Health Benefits of Indoor Plants
The popularity of house plants has skyrocketed recently with trends online that follow how to take care of plants. Videos that show how easy it can be to take care of house plants has inspired people to create a viney paradise in their home. But there's something to this plant trend that's important to note: indoor plants actually have health benefits!
What Can My Indoor Plants Do for Me?
There's an incredible list of health benefits, but we will try to keep it short:
Improved Air Quality
Big, leafy plants have been proven to help improve the air quality in our homes. Invisible, lingering pollutants in our home like mildew, mold, or cleaning products chemicals can be hurting our air quality daily. House plants are able to absorb those pollutants and provide us with more and better quality oxygen.
Having a house plant is a great lesson. Indoor plants call for a symbiotic relationship, meaning we rely on plants, and they rely on us. While they give us oxygen we need to survive, we give them life through our care. House plants are a great way of learning how to take care of something beyond ourselves, and could be a great gift for kids learning responsibility.
That's right, house plants can help us lower our stress levels. Caring for and interacting with plants can give us a sense of comfort that lowers our stress responses, which then allows us to be more productive and stay healthy!
Where to Begin?
With so much information about indoor plants circulating, it can be hard to know where to start. There are some pretty basic plant options that require minimal care but are a great place to start for your indoor garden.
Common house plants include:
Snake Plant- succulents that are known for their ability to improve air quality. They are easy to keep alive because they require minimal watering.
Money Plant- known for energizing and reducing stress. Money plants come in a couple forms, but they offer the same benefits.
Fiddle Leaf Fig- another very effective air-enhancing plant. Fiddle leaf figs can grow to be decently large, and can bring interest to any corner of your home.
Pothos Plant- the viney plants we know and love. Pothos are easy to identify from their incredible vines. These are some of the easiest to grow because they require minimal light and being left alone for the most part. Not only will this plant purify the air in your home, but it will also provide benefits for eye irritation caused by staring at screens!
The power of plants is truly incredible, and the list of plants, as well as their benefits could go on and on. Not only do indoor plants give guests something pretty to look at in your home, but they can drastically improve the overall health of your home. Start with a couple plants in your bedroom and notice the difference you feel in your day-to-day life.