benefits of plants

10 House plants to De-stress your home

10 House plants to De-stress your home

1.) Aloe Plant - The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties, from soothing skin burns and cuts to detoxing the body, and it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants' leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: Grows best with lots of sun.

2. ) English Ivy - NASA scientists listed the English Ivy as the number one best air-filtering houseplant, as it is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde. It's also incredibly easy to grow and adaptable -- try it as a hanging or a floor plant. Grow in moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.

Rubber dubber by Andreas/CC BY
Rubber dubber by Andreas/CC BY

3.) Rubber Tree - Rubber trees are good for cleaning the air and are one of the easiest plants to grow, as they thrive even in dim lighting and cooler climates. The low-maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.

In a Green Light by Randen Pederson/CC BY
In a Green Light by Randen Pederson/CC BY

4.) Peace Lily- The beautiful peace lily plant is a wonderful low-maintenance flower to keep in the home. Peace lilies do well in shade and cooler temperatures, and they can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air.

5.)  Snake Plant - Snake plants don't need much light or water to survive, so they're an easy choice for any corner of your home. The plant absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do so during the day), so add one to your bedroom for a clean-air boost.

aqua globe, day one - palm by  Maggie not Margaret/CC BY
aqua globe, day one - palm by Maggie not Margaret/CC BY

6. ) Bamboo Palm - The attractive bamboo palm also made NASA's list of top clean-air plants with a purifying score of 8.4. It's also particularly effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene. These need to be well-watered, in shade or indirect sunlight.

Philodendron  by Kevin Harbor/CC BY
Philodendron by Kevin Harbor/CC BY

7.)Philodendron - The heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they're easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. Like the English Ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing formaldehyde. They can also last for many years when properly cared for. Grow with moderate water and some sunlight and they'll be fine.

Spider Plant  by madalse/CC BY
Spider Plant by madalse/CC BY

8.)  Spider Plant - One of the most common house plants, Spider Plants are decorative, easy to grow, and also make the NASA list of the best air-purifying plants. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

Air Purifying Houseplants: Dracaena Marginata by Cascadian Farm/CC BY
Air Purifying Houseplants: Dracaena Marginata by Cascadian Farm/CC BY

9.)  Red-Edged Dracaena - This beautiful, vibrant plant can grow to be ceiling-height (15-foot dracaenas are common), making it a great plant for decorating and filling up space. It also removes toxins including xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. Grows best in sunlight.

Painted Pot with golden pothos by Julie Jordan Scott/CC BY
Painted Pot with golden pothos by Julie Jordan Scott/CC BY

10.)  Golden Pothos - The Golden Pothos makes the NASA list for its ability to clear formaldehyde from the air. Try adding it to your kitchen or living room as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines. They grow easily in cool temperatures will low levels of sunlight.

*You might be surprised to know all the amazing range of personal, social, health and economicalbenefits that plants have on ourlives.  Read More here.


FACT: Plants Improve People, Economy, & Environment

The Benefits Of Plants Are Clear And Well-Defined

FACT: The better the landscape, the better a house sells.  Every person who comes to look at a house comments on the landscape.  Every dollar invested in landscaping generates a $1.09 return.  That compares to kitchen remodeling, which used to be 93 cents and went to 70 cents on the dollar.  Landscaping is the only service that generates more than a dollar per dollar invested.

FACT: Studies have proven that there is a link between flowers and plants and a person’s wellbeing.  They can increase happiness and physical health. Patients who had plants in their hospital rooms during their stay were less likely to return to the hospital.  Plus, patients experience accelerated healing not only when exposed to flowers and potted plants in their rooms, but also when they have views of beautifully landscaped areas around the hospital.  They also had less stress and less pain meds than when they were exposed to essential oils.

FACT: A landscape of about 2,000 square feet in size consisting of grass/turf, trees, and shrubs outside can generate enough oxygen for one person for a year.  

FACT: Plants reduce air pollutants and can decrease sick time.  That’s probably because plants function as atmospheric filters, and in fact plant-filled rooms contain 50-60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without plants.

FACTThere is a high correlation between nice landscaping and high occupancy rates of buildings.  People enjoy aesthetically-pleasing areas and are much more likely to choose to live and work in buildings with attractive landscapes.  The return in the number of tenants and rents received far exceeds the cost of installing ornamental plants, therefore it is just wise and profitable to invest money in landscaping.

FACT:  Active participation in gardening and landscaping activities is not only a good form of exercise, but also an effective way to reduce stress levels.  Studies have shown that people who nurture plants and garden have less mental distress than others.

FACT: Studies verified a bacterium found in soil that stimulates serotonin production, mirroring the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide.  The natural effects of the soil bacteria antidepressant can be felt for up to 3 weeks.

FACT: Statistically, the more plants a city has, the lower the crime rates, because when residents feel greater pride in the beauty of where they live, then they are much less likely to detract from it.

FACT: Window views of nature in prisons are associated with lower frequencies of prisoner stress symptoms (headache, upset stomach, etc.), and therefore lower use of health care facilities in comparison to views of walls, buildings or other prisoners.

FACT: Shade trees reduce cooling costs during the summer, and appropriately situated trees and shrubs can also serve as windbreaks, saving money on winter’s heating bills.

Discovering the Rich Benefits of Plants In Our Lives

Discovering the Rich Benefits of Plants In Our Lives

After reading this, it will become clear that flowers, plants, trees, and quality landscaping are NECESSITIES... not luxuries.

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