When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you're not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.
In 1989 NASA conducted aresearch study on how to best clean the air inside its space station. It concluded that certain common houseplants like theSnake Plant orParlor Palm are extremely effective at removing toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. And of course plants also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen as part of their photosynthesis process and are great for reducing the effects of sick building syndrome, which is basically the bad feeling you get when you’ve spent too much time indoors.
For more information, check out NASA’s Clean Air Study and Dr. B.C. “Bill” Wolverton’s “How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home or Office”.
A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they're taught in rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.
Researchers at Kansas State University found that the presence of plants in hospital rooms can speed up the recovery of surgical patients. In their study, patients who had plants in their rooms had lower blood pressure, asked for less pain medication, felt less anxious and were released sooner than those without any indoor plant exposure.
Indoor plants have proven benefits to your mental health and overall outlook on life. Beyond the health effects of just breathing cleaner air, studies have proven that plants in indoor spaces are associated with “increased pleasantness, lower anxiety, and lower blood pressure.” They also help people heal, and it’s been shown that patients in hospitals recover faster and use fewer painkillers in rooms with live plants. Imagine that kind of effect in your everyday life!
No one can argue against the beauty of nature, and perhaps this beauty is part of what we find so calming, nurturing, and fulfilling about it. Simply imagine yourself in a stark indoor setting versus one with lush indoor greenery? As human nature has it, we’d almost always go with the latter.