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4 Ways Plants Are Beneficial to Your Health and Home

We all know that plants are visually appealing, and can add color, structure, balance, and even fragrance to the home. Houseplants have been credited with making a house feel “homey” and cheerful and have even been known to elevate moods in some people. In fact there are many ways that plants contribute to good health […]

By Shelley Wigglesworth

Mar 30 2015

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4 Ways Plants Are Beneficial to Your Health and Home

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We all know that plants are visually appealing, and can add color, structure, balance, and even fragrance to the home. Houseplants have been credited with making a house feel “homey” and cheerful and have even been known to elevate moods in some people. In fact there are many ways that plants contribute to good health and well-being – both physically and mentally. Read on to learn more about four ways plants are beneficial to your health and home.
4 Ways Plants Are Beneficial to Your Health and Home
4 Ways Plants Are Beneficial to Your Health and Home
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  1. Air Purification Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. According to the NASA Clean Air Study, plants have also been shown to be effective at removing environmental toxins, like formaldehyde and benzene, from the atmosphere, improving air quality in indoor environments. Therefore, the more plants you have in the home, the cleaner the air should be.
  2. Air Hydration Plants release moisture into the air, increasing the humidity in the area around them. This can be particularly beneficial in winter, when dry, stale indoor air can cause dry skin and dry coughs. Consider placing a plant in your bedroom to help condition the air while you sleep.
  3. Quicker Recovery Studies have shown that patients who are surrounded by houseplants tend to request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure and experience less fatigue than those in rooms without plants.
  4. Mental Well Being Studies also indicate that indoor plants can help people concentrate and maintain focus. The age-old, simple process of tending to and nurturing growing, living plants is not only a good stress reliever, but a physically and mentally stimulating activity as well.
How do plants improve your health and home? Share your stories in the comment section below.