Since the days of the early Greeks, we have been bringing plants inside to decorate our homes; some eras have seen more acceptance than others but the truth is that houseplants are very beneficial to us. These green helpers should be in every one of our homes, not only because of their beauty, but because of the health benefits they so generously impart to humans. On January 10, we celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day, so this is the perfect time to discuss how green plants enhance our lives.
While most people are aware that plants fill the air with the oxygen we need, while inhaling the carbon dioxide we don’t need – there is far more to it. There are several other key ways that plants make great roommates:
Blooming Peace Lily Plant
- Green plants actually help to purify the air, helping to protect us from toxins in common household items such as carpets, plastics, inks and solvents (common in books and cleaning supplies).
- The fact that green plants give off so much moisture – over 95% of what they take in – means that the surrounding air is more moist. In this environment, studies have shown that coughs, colds, dry skin and sore throats are far less frequent. Humidity is also especially tough on the flu virus, which has a harder time thriving and transmitting in highly humid spaces.
- A study conducted by the University of Kansas found that plants are actually conducive to healing, going so far as to say that they are a non-invasive and inexpensive form of treatment! Lower blood pressure, lower pain levels and lower anxiety levels have all been reported, while patients with green plants in their room are, on average, released sooner than those in non-green rooms.
- It’s rocket science! NASA themselves has determined the benefits of green plants in small spaces, and recommend that you have a green plant for very 100 square feet of indoor space.
Texas A & M researchers found that focus and attention span are also greatly enhanced by green plants – making green plants a perfect addition to any home, office, dorm room or work space. Who in your life can benefit from green plants? Everyone! So come on in to Nanz & Kraft Florists to pick one up for every room.