Plants are everywhere and whether you notice them or not, their presence has a positive and healthy effect on you. Plants clean the air we breathe by absorbing the carbon dioxide we exhale and provide us with fresh oxygen in return. Plants are also effective in removing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the environment.
Plants are pleasant to look at, they actually have a stress reducing effect on people, and help us to maintain good health. That is why you will find plants in many places such as homes, schools, offices, hospitals, and in the natural world.
Research suggests that indoor air can actually be up to ten times more polluted than the air outdoors. There are many products inside the home that contain harmful properties such as dust, bacteria, and mould. Even everyday household products such as plastic bags, paper towels, and carpeting can give off intoxicating fumes which induce allergic reactions. While it is possible for humans to rid our houses of these materials, it is much easier to invest in a couple of green roommates (they make for a nice decorations too).
Way back in the 1970s and 80s, NASA designed a liveable base for the moon and used plants to clean the air inside – the results were that the air was completely breathable and just as clean as on earth! Some of the best plants for purifying are Areca Palm, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Schefflera, and Bamboo.
Plants can help us to stay healthy, help us breathe, and can help us to heal. Hospital rooms that have plants inside of them offer a better atmosphere, cleaner oxygen, and contain a higher successful healing rate. Even the hospital workers can benefit and escape from their stress-filled day.
Whether you need clean air or a mood adjustment, plants (in the home and in nature) match the requirements!