Health Benefits of House Plants
Plants do more than just brighten up a room with color and living energy. Along
with being pleasing to the eye, they bring real health benefits.
Not only do complaints about headaches, stress, heart and circulation symptoms, and
colds decrease when indoor plants are present, according to Dr. Leona Rogler in "The comprehensive office series," but
also richly decorating rooms with plants can help to keep the air clean.
Mother Fern is one of the best at purifying the air, is a very popular house plant because it is easy to care for, thrives in indirect light and with little moisture, and is very attractive.
Top Nine Air Purifying Plants
following plants are most effective in removing potentially harmful
chemicals, including those in paints, varnishes, dry cleaning fluids, car
exhaust fumes, and tobacco smoke from the air in your home.
House Plants Clean the Air
news is that a classic National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study found that common house plants could improve air quality. In fact, they reported that house plants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours.
The recommendation? Use 15 to 18 "good-sized" house plants in 6 to 8 inch diameter containers for an 1,800 square-foot house.
remove a variety of toxic air emissions including ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon
monoxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethytene.
See the box above for some of the best plant varieties to choose, and
remember-the healthier the plant, the more purifying it will be.
Plants Make You Happy
plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic, says Bruno Cortis, M.D., a Chicago cardiologist. Interestingly, he says that studies have shown that hospital patients who face a window with a garden view recovered more quickly than those who had to look at a wall.
Plants Fight Fatigue and Colds
to a University of Agriculture in Norway study, indoor plants can reduce
fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30
percent, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.
Plants at the Office
corporations and work environments are beginning to catch on that adding plants
indoors does wonders for employee health and morale. According to one study
published in Rehabilitation Literature, a manufacturing company integrated
plants into its office so that no employee would be more than 45 feet from
The result? Company administrators said they
noticed enhanced creativity and increased productivity in employees.