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The Best Benefits of Indoor Plants

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Just about everybody knows that plants indoor plants do more than just look pretty. Research tells us that interior plants are good for buildings and people in a variety of ways.

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1. Plants Help Reduce Stress and Create a Feeling of Well Being

Most of us instinctively feel more at ease with our surroundings when around greenery. In buildings of all types – homes, offices, schools, and hospitals – plants not only make the atmosphere more tranquil and more relaxed, but the building itself becomes more interesting and stimulating. Studies have actually shown that in offices with plants, workers were more productive, took fewer sick days, made fewer mistakes, and were generally more happy than in offices without plants.

In hospitals, the patients benefit greatly as well. A study at Kansas State University showed that adding plants to hospital rooms actually sped up the recovery rate of surgical patients, compared to those in rooms without plants. Those with plants in their rooms also requested less pain medication, had lower heart and blood pressure rates, experienced less fatigue and anxiety, and were released sooner. Even in schools greenery has positive benefits on teachers and students. A study done by the Royal College of Agriculture in England found that in classrooms with plants the students demonstrated 70% greater attentiveness, and attendance was higher than in those rooms without plants.

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2. Plants Help Improve Air Quality

Most everyone is aware that plants filter the air. When we breathe, we breath in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen; therefore increasing the levels of oxygen. It is a mutually beneficial relationship. NASA actually conducted a study where they found that not only did the plants improve the air quality, they were able to remove up to 87% of air toxins in a mere 24 hours! Plants also release moisture into the air, and when grouped together act as a natural humidifier and increase the humidity levels. 

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3. Plants Have Incredible Health Benefits

Study after study has shown that plants can have several positive benefits on your health. They have been shown to clinically reduce stress, fight colds, stop headaches and more. According to a study done by the University of Agriculture in Norway, indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30%. It is believed that this is a result of decreasing dust and increasing the humidity in the room.

Despite the positive benefits related to having indoor plants, many homes, schools and offices do not want to get them due to various reasons such as cost, upkeep and uncertainty of what types of plants will work best in their environment. A little bit of research will show that there are all sorts of indoor plants that do well in all environments including high light, low light, and even artificial light. While some plants require a fair amount of upkeep, others require very little and can be all but ignored.

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Plants Made Easy

If you like the idea of having plants in your building, but you absolutely do not want to deal with it, there are plant rental companies who have years of experience outfitting all sorts of buildings, homes and businesses with the perfect plants. They will come in and see what your building looks like, then will pick out the best plants and containers for your building, and will even come in on a regular basis to provide upkeep. They also offer plant rentals for weddings and other special occasions, as well as landscaping services and more. 

Don’t miss out on all of the benefits plants can provide!

What are some of your favorite plants?

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Tuesday 29th of July 2014

I didn't know that about plants, but I did know that they clean the air in your home, and that its healthy to have one in every room of your house.

katrina g

Sunday 27th of July 2014

I love indoor plants but I am horrible at remembering to water them.

Jeanine @

Saturday 26th of July 2014

Wow this is great to know! Looks like I need to get some indoor plants! I've never been successful with them in the past but I need to try again!

Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack

Saturday 26th of July 2014

I love indoor plants. I have them on every sill and hanging from the ceiling

valmg @ Mom Knows It All

Saturday 26th of July 2014

There's a small bamboo that was shaped into a heart. It's very hearty and I love it.

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