If you are looking for a way to spruce up your home then you should consider having houseplants inside if you don’t already. Houseplants have been in and out of fashion many times over the years but they can really help to make your space more appealing.
Not only do they bring some colour and life into your home, but they also have a number of benefits that you might not have otherwise thought about. We have put together a guide that details why you should consider houseplants in your home and the top 5 benefits they can bring. The main 5 things house plants help with include;
It is important that you have houseplants in the home as these living organisms can really help to improve your body, mind and home to give you a better quality of life. If you are still sceptical about how much they can help, our guide explains each of the above benefits in more detail.
If your home ever feels stuffy then it could because you are not getting enough oxygen. Plants and humans are natural partners as they have the opposite process in photosynthesis, so plants absorb the carbon dioxide you exhale. This means your home is filled with more oxygen and it should make breathing easier. However, consider different plants in different rooms, as most plants respire like humans during the night. Think about orchids or succulents in your bedroom as these absorb carbon dioxide during the night-time, leaving the air refreshed.
Not only do plants help your breathing but they can also help to clean the air by removing harmful toxins. It has been proven in studies by NASA that houseplants can remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds and harmful toxins from the air we breathe. This includes removing harmful toxins in the air such as formaldehyde, present in rugs and cigarette smoke, and trichloroethylene found in paint and solvents. Modern buildings can trap a lot of these VOCs, especially if you have draught-proofed your home, but house plants can help to get rid of these toxins.
There was also a study by The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, that suggested houseplants helped to make students 70% more attentive. If you work from home or often spend time doing the bills or sitting on a computer then houseplants can make your home environment a much better place. It can help you stay focused and stop you from getting a headache from staring at the screen for long periods of time.
If you thought that there wasn’t anything else that your houseplants could help with, then you might be surprised to know that they can also be healing too and help to improve your health. This study found that plants in hospital rooms helped to speed up recovery rates for patients and many required less medication after reporting their pain had eased. Houseplants have helped to lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and allow patients to experience less fatigue and tiredness.
Another great benefit to having houseplants in your home is that they release moisture vapour into the room and help to increase the humidity in the air. If you place a lot of house plants together in one room, then you can help to increase the humidity levels in your room which has a number of benefits. This can actually make your room feel warmer during the winter months which can help lower your heating bills. Improved humidity can also help you avoid getting ill with coughs and colds too so there’s even more reason to include houseplants in your home atmosphere.
There are so many benefits to including houseplants that you should make some space for them in your home if you haven’t already. If your home is already rather cluttered then maybe you should think about having a clear out. If you have a lot of items that you don’t want to throw away just yet, then why not think about self storage until you have the time to sort through them properly.