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Benefits of Indoor Plants



Did you know, certain indoor plants, when placed inside your house, could remove 87 percent of toxins from the air inside your house every 24 hours?  When the interiors of your house are adorned with indoor plants, you are creating a space that would enrich your home but your body and mind and enhance the quality of your life.  
Let’s delve into some of the benefits of indoor plants.


Natural Air Purifiers:

Plants act as natural air purifiers and cleanse the air of toxins that could otherwise prove harmful to health. Research has proven that plants can remove 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every twenty-four hours. VOCs are substances such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Formaldehyde is a toxic substance that is found in cigarette smoke, vinyl and so on. It can cause respiratory tract and skin irritations. Benzene and trichloroethylene are found in paints and solvents Benzene can increase the risk of cancer and trichloroethylene can cause central nervous system depression.
In modern-day air-tight and climate controlled buildings, these toxins are trapped and can cause serious health hazards. Plants purify the air of VOCs by pulling them into the soil where the root zone microorganisms convert these substances to food for the plants.



Reduces Stress and Boosts Your Mood:

Living in a space surrounded by plants has a positive effect on your mind and can boost your mood to a great extent. Studies have proved that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and improve memory.  It is also established that plants can help reduce stress and fatigue. Touching soft and smooth plants can help you feel calmer Students perform better and show more concentration when seated in a room with plants. Employee productivity also increases in offices that have indoor plants.

Keeps Illness away:

Adding plants to offices decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and decreases the transmission of the flu virus.   In a research conducted by the Agricultural University of Norway, the studies revealed that sickness rates dropped by 60% in offices that had plants.



Lowers Background Noise:

Indoor plants can reduce background noise levels inside buildings. Leaves of plants absorb, reflect or diffract background noises. Hence indoor plants can help bring out a tranquil ambience inside a building.

Natural Humidifiers and Scents:

Plants improve the humidity levels in the air. In climates that are hot and dry indoor plants like the areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens), which is also known as the butterfly or golden cane palm can be kept indoors to increases humidity levels inside the building.
These indoor plants are a natural means to freshen the air in your room. Plants like the dwarf kaffir lime trees fill the room with a fresh smell. 


Restful Sleep:

The vapour of certain plants can lead to more restful sleep. The smell from jasmines and lavenders can induce a state of tranquillity and help you have a good night’s sleep.
During the day, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen but in the night when photosynthesis stops and the plants also breathe like humans releasing carbon dioxide and absorbing oxygen. However, there are some kinds of indoor plants such as orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen even during the nights.  These plants are ideal to be kept in bedrooms and will help in providing oxygen-rich air and help you have a good night’s sleep.



You need to exert caution while buying indoor plants because some plants could be harmful to kids and pets. You could hire the help of professionals to help you choose the right indoor plants for your home or office. 

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