More and more young Australian families choose to live in apartments – a trend that allows more people to be closer to the action, walk more and use the car less, and practice minimalism having blissfully no space for accumulating clutter. Unfortunately it also means that more people are deprived of green spaces without having a backyard.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Indoor plants are easy to care for and can bring much needed greenery to your living space. Houseplants are becoming more and more popular and for good reasons. Plants are, of course, naturally beautiful. But they do so much more than prettify your environment.
If you’re still on the fence whether to place a side table or a large house plant in that empty living room corner, here are some tips to help you decide (in favor of the plant, that is):
Plants purify your air
You knew that, right? Numerous studies show that plants help purify the air from such harmful pollutants as carbon monoxide, ozone, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, ammonia, and more, relieving you of their many detrimental health effects that include headaches, fatigue, allergies and more. As we learn more about VOCs, it’s become clear that their concentration is a lot higher indoors than outdoors, making it even more important to add some greenery to your home. Recent studies also show that while the effect of transport-derived VOC emissions has lowered over the past years, the level VOCs emitted from personal care products has increased. In other words, consider treating yourself to a pot of generium in addition to (or better yet instead of) that scented shampoo.
Plants make you happier and healthier
Numerous studies show that patients who have plants in their hospital rooms recover faster, have lower blood pressure, and need less pain medication than patients without plants. Plants in offices improve office workers’ wellbeing. And according to a study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction with plants (smelling and touching) have a significant positive effect on psychological stress in humans.
Plants are a natural humidifier
Plants add moisture to the air through a process called transpiration. Moisture is carried from roots through to the leaves where it is evaporated into the air. So if a sore throat from dry winter air is keeping you up at night, plants might be able to help.
Plants reduce noise levels
Depending on the type of plant and its size, plants may also help reduce noise level. All plant parts – stems, leaves and branches – absorb sound. Larger plants with fleshy leaves and rough bark a particularly good at it. If you leave in a noisy building, think about getting some large house plants to reduce the level of noise.
Plants improve focus
The mere presence of plants in the room can help sharpen your focus and attention. A year-long study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when the classrooms they’re taught in contain plants. So if you often find yourself standing in the middle of your living room and wondering how you got there and where you were heading in the first place, you might want to get yourself some houseplants to avoid this embarrassing scenario in the future.
Needless to say, if you have children or pets, do your research before getting your houseplants, to avoid getting any that may be harmful to them.