The Health Benefits of Plants

There are so many aspects of a home to consider, especially with the items you choose to surround yourself with. A lot of the time we see these items as a reflection of ourselves, the colours that we like, the items that ‘spark joy’, or have a practical use to our homes.

Indoor plants incorporate all of these elements, which makes them a welcomed addition to your home. They add a touch of colour, life, and even come with health benefits. When looking closely at each of these aspects we can start to see why indoor plants contribute so much to the environment we create within our homes.  Firstly, and simply, plants add greenery to a room, a touch of life. Green is the colour of nature and is assists to balance our energies. Plants help to create a calm space, and are known to reduce stress and improve our feelings. In fact, they are said to help reduce feeling of fatigue and improving attentiveness.

Indoor plants are also well known to have health benefits. Due to their ability to absorb toxins that are circulating in the air they are often described as air purifiers. There are a number of ways that our indoor space develops a range of toxins. Human beings release carbon dioxide by breathing. The items within our homes release gases as they age, such as the paint on the walls, the clothes we are wearing, or the couches that we sit on. A plant breathes these toxins, absorbs them and then processes them. Finally, their output is a release of oxygen and vapour to our homes. This help reduce illness and improves the health of our bodies; our hair, our skin, our minds. Such a simple thing, a wee green pot plant, yet it has the ability to have such a big impact.

A US study recommend 15-18 house plants for every 167 square metre house. On average the kiwi home is 148 Square metres, so approximately 16 plants is the perfect number for maximum health benefits. Although, starting at one is still a step in the right direction