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10 Surprising Benefits of Houseplants

In 2020, Australians purchased nearly 2 billion houseplants–more than ever. A wave of home working left people spending a lot more time inside, and many people decided to use that time to brighten up their homes. 

Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of houseplants, there are plenty of other, more surprising benefits to filling your home with some greenery. 

Here's a look at ten.

1. Better Air

Because plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen, an indoor plant can act as your personal air purifier. 

Indoor air quality has become a big concern for homeowners in recent years. While you can spend lots of money on expensive air purifiers, houseplants represent a more visually pleasing, less costly alternative.

This benefit is often the basis for a lot of the other benefits of houseplants. 

2. You'll Breathe Easier

Of course, with purer air comes easier breathing. Plants aren't just taking carbon dioxide out of the air inside your house. 

Houseplants have a fantastic ability to remove toxic pollutants from the air. These toxic chemicals can include things like formaldehyde and benzene. This is one of the best health benefits of ivy houseplants as they are great at removing harmful impurities from your air. 

If you struggle with sleep apnea, try putting a succulent or an orchid near your bed. These plants continue to release oxygen even once the sun goes down and can help you breathe easier in your sleep. 

3. Improved Mental Health

It's been a long established fact that getting out into nature through activities like forest bathing can improve your mental health, so why not bring those benefits inside?

Having houseplants can significantly lower stress and anxiety. Again, this is partly because of their oxygenating qualities. It's also because they can be very therapeutic to care for (more on that later).

They've also been shown to affect people suffering from bouts of depression and can improve your mood. Of course, they are not a cure, but the benefits of nature shouldn't have to stop at your front door.

4. Heightened Productivity

According to studies, plants can boost our productivity by as much as 15%. 

With the sudden new normal of studying and working from home, keeping a small plant on your desk can help you smash that deadline or finally finish that essay. You're more likely to be able to concentrate on complex materials and tasks as your attention span gets a healthy boost. 

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5. They Can Fend Off Illness

One of the most amazing health benefits of houseplants is their ability to help you fend off respiratory illnesses. 

When plants undergo photosynthesis, they release a lot of water vapour. Houseplants end up releasing up to 97% of the water they take in. This translates to good news for your lungs, as the room's increased humidity can help you fend off respiratory diseases and illnesses. 

It can also help you combat dry skin, sore throats, and dry coughs. 

6. Comfort

Everyone knows that plants make a room look nice. But aside from the benefits of vibrant colours and exciting shapes, houseplants can actually help rooms seem more comfortable. 

Because they can purify, humidify, and control the temperature of the rooms they are in, houseplants can help you feel far more comfortable when spending time in those rooms. 

You're likely to be able to relax more deeply and unwind after a long day. 

7. Improved Physical Recovery

Research carried out in hospitals have produced surprising results. Patients who had undergone surgery spent less time in recovery when they had plants in their room compared to those who did not. 

Although you aren't likely to see a drastic difference from a single houseplant, these results are particularly encouraging for those suffering from respiratory illnesses. 

More greenery means better air quality, which can get you on the mend much faster.

8. Reduced Fatigue

Fatigue can be a serious hamper to your productivity and work/life balance. Our workspaces are often noisy and stuffy, two things that can really leave you feeling worn out. 

If you're working or studying from home, try introducing some houseplants to your workspace, and you'll instantly see the benefits as you work better with a lower toll on your wellbeing.

This is linked to the point about plants being able to improve the comfort of a given room. 

9. Reduced Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is often cited as a silent danger to our health and wellbeing. Some plants can combat this. 

Specifically, a chemical within the plants called quercetin has been shown to reduce blood pressure. This chemical can produce anti-inflammatory health benefits that can improve your cardiovascular health. 

10. Plants Can be Therapeutic

Most of the benefits covered so far are concerned with what plants do while they're sitting in your house. This one is more about the benefits of interacting with and caring for your plants.

The activity of horticulture can give you a simple yet rewarding task to focus on. This not only helps to take your mind off whatever could be bothering or worrying you, but it also gives you a chance to feel a sense of accomplishment. 

There's nothing quite like taking a step back from your plant scape and seeing a room full of happy, healthy plants that look great and are improving your health.

Discover the Benefits of Houseplants Today 

By now, you'll be raring to get your indoor jungle up and running, and we don't blame you. 

If you're interested in reaping the benefits of houseplants but you're not sure where to begin, contact us today to see how we can help you. 

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