Jul 1

5 Benefits of Decorating with Houseplants

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PhilodendronSome trends flare up and burn out quickly, and some are here to stay. Indoor plants are a trend that’s worth holding onto. Houseplants can have a major impact on the environment of your home. Here are five specific benefits that you’ll see once you add plants to your home’s design.

More Oxygen
Plants absorb carbon dioxide that humans breathe out and convert it to oxygen. They’re the perfect breathing partners for humans.

Cleaner Air
While plants cycle the air, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, they also filter it, removing toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia. These toxins have been linked to eye irritation and headaches, even nausea, and heart and kidney problems. NASA has actually released a list of the top plants for filtering the air, a study that is very interesting to those regulating the air in a space station.

More Moisture
Through a process called transpiration, moisture is released from plants into the air, raising the humidity levels in your home significantly. This can make your house cooler during the hot summer months, and reduce the incidence of dry skin, coughs, and sore throat.

A Happier, More Positive Outlook
According to numerous recent studies, greenery can relieve depression, and relax stress. Greenery attracts positive attention and pulls us outside of ourselves. It might go back to an evolutionary pattern. When we see green, we know we’re okay, and our body relaxes. People usually report feeling more positive and more in-control when they’re close to plants.

Better Cognitive Function
Greenery can also improve our cognitive function. Studies have found that people working in offices with decorative greenery are more accurate and effective in their work. Plants improve our attention span and our memory and might even make us smarter!

Five Easy Plants to Add to Your Home

  1. Peace Lily: This beautiful plant is easy to place because it does well in shade, and cool temperatures. Use it to brighten a dim bedroom or tv den, but remember that it can be toxic to cats and dogs.
  2. Snake Plant: This is one of the most hardy indoor plants you can imagine, resistant to drought, and able to thrive in almost any level of light.
  3. Bamboo Palm: This is a great choice if you want a large, very decorative plant that will be an effective filter for the air. They can fill up a lot of space, and sometimes make good floor plants. They require consistently moist soil and indirect sunlight.
  4. Philodendron: When you see this plant, you’ll recognize it as one of the most popular indoor choices. Their heart-shaped leaves and climbing vines mean that they can be really versatile. They’re easy to clean and care for, and are especially good at absorbing formaldehyde.
  5. Aloe: Not only does aloe filter out toxins found in cleaning supplies, but it can also be really handy when minor cuts and burns happen, since they’re nature’s remedy to such problems. Aloe is easy to grow in your home, but it loves lots of sun. Many people like placing it in bright kitchen windows.