Decorating your apartment with plants does more than make your home look great - it also can have these positive health benefits.
Purify the Air
Plants create their own food using photosynthesis, a reaction involving carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight. The product of this reaction is oxygen. NASA research has proven that some plants can even absorb other harmful gases from the air including Benzene (found in cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde. According to NASA, if you want to use house plants to help purify the air in your apartment, use one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.
Plants can do more than purify the air we breathe. Plants like the English Ivy can absorb airborne mould spores which triggers allergies. Other plants that remove allergens from the air include Dracaena, Peace Lily, and Gerbera Daisies. The Areca Palm plant releases moisture into the air, which is perfect for anyone who suffers from sinus problems.
Because humans have an essential need for nature, a walk in the park can do wonders for our moods. Studies have shown that adding plants to your office or apartment workspace will not only improve your mood, it can also increase your creativity and productivity. Succulents are perfect for busy workspaces as they don't require lots of watering, can survive on artificial light, and are interesting to look at.
Herbal plants like Jasmine and Lavender have calming qualities that make them perfect for reducing stress. Studies from Kansas State University showed that having a plant or flowers to look at can enhance healing for many patients.
The Aloe plant not only removes harmful toxins from the air, but it can also aid in healing. Be sure to familiarize yourself with how to safely use fresh Aloe Vera gel.
Adding plants to your apartment or your balcony can reduce constant noise. Plants absorb noise through their stems, leaves, and branches. The larger the surface area, the better sound absorption. Place plants around the edges of your balcony or near windows in your apartment for optimal noise reduction. The best plants to have are Ferns, rubber plants, and Weeping Fig.