Are Indoor Plants Good for Your Health?
You may have heard some buzz about the benefits of having plants in your home. It seems that this past year, more than ever, people are bringing plants into their homes and benefiting from it! While there are the obvious reasons of improving your space aesthetic or decor, there are some innate qualities that plants have that can actually make us feel better. You might be wondering, are indoor plants good for your health? The answer is yes and there are several reasons why!
There are a handful of air purifying houseplants that enhance your home’s air flow by absorbing toxins in the air. Many household items such as cleaners, furniture, synthetic materials, and even rugs can give off more chemical fumes than you realize. In 1989, NASA conducted a study that discovered plants have the ability to absorb harmful indoor air pollutants, especially when in a smaller, enclosed space. It is suggested that having 2-3 plants for every 100 square feet of living space can make a difference in air quality. There are certain plants that are especially good at purifying the air in your home. Here is a list of some of your favorite Max and Miles plants that will go above and beyond in purifying the air in your space.
Most of us are familiar with certain plants that aid in relaxation (we’re talking about you, lavender) that may help us feel calm and sleep better. We can also count on certain plants like orchids, succulents, snake plants and bromeliads that continue to emit oxygen during the night that help aid in good sleep. Plants also produce their own humidity through a process called transpiration. Placing enough plants in your bedroom will not only provide you with more oxygen but also produce a more humid environment that can make your room more comfortable, especially during the dry winter months.
Plants and wellness go hand in hand. Surrounding yourself with plants in your home or work space can improve your mood. The same feelings of relaxation and calm we get when out in nature can be enjoyed in your home when surrounding yourself with the green glow of houseplants. Studies have also shown that the calming effects of nature can even lower blood pressure.
Taking care of plants can help you take care of yourself. Plants have been known to have immense mental health benefits to the plant parents who care for them. The feeling of taking care of or nurturing something living can provide feelings of self-worth and importance. It can also be calming and relaxing following a structured care routine with your plants. Looking after plants can be a form of self-care and is sometimes prescribed by doctors and therapists.
There is really no question that indoor plants are good for your health! Whether it’s purifying the air in your home, improving sleep, boosting our moods or reducing stress, plants have the power to improve our health and daily living. Add a Max & Miles plant or two (or more) to your home and start enjoying all the benefits they offer!