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House plant health benefits


Published: 10/02/2017   Last Updated: 10/02/2017 19:07:02   Tags: House Plant Health Benefits

Trust Me I’m A Doctor is back on BBC2 and one of the things they have examined is the purpose of house plants beyond brighten up our homes. Houseplants can be great at absorbing nasty chemicals such as formaldehyde, found in cleaning products, toilet paper, facial tissues and paper towels, as well as other indoor air pollution from furnishings, synthetic building materials, pollen, bacteria, and moulds.

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants natural air refreshers as Nasa notes “plants improve the quality of indoor air”. Ivy, geraniums, lavender and many ferns are good at absorbing formaldehyde, aloe vera not only cleans the air but the gel inside its thick leaves helps relieve burns and cuts, and spider plans battle benzene, commonly found in glue, paint and detergent, as well as  formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway found keeping plants indoors decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs, they can also help to reduce headaches because they help eliminate stuffy air; homes with many indoor plants can even help reduce high blood pressure.

Studies have even shown that looking after plants after an operation or illness can actually increase your healing time. They can even help you with your work!  Studies have shown that working in the presence of plants improves your concentration, productivity and memory. Being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20%, according to research by the University of Michigan. And A recent ‘Green versus Lean’ report, conducted by Exeter and Cardiff universities, revealed that introducing plants into the office lifts workplace satisfaction by up to 40%. Seems like it must be time to invest in some house plants if you don’t have some already.