As well as looking beautiful, keeping plants in your home brings huge benefits including cleaner air, improved moods, reduced stress levels and more…
You’re not just adding greenery to your interior spaces. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.
- Breathing easier Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.
- Releasing water As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97% of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay.
- Purifying air Plants remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Plants purify that air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.
- Improving health Adding plants to hospital rooms has been shown to improve recovery rates of surgical patients and adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. In a study by the Agricultural University of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants.
- Sharpening focus A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants.
Mental health benefits
According to a recent survey by Arboretum, 42 per cent of 2,000 participants said that being around plants improved their mental health. This figure was even higher in London, where more than half (56 per cent) admitted plants make them happier.
- Stress relief Studies have repeatedly shown that the act of tending to plants can take our minds off the bad stuff, relieve stress, and have an overall calming effect. Gardening is so good for your brain that it’s even thought to lower the risk of dementia.
- Concentration & memory Studies have also shown that being around plants may also help with concentration and memory. Having greenery around you at work can provide stimulation to the senses, which can even help mental cognition.
- In the workplacePlants in the workplace have been shown to result in lowered blood pressure, improved productivity, a general improvement on well-being and improved job satisfaction.
Caring & nurturing
When we start applying conscious attention and nurturing specific plants, the most intense wellbeing benefits can be felt. Caring for a living thing gives us a purpose and encourages us to be more compassionate to ourselves.