Indoor plants are not just beautiful decorations that can liven up a room, they have also been found to provide a number of health and wellness benefits. But how come they can be so good for us?
1. Improved air quality
Several studies have found that indoor plants can help improve air quality by removing harmful toxins and pollutants from the air. For example, a 1989 NASA study found that certain indoor plants, such as the peace lily, can effectively remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air, such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
2. Stress reduction
Research has shown that being around plants can help to reduce stress levels and improve mood. A study conducted at the Agricultural University of Norway found that employees who had access to plants in their work environment reported lower levels of stress compared to those who did not have access to plants.
3. Increased productivity
In addition to reducing stress, indoor plants have also been found to increase productivity. A study conducted by the University of Exeter found that workers who were able to see plants from their desks reported increased levels of concentration and overall job satisfaction.
4. Improved sleep
The presence of indoor plants has been shown to improve sleep quality. A study conducted by the University of Helsinki found that participants who slept in a room with plants reported better quality sleep and a better feeling of refreshed upon waking.
5. Boost the immune system
Indoor plants can also help to boost the immune system by increasing humidity levels in the air. A study by the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India found that indoor plants can help increase humidity levels, which can help prevent respiratory problems, dry skin, sore throats, and colds.
Indoor plants provide a number of benefits to our health and well-being, so if you’re looking to add some greenery to your life, consider investing in some indoor plants to enjoy the many benefits they have to offer.
Aurélien grew up in gardens. From his family garden and seasons spent harvesting grapes in southern France, to working with some of France’s inspiring and notable botanical gardens and Vancouver’s premier landscapers, his adventures and experiences have led him to ByNature.