It is no new news that humans and plants have quite some things in common. Our symbiosis seem to benefit each party fair enough. Just in case you’re wondering what exactly plants have to offer right there in your home and environ, come along let’s take you on a ride into the world of real estate and science!
When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels. At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants –orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads –do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.
First, plants are beautiful. Who doesn’t love having beautiful flowers and interesting foliage to look at every day? Second, houseplants can add interest to an otherwise human, straight-line dominant environment. When planted and placed correctly, plants can screen, fill space, soften lines, hide views, reduce noise, and create space as well.
One of the great impacts of houseplants is that they generate happiness. Keeping flowers and plants throughout the home and the workplace vastly increases happiness and lowers the likelihood of depression. The natural aesthetic beauty of plants is soothing to people, and keeping plants around your home or office is a simple way to lower your stress and anxiety levels
During transpiration, plants release moisture from the small pores in their leaves, increasing humidity levels around them. In fact, plants are known to release about 97 percent of the moisture they take in. Research has shown that having indoor plants not only soothes dry skin and decreases the likelihood of common colds, but also helps prevent respiratory diseases.
There you have it; the importance of an indoor plant cannot be over emphasized. Your living space deserves a touch of nature.
Plants remove toxins from air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.
Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.
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