capable of removing pollutants and allergens in the air such as ammonia and formaldehyde. They are natural air purifiers. This can help reduce the risk of certain illnesses and help prevent allergies as well as promoting improved breathing overall.
Increased energy level
Many with houseplants in their home also report feeling more energetic and being able to prevent fatigue much better each day. In fact, this is why many offices and people who work from home place plants around their work area. Houseplants can also improve the level of focus as well, so you can benefit from increased productivity as well as being able to work for longer periods of time without having to fight fatigue. There are scientific reasons for this benefit. Notably, plants can remove CO2 in the air through photosynthesis. Excess CO2 could otherwise lead to increased drowsiness and fatigue.
Faster healing and better pain tolerance
A study conducted by Kansas State University found that patients who have plants in their room are far less likely to require pain medication and have a better heart rate and blood pressure level. The study also found that patients are generally less stressed and less likely to experience anxiety. This means houseplants are more ideal for individuals who may struggle with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other common conditions that can lead to general discomfort.
Individuals who struggle with dry skin can greatly benefit by adding houseplants to their homes. Plants can release water vapor into the air, which in return can humidify the air and help prevent skin from drying out indoors. Some plants, such as aloe vera plants, can even help with skin conditions such as sunburn as well.
Bonus: aesthetic appeal
Last but not least, houseplants look great inside of any home. They can easily be placed in ideal locations to enhance the aesthetic appeal and make the home feel more comfortable. For those who desire a more subtle look for the houseplants inside their home, they can be placed more discreetly in the corner of rooms.
Everyone has their own reason for adding houseplants in their home, and they can help with productivity while working, assist in general pain relief, allow for more hydrated and less dry skin, and add aesthetic appeal.
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