For the past two weeks I’ve been thinking about getting a plant for my home. After all — I do not have a single living piece of greenery. Until today that is. I was running an errand and I passed a plant shop on the way. I thought, now is the time to finally get one.I love the texture plants instantly add to any room. But the benefits of having a plant in your home should make them a necessity rather than décor. If you’re on the fence about getting a plant for your home, here are some of the ways that bringing plants inside helps us out.
Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gasses. When photosynthesis stops at night, most plants switch things up and absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide. However, a few special plants – like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – flip that script and take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Meaning, using these plants in bedrooms keeps oxygen flowing at night.
In the great outdoors, plant roots tap the groundwater table for water which then evaporates through its leaves in a process known as transpiration. Studies show that this accounts for about 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere. The same thing happens at home (minus the groundwater table part), which increases the humidity indoors. While this may sound unappealing during hot moist months, it’s a gift during drier months or if you live in an arid clime.
Both plant leaves and roots are utilized in removing trace levels of toxic vapors from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone. Plants provide nourishment for the body when eaten as food, and they improve the quality of indoor air. Plants take the carbon dioxide from air to produce oxygen that humans can breathe.
Plants are considered a noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients. Viewing plants during recovery from surgery can lead to a significant improvement in physiologic responses as evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms.
My grandmother and mother have tons of plants in their homes and I grew up being surrounded by them. I am not sure why the green thumb skipped my generation, but I’m determined to take care of this plant and watch it thrive.
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