I used to be mad about indoor plants back in the year 1999. It was the year I met my husband and moved in with him. Then it sort of became uncool and daggy to have indoor plants. Fast forward a couple of decades or so and I’m back to loving indoor plants again (I hope this doesn’t mean I’ll be back loving tartan lounges and suede paint? #jokes)…
Our homes can be polluted with a mixture of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted as vapour from plastics, cleaning products, carpets, paint, cosmetics and electronic equipment. Gas cookers and unflued gas heaters can also elevate carbon dioxide levels (the reason why you should use your exhaust fan when cooking on a gas stove and open a window with an unflued gas heater). In high concentrations, VOCs and CO2 can be toxic and carcinogenic. Even low levels can hurt health. – source.
Not only can indoor plants look good they also have a purpose:
- Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. So whilst we are sleeping, the plants are refreshing the air.
- Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients. So if you’re unwell at home, then it wouldn’t hurt to add some indoor plants?
- If you or anyone in your family has allergies, smokes or just wants to breathe fresher, cleaner air in their homes, then indoor plants are a great addition.
- Students demonstrate 70 percent greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants.
- To improve health and reduce fatigue and stress, place 1-3 plants in an average size room.
- Plants bring good luck.
- Potted plants and flowers can improve your idea generation, mood, and more.