When it comes to improving our homes, we tend to consider the next great gadget or piece of technology that could make our lives a lot easier. But what if we are looking in the wrong place when it comes to life improvement? Today we are not only going to be looking at some of these plants that you can add to your home. We will also look at why you need air-purifying house plants and much much more.
Improve the Atmosphere
One specific thing that can be said about plants is that they can offer so much to the atmosphere of your home and lift even the most lifeless of rooms. Air-purification from plants is borderline magical. There were even studies carried out by NASA that have shown conclusively that plants can neutralize toxins in the air. So, not only do you improve how a room looks, but you also will be reducing toxins in your home!
One of the most incredible things that plants can do is minimize the risk of getting sick. Sick building syndrome is something most people haven’t heard of, but unbelievably, it is real. If a place where we spend a lot of time is dank and has very little airflow it can take its toll psychologically. These psychological effects can make us depressed and even nauseated. The addition of a few houseplants and a little more light is a great way to remedy sick building syndrome.
Improve our Health
Houseplants can also make exponential differences to our health. The air-purifying benefits, of course, can be put to many uses, but none as important as the improvement that will be seen in your overall wellness. With fewer toxins in the air, you could potentially lower your risk of headaches and will likely have fewer allergy symptoms. This only works for specific allergens like dander, but it makes a huge difference for those who are suffering.
You may also find your stress levels are lower, and you may even feel a tad more creative too. Of course, different plants have different benefits; below are just a few that we think are pretty great:
- Spider Plant. Spider plants easy to look after and can grow just about anywhere. They are amazing and removing formaldehyde from the air – a huge health benefit.
- Aloe Vera. One of the most widely used plants in the home, aloe vera is often used to treat burns and skin conditions.
- Lavender. What started off as an old wives’ tale finally got the backing of science. Lavender is incredibly popular and has some great benefits. Most people keep lavender in their bedrooms as aromatherapy to promote relaxation. Lavender has recently been used in some treatment plans for anxiety.
- Snake Plant. This one may send a shiver to the ophiophobics out there, but it in no way resembles a snake. It does, however, have a more amusing pseudonym, it is otherwise known as the “Mother-in-law’s Tongue” despite its funny names it has brilliant air-purifying qualities. This little fellow works overnight by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen while you sleep.
- Dragon Tree. Another low-maintenance house plant. Dragon trees purify air and remove formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene from the home.
Improve Your Mood
One of the most amazing things about the introduction of plant life to the home is their ability to lift out mood. Plants aren’t just fantastic for our physical health, and they also provide a sensational function for our mental health.
Based on a number of studies, plants have been shown to help in schools, office buildings, homes, and even hospitals. By adding plants, people in these spaces have experienced:
- Lower levels of anxiety
- Improve reaction times
- Increase attentiveness
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve well-being
- Improve the perception of space
As you can see, plants can have a profound effect on the state of mind. Sometimes it is merely the presence of a plant that can improve one’s mindset. Having plants around a room can make the room feel more organized and comfortable. Having that feeling in a place will always add a little more stability to the mind.
What Else Can They Do?
When indoors, plants create a little ecosystem of their own and help to raise humidity. Depending on the number of plants you have in the house, the humidity levels will be so good, your skin won’t dry out, even in the winter. Houseplants don’t just reduce dry skin though, according to the University of Norway, they can also reduce coughs, sore throats and prevent the transmission of influenza.
If you are considering converting to the green side, there is no better time to start than right now. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there will always be a houseplant that will survive and thrive in the home.
For more information on how you can improve the appearance of your home and make it the best it can be, contact a Windows Floors & Decor design expert at (913) 608-5700 to schedule your consultation today.