4 Ways Houseplants Can Make You Healthier

There’s no denying the visual beauty and appeal that a colorful houseplant or indoor garden can add to a home. And not only can they be a source of great joy and inspiration, but they’re also beneficial to your health. Because they function opposite of the way we breathe—by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen—they help to freshen the air and eliminate toxins. In fact, studies performed by NASA have shown that houseplants can actually remove up to 87% of air toxins in 24 hours!

As one of the top-rated plant stores in Bucks County, we at Leck’s Greenhouses know how beneficial houseplants can be to both our physical health and mental well-being. Let take a look at some of the benefits of indoor plants, and how to make the most of them:

 

Purify Air

As we mentioned, plants absorb the carbon dioxide we exhale. Adding them to interior spaces can not only increase oxygen levels, but also allows them to purify the air by pulling contaminants into the soil and converting them to food. Some great options for naturally cleaning the air in your home include:

  • Peace Lily
  • Boston Fern
  • Devil’s Ivy

 

Release Moisture

Plants release moisture in the form of vapor as a result of their respiratory processes. In fact, they can release up to 97% of the water they absorb. This releasing of moisture helps to keep indoor air humidified, keeping respiratory issues at bay and reducing the instances of dry skin, sore throat, and dry coughs. Try adding the following to your home for added humidity:

  • Areca Palm
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Eucalyptus

 

Improve Health

Aside from creating beneficial conditions in the air inside our homes, houseplants have actually been shown to help speed recovery rates in hospitals. A study done at Kansas State University showed that hospital patients in rooms with houseplants had lower heart rates and blood pressure, required less pain medication, and were released sooner than patients without houseplants in their rooms. For lowering pain and fatigue, try:

  • Feverfew
  • Philodendron
  • Croton

 

Increase Focus and Enhance Well-Being

Looking at plants even help us to sharpen focus and relax. Research performed by Washington State University has shown that indoor plants reduce negative emotions and can help you feel more relaxed, calm and positive. For their de-stressing effects, try adding:

  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Red-Edged Dracaena

 

Clearly, there’s so much more to houseplants besides their visual beauty and charm. They’re also potent providers of a range of benefits. Making them part of your indoor living spaces can make you not only happier, but healthier as well.

 

For more information on incorporating houseplants into your home, call the premier garden shop in Bucks County, Leck’s Greenhouses, at 215-664-8648 today!


1. https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2007/ps_3.html  

2. http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/44/1/102.full.pdf

3. https://public.wsu.edu/~lohr/pub/2010LohrBenefitsPltsIndoors.pdf