The Benefits of Houseplants - An Infographic
Some of them may surprise you.
There are more reasons to keep indoor plants than just to make your house beautiful. Improving air quality, boosting well-being, and humidifying the air are just some of the many health benefits that they can provide.
Surrounding yourself with houseplants doesn't just bring green, vibrant life to your home. It can also help you live a healthier, happier life! Here are some of the many benefits of houseplants:
They relieve stress. Houseplants can contribute to well-being, making you feel calm and less stressed. Having plants around you has also been known to lower blood pressure.*
They help banish winter blues. Whether you're at home or in the office, being around plants can boost your mood and encourage you to feel more optimistic—even in the dead of winter.
They improve sleep. Some houseplants, like some orchids, bromeliads, and succulents, are especially good at releasing oxygen at night, so placing these plants in your bedroom may help you sleep better.
They relieve dryness. Plants release water vapor into the air, so they help raise humidity levels indoors. This also helps with dry skin!
They help you feel more energetic. Plants remove carbon dioxide from the air during photosynthesis. This can help you feel less tired, since excess CO2 can lead to fatigue and drowsiness.
They clean the air. Some houseplants remove indoor air pollutants—like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene—from the air that have been released by common household items. Think of them as "nature's air purifiers." Ideal air filter plants include peace lilies, spider plants, dracaenas, pothos, snake plants, Chinese evergreens, and English ivy.
Are you ready to start reaping all these benefits? It's easy! For best results, simply place one 10-12" container houseplant (or larger) per 100 square feet of living area. To make sure you're giving them the care they need to thrive, check out the simple tips in How to Care for Houseplants.
*KSU Research cited in Do Container Plants Help You Heal?