I have previously discussed the importance of creating a relaxing and peaceful home environment. For me, plants are a big part of achieving this. I feel they have such a positive impact on the look and feel of a room. Typically, I choose cacti and succulents as I find these easy to look after. However, I want to look into adding a variety of plants into my home because, beyond the aesthetic, plants can also be beneficial to our health. Today, guest blogger Shary Saunders from sharycherry.com is going to share the health benefits of having plants in the home.
Over the past decades, an increasing number of homeowners and renters have embraced the practice of indoor gardening. Houseplants are now a necessity rather than something reserved for the artistically gifted among us. As more people see the value of indoor plants, the demand for aesthetically beautiful plants continues to soar.
Friends visit each other’s homes for more than just a cup of peppermint tea. If you are like me, you will notice that bonsai tree strategically placed in the foyer. Decorating a home goes beyond a set of tastefully coloured sofa pillows in the family room. While plants add a touch of sophistication to your living room, they also bring upon a myriad of health advantages. If you wish to spruce up your home, why not try nature? In this article, we delve into the numerous health benefits associated with having houseplants in various parts of your home.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Houseplants increase the level of oxygen in the home, thus helping you breathe easier. Plants remove harmful elements present in the air. While these elements are invisible to us, they bring discomforts such as headaches and nausea. Referring to Science class, plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, and in turn, they emit oxygen. If you live in a city where pollution is rampant, you will appreciate having fresh air in the home.
Careful, though, photosynthesis occurs in the presence of light. When night falls, plants behave just like us; they take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. If you wish to pot plants in your bedroom, select plants that will not compete with you for oxygen. For instance, succulent plants and orchids release oxygen at night making them perfect candidates for the bedroom.
Have you tried catching up on a great read but failing to go past chapter 5? Chances are, your mind was preoccupied with incomplete house chores and pending appointments. Houseplants have a therapeutic effect that clears your mind and sharpens your focus. Plants also boost your memory health, so you do not have to forget that hair appointment again.
Scientists attribute the ability of plants to improve alertness to their natural extracts found in leaves and stems. Some houseplants have essential oils with therapeutic properties such as calming your mind and relieving stress.
Plants take in water to aid growth, but they also give off much of the water in the form of vapour. The presence of evaporated water in the atmosphere increases the humidity of the room. High levels of humidity are good for your respiratory system.
There is less chance of suffering from congestion or other types of respiratory distress. Instead of investing in a humidifier, let your plants do the job for you.
Young children are prone to developing allergies to certain foods, smells, material and even the family puppy. Allergies cause discomfort to the child, and they may trigger more health problems if not managed well. Houseplants mitigate the chances of developing allergies by exposing allergens to children at an early stage in life.
As the child’s immune system develops, they recognise the allergen and adjust the immune system to accommodate the particular allergen. The immune system no longer sees the allergen as a threat and the child can thrive in the same environment with the allergen without even noticing. The same principle is applied when introducing family pets to young children. On the other hand, if you already acquired certain allergies from a previous stage in life, houseplants also help to alleviate the effects of allergies.
Most people will consider having indoor plants only if they are attractive to the eye. You do not want a bushy plant whose twigs and leaves do nothing for your living area. Carefully selected species of plants add a dramatic effect to a room that you may not achieve with a wall painting.
Remember, plants only look beautiful when they are healthy. Mix fertiliser with their planting medium for proper growth. If you plant trees, use a running saw to trim excess branches.
House plants are a fantastic idea, but you need to maintain them regularly. Invest in maintenance equipment like a pruning saw to keep those branches tidy. Unlike outdoor plants that have the benefit of soil nutrients, indoor plants rely on artificial soils. Boost their nutrient content by applying fertiliser.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave your comments.
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