The Surprising Health Benefits of Houseplants

There are many ways to improve your health. One great way is to add house plants to your home! Here are some great benefits to investing in a few houseplants for the home or office:

During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.

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Plants constantly remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde, which is found in cigarette smoke, rugs, vinyl, and grocery bags.They also remove other dangerous compounds found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint.

If you have a bedroom above the garage, add houseplants to that room. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is released by cars and can be extremely dangerous. As the carbon monoxide from the car rises into the room, the plants will convert it into oxygen.

Did you know Aloe Vera plants can remove formaldehyde, and the ficus plants removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air?

In addition to these allergens, there are many more that we should be aware of. Here are a few of the top home allergens:

Plants are also beneficial in hospital recovery rooms: Researchers at Kansas State University discovered that patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner than those who did not have plants in their rooms.

A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in England, found that students demonstrate 70 percent greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.

Have an aquarium? Add plants there as well. Live water plants for the aquarium provide oxygen for the fish, gives them a place to hide, and even removes the carbon dioxide and amonia your fish generate.

Plants are a great way to decorate your home or cubicle and help remove impurities from the air. Sometimes, the smallest changes can make the biggest differences in your health. Invest in a few houseplants and reap the benefits.

Put one (or two) in the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area. Your body will thank you!

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