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Benefits of Indoor Plants

When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants (indoor plants), you’re not just adding greenery. These living organism interact with your body, mind and building in ways that enhance the quality of life

Breathing Easier

As part of the photosynthetic and respiration process, plants release moisture vapor, which increase humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97% of water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distress at bay. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Purifying Air

Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOC include substances like formaldehyde (presents in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man made fibers, inks, solvents, and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound. Modern climate-controlled, air-tight building traps VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.

Improving Health

Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients, according to researchers at Kansas State University. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, 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. The Dutch Product Board of Horticulture commissioned a workplace study that discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats, and flu-like symptoms. In another study by the Agricultural University of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60% in offices with plants.

Sharpening Focus

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

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