Introducing plants into your home (or office) will bring with it a multitude of benefits, so today I wanted to share not only the benefits with you, but some of the best indoor plants to choose with my guide to indoor plants!
So, here goes!
Benefits to Indoor Plants
Purify the Air
Indoor plants can help to purify the air inside your home from toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which are found in common household items like rugs, paint, inks, man made fibres and the like. Indoor plants absorb the toxins, pulling them into their soil and converting them into food – benefiting both you and the plants!
As well as purifying the air (which has its own health benefits) indoor plants can increase the humidity of a room by releasing moisture, as plants release up to 97% of the water they take in. This can mean less health problems like sore throats, dry coughs and skin irritations. As plants absorb our carbon-dioxide and release oxygen they also improve our health by increasing oxygen levels in your home, making it easier to breathe.
Improve Focus & Productivity
Lots of studies have been done into the impact of indoor plants in office environments and the results show that workers have greater concentration, less sick days and work more productively when they are in rooms with plants. Pot plants are also known mood-boosters, with studies showing they can reduce stress, anger and fatigue, so there’s really no reason not to have plants in your home!
How Many Plants?
For the most effective air purification it’s recommended to have one indoor plant for every 100sqm of your home, making sure to use good quality organic potting mix so you’re not bringing any additional chemicals into your home.
Be sure to dust the leaves of your plant every now and again to ensure they can properly absorb the sunshine and air particles (ie the toxins).
Which plants to choose?
Whilst any plants will bring benefits there are some that have been shown to not only be extra good at removing toxins but are also easy to keep alive indoors. Here are some of the best!
The Peace Lily is particularly good at absorbing benzene, mould spores, alcohol, acetone, fomaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It’s also easy to care for, doesn’t require much water and flowers. It’s particularly well suited to bathrooms or other damp areas, but it will need some sunlight on occasion.
Aloe Vera is not only useful for burns, but it is known to be particularly good at removing benzene and formaldehyde from the air. It prefers full sun and a well drained soil.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
The snake plant is particularly good at absorbing nitrogen and formaldehyde and as it needs just low light and infrequent watering it’s a great low maintenance option. It’s particularly useful for kitchens and living spaces, especially if you have a wood burning fire place.
Gerberas not only absorbs benzene and trichloroethylene but it releases oxygen at night so it is perfect for bedrooms to improve sleep quality. It likes bright light, and it produces lovely, colourful flowers so adds a gorgeous touch to any room you put it in!
Philodendrons are particularly useful for removing formaldehyde, although they need to be kept away from children and pets as they can be poisonous if eaten. Philodendrons are especially good for areas with new carpets, flooring etc, or living rooms in general.
Dragon Tree (Dracaena)
The Dragon Tree is known to be an excellent absorber of xylene, trichloroethylene, toulene and formaldehyde. They prefer indirect sunlight and are excellent pretty much anywhere, but particularly living spaces.