Any plant grown indoors, either in office areas or homes are considered as Home Plants. Home Plants are usually grown for decorative purposes. One can have as many Home Plants as they deem reasonable for recreation, however, scientific benefits behind Home plants goes beyond the pleasing scent it provides the enclosed area they are grown.
Many of us in our youth seem to think that, having a Home Plant to take care of is a task that our elderly family members are responsible to carry out. We often see our grandparents closely attached to growing Home Plants, that, we forget the benefits they actually provide in our homes and office areas.
Obviously, a noticeable benefit we can all adhere to is the beautiful scents these plants provide in our homes. Some of the scientific benefits they come with are as follows:
- They reduce the components of indoor air pollutions in the likes of benzene, radon, carbon monoxide and xylene.
- They also aid in reducing airborne microbes.
- They increase humidity
- They provide oxygen
- Decreases colds, flu, and dry skin by adding more moisture to the atmosphere.
- Improves memory retention and productivity as per a research by Michigan University.
Ever wonder why we step outside and feel so much refreshed and relax? All because of nature’s beautiful plants around us. Why not bring the outside refreshment inside! Home plants provide so much more for us that we do not appreciate. When your alarm clock rings the next time, you not only wake up to a mesmerizing plant decor but to a refreshing atmosphere of revitalization altogether.
These plants can be placed anywhere to meet your needs, providing that the requirements for them to grow properly are met. Not meeting these requirements leads to scorching of the plants and making us lose interest in growing any more plants inside.
Different plants have different requirements in caring for them but here are some basic requirements for all plants in terms of proper growth.
- Lighting; the right amount and duration of light enables photosynthesis in the plants. They use this light to synthesize food from carbon dioxide and water. This involves the green pigmentation chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a by-product
- Moisture; too much or less water plays a major part in home plants. The soil needs to be wet enough but not too much causing flooding in the soil.
- Soil; a special kind of soil is used which is conditioned to have the right nutrients, proper aeration, drainage, and support known as potting soil. Natural soil is not recommended as it is not properly treated to support the plant.
- Temperature; most plants are able to adapt to the tropical climate temperatures which range from 15 °C to 25 °C ie 60 °F to 80 °F. Most home temperatures are equivalent to this
- Pot; the size or type of the pot is very important based on the plant you are growing. A bigger pot to a smaller plant will cause diseases in the root as excess water tends to stay in the pot. A small pot will also, in turn, restrict plants growth.
There are tons of home plants you can add to your collection, however, here are a few common ones with great benefits
Spider Plant is known to purify the air. A research conducted by NASA shows that the spider plant removes 90% of the formaldehyde in the air. Spider plant maintains the oxygen in its environments.
It can also absorb the fumes and odors keeping the air clean. This makes it easier for us to sleep better.
Jasmine plant could either be in ivory or pink colors. They look so good and smell great as well.
Jasmine plant is known to prevent anxiety. Jasmin helps you sleep better by providing a soothing relief on your mind.
No more tossing and turning at night when trying to sleep. Medications for sleep come with a side effect, natural remedies like jasmine leave your bedroom smelling great and sleeping sound.
Lavender comes with a great smell and it is one of the popularly known plants by all. The scents of lavender are scientifically proven to slow down heart rates and reduces blood pressure and stress.
Its lovely smell helps reduce crying in babies and helps both mother and child to sleep well.
Having a lavender plant in the bedroom is better than investing in lavender products from the market and also saves you money.
Aloe Vera has been known to be one of the easiest plants to grow at home. It can be left alone as it does not require much attention and does not need frequent watering. Although it needs to be in direct sunlight for a few hours a day.
This plant also increases the amount of oxygen at night and great for sleep. Aloe vera reproduces quickly as one of its many benefits in addition to its gell bein used as a moisturizer and facial skin treatments. Due to its rapid reproduction, you can have them all over the house and also gift them to friends and family.
English Ivy according to NASA is one of the best plants to add to your home for air purification. Allergies and asthma are both pathogens know to affect the sleeping in people.
English Ivy is best for relieving these symptoms, therefore inducing a great sleep. A research has proven that the English ivy can eliminate airborne mold and airborne feces in a few hours. T
his is also easily grown as it can be planted in a hanging basket and requires moderate sunlight.
Peace Lily is also an easy plant to grow at home. It requires watering once a week and be sure to keep it in a nice shady area. Other than looking so pretty, this plant is also known to purify the air in its surroundings. Peace lily eliminates formaldehyde as well.
They also increase the humidity in the surroundings by 5% and gives you reliefs from dry nose and throats as well as allergies, by eliminating airborne pathogens. An addition to its numerous benefit is providing you with a sound sleep. No more staying awake at nights.
Sleep better, function better next morning at work or in your daily activities.
The number of plants to have in your home depends on you and your lifestyle. Just like any other thing, do not get more than you can handle or take care of as plants require enough time and treatment for them to grow properly. Also, most of these plants can be grown in the front or backyard and not just the bedroom.
Planting them outside and having some inside only doubles the benefits throughout the day. Wake up to a fresh atmosphere whiles the kids or yourself also enjoys a beautiful view of plants in the front or backyard that comes with all the healthy benefits.
As the saying goes,” when the last plant dies, the last man dies”, take care of the plants in and outside the house for a lovely bonus of good health.
As always, all thoughts and comments are welcome. please feel free to leave them and I will make sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
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