Friday, September 23, 2016

Plants at home for a better living

Plants Fight Pollution Indoors
The quality of air indoors is an increasing health concern, particularly in cities like Mumbai and Delhi where pollution is raising due to increase in population. Indoor air can be as much as 12 times more polluted than the air outside in some areas due to compounds in paints, furnishings, clothing, and building materials.

Get some plants to make your environment healthier! Research shows that many common houseplants and blooming potted plants can improve your health by helping you fight these pollutants at home. Some ornamental plants can remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air indoors. The purple waffle plant, English ivy, variegated wax plant and the asparagus fern are some of the top VOCs fighters.

According to a study, the best plants are dragon tree, ivy, ficus, philodendrons, spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, chrysanthemums, palms, and the rubber plant. You need a plant for every 10 square yards of floor in your house to ensure a considerable degree of air detox.

Plants Help Fight Cold
Research shows that indoor plants decrease coughs, sore throats, fatigue, and other cold-related symptoms by more than 30%. Researchers attributed these benefits to the fact that plants help increase humidity levels and decrease dust at home.

Plants Make You Happy
The benefits of plants can be seen across many studies in the cognitive, psychological, social, and physical realms. Some of the psychological benefits include – Increase in self-esteem, improved mood and sense of well-being, reduced stress, anxiety and depression, increase in feelings like being calm, relaxation, optimism and increased sense of stability and control.

Plants Enhance Cognitive Function
Keeping plants indoors can make you think better. The mental benefits observed during this research include -

Improved concentration
Improved memory
Better goal achievement
Heightened attention
Bring more greenery and less stress into your life at home!