The benefits that houseplants have to offer us should make us consider them a necessity instead of just an item of decor.
Us humans, upon breathing, inhale oxygen and then in turn exhale carbon dioxide. Lucky for us, plants do just the opposite. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. See this article for details Just think about being closed up in a space such as your home. Now, think about all the oxygen you are taking in and all of the carbon dioxide that you are giving out. The more people in your home the less oxygen and the more carbon dioxide that there is. This is where favorite house plants come in. They come in beautiful and green, and save the day. Taking in all of our unwanted carbon dioxide and in return gifting us with fresh clean oxygen. Just think of each houseplant that you have in your home as your own little oxygen factory.
Now some plants are better than others in this air purifying process.
After extensive research on the benefits of plants in enclosed spaces by NASA, they have come to some wonderful conclusions. They determined what we have already talked about, that plants give us much needed oxygen and take away the not needed carbon dioxide. They also found that low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde (which are given off by many things in our home such as our carpet and furniture) can be removed from indoor environments by the plant leaves alone.
How Many and What Kind
The top 10 plants according to NASA for removing indoor pollutants are: Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii), golden pothos (Scindapsus aures), English ivy (Hedera helix), chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium), gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii), mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'), bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii), azalea (Rhododendron simsii), red-edge dracaena (Dracaena marginata) and spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). The ideal is to strive for 2 plants per 100 sq ft in your home for the best air purifying results. Concentrate them first in areas where you spend the most time such as bedrooms and family or living rooms.
Gift of Healing
Kansas State University conducted a study ( check it out here ) where they found that viewing plants during a patient’s recovery time after surgery led to a marked improvement in physiologic responses such as lower systolic blood pressure, and lower levels of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients who had no plants in their rooms. So, next time you are visiting a friend or family member in the hospital, give the gift of health and healing and take them a potted peace lily or spider plant for example instead of the cliche vase of roses. Both are beautiful but one gives health!
Stay tuned for more articles about individual plants, their care and how-tos.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and holistic home! Wake Up and Be Happy!