7 Benefits of Indoor Plants

Decorating your room or office with indoor plants may have more benefits than you think! Read more on the reasons you should be filling your space with all the greenery.

1. Air Quality
Not only do plants emit oxygen into the air, making it easier to breathe, but they also purify it. They actually take toxins in the air, like formaldehyde and benzene, and deliver them to the soil where it is converted into food for the plant. According to NASA research, plants can actually remove 87% of toxins in the air per 24 hours! 

2. Reduce Noise
An interesting fact that many people don’t know about plants is that they can absorb sound. Plants with rough bark or thick leaves are the best at absorbing sound because of their dynamic surface area. In order to maximize noise reduction, use a number of smaller plants, rather than a few bigger plants, and arrange them around the perimeter of the space. 

3. Reduce Stress
A study by the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that interaction with indoor plants can “reduce physiological and psychological stress” by suppressing “sympathetic nervous system activity and diastolic blood pressure” and promoting comfortable, soothing and natural feelings.

4. Aesthetic
Indoor plants are a relatively inexpensive and easy way to decorate a space! If your room or workplace is lacking color or character, adding flowers and other plants can improve the area immediately. In addition, buying plants has become easier than ever as you can order them online from places like Amazon and Walmart and get them delivered straight to your door. Plants can help make a space feel open, inviting and bright. They’re a perfect way to make your home look masterly decorated without actually putting a lot of effort in.

5. Productivity
Plants can also be extremely beneficial in the workplace. According to study in England, plants were found to help students focus and be more attentive in class. They can also help reduce fatigue which is great news for any worker who has experienced a midday (or all day) slump. Not to mention that seeing green and colorful plants in the workplace can be an instant mood boost and therefore increase happiness and productivity.  

6. Physical Health
According to a study done by Kansas State University, hospital rooms with plants sped up recovery rates of surgical patients. Compared to those without plants in their room, the patients with plants nearby experienced less pain and anxiety and actually left the hospital earlier. Other studies have also found that such greenery can help reduce the number of headaches, sore throats, and dry skin.

7. Mental Health
Surrounding yourself with greenery in your office or home doesn’t just help with your physical health, but can also improve your state of mind. Caring for plants helps to give people a sense of purpose and a positive outlook on life. In addition, plants have been proven to boost moods and reduce mild depression and anxiety. So if you’re ever feeling down, try bringing some new life into your home and see how they can improve your wellbeing.

Now that you’re feeling more relaxed and stress-free with all your indoor plants, it’s time to make a peanut butter smoothie!