Why Indoor Plants Are A Must For Your Health

Adding indoor plants to any space in your home creates an aesthetically warm and inviting appearance. They are a great decorative element but did you know that plants can also provide significant health benefits? Indoor plants are a must for keeping you and your family healthy…

Why Oxygen is Important  

We all know plants give off oxygen which our bodies need to function and fuel its processes. Oxygen powers our cells and provides the foundation for survival. It also is an important part of our immune system by helping to fight against bacteria and viruses. In the digestion process, it is used to break down sugar from the food we eat to provide energy. We also need oxygen for our eyes to function properly.

Plants have a synergistic effect with the human body by working in the exact opposite way- we absorb oxygen and let out carbon dioxide while plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. By increasing the number of indoor plants in your home, you will increase the amount of oxygen in the air. This will allow your body to operate more efficiently!

Plants That Give the Most Oxygen

Certain houseplants give off more oxygen than others. Here is a list of best oxygen-producing plants, along with their subtype:

Fern- Boston

Palm- Areca

Lily- Peace

Daisy- Gerber

Spider plant

Snake plant

Aloe Vera– can also be used topically to soothe skin

Other Indoor Plant Benefits 

Naturally eliminate odors- Most plants smell great and can take the place of manufactured air fresheners.

Reduce anxiety and tension- Plants can help you de-stress. Nervous energy is redirected by taking care of your greenery. This focus on a nurturing and positive activity will lessen anxiety and create a healthier you.

Increases productivity- plants help to absorb sound. By lessening distracting noise in your home, you’ll notice a boost in your ability to focus and be productive.

To further support the benefits of indoor plants, a study conducted in 2009 assessed the impact of live plants in a university classroom on students’ performance and participation. The researchers concluded that having indoor plants had a positive impact on student performance. The research showed improved levels of satisfaction, mood, and overall feelings. The study substantiates previous research that supports the benefits of plants beyond aesthetics.

To read more on this subject, check out Jon VanZile’s book, “Houseplants for a Healthy Home: 50 Indoor Plants to Help You Breathe Better, Sleep Better, and Feel Better All Year Round.” 

This is the perfect time of year to add indoor plants to your home. Enjoy the beauty while simultaneously benefiting from their incredible health advantages!


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