Benefits of Houseplants - Learn how houseplants can be beneficial to us
May be you are new to this world of houseplants and you are asking yourself why you should have them to start with. This is why, unlike the faux plants which only add beauty to our surroundings, live houseplants have other benefits and uses to us.
Some of the benefits and uses of houseplants
- Houseplants add beauty to our surroundings
- Houseplants clean indoor air of common air pollutants
- Houseplants promote well-being
- Houseplants increase indoor oxygen concentration
- Houseplants can act as a screen
- Houseplants can be used as room dividers
The presence of houseplants in our indoors breaks the monotony of dull walls, gloomy rooms and other uninteresting features. They make our indoors more welcoming, colorful, relaxing and cozy. The beauty of houseplants emanates from their interesting, brightly colored or patterned forms of Foliage Houseplants and from the beautiful blooms of the Flowering Houseplants.
The air is filled with lots of hazardous gases, fumes, chemicals among others. These include dust, carbon monoxide, benzene, ammonia, formaldehyde and others. Some houseplants have been shown to be effective in cleaning indoor air of common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
When we interact with plants and by extension nature we feel happy, relaxed and less stressed. This in turn reduces the likelihood of the occurrence of stress-related illnesses. For example when we place houseplants in the bedroom we sleep better and wake up relaxed and stress-free.
Plants take up carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the process of photosynthesis (the process by which plants make their food) during day time. At night they take up oxygen and release carbon dioxide as they breakdown food. While plants may release carbon dioxide at night, the amount of carbon dioxide they release is far much lower than the oxygen they release. The increased oxygen helps us breathe better and relax, and reduces fatigue and stress. Some plants like the Snake Plant are known to produce a lot of oxygen at night through a process called CAM.