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The surprising health benefits of Indoor garden

We learned in grade school that plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen, but it is a bit more complex than that. They also absorb gases like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia, and benzene, making the air we breathe richer in oxygen.

Indoor gardening can actually improve your health. Indoor plants are effective air purifiers by adding oxygen and moisture to the air, thereby improving our respiration.

By improving your air quality, reducing your stress levels, lowering your blood pressure, and sleeping better at night, we’re sure you’ll find the benefits of indoor gardening pretty incredible.

Indoor garden can decrease your stress levels

A study has found that interacting with indoor plants can reduce both psychological and physiological stress. There are obviously therapeutic effects of caring for plants and gardening has been shown to decrease blood pressure and reduce stress.

Certain plants release oxygen during the night, which helps you sleep better, while jasmine actually creates a more restful sleep environment due to its odour. Plants like lavender also reduces anxiety, making it easier for you to fall asleep. Plants that purify the air are also good choices to keep in your bedroom to promote a restful sleep!

Indoor air pollution

Health experts warned that the air one breathes inside the house contains particles that are harmful to health, which means the air quality inside your house can be as perilous as outside. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help reduce air pollutants inside your home, such as keeping indoor plants that convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into fresh oxygen.

According to the Clean Air Study, which was performed by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, the toxins which cause sick building syndrome are:

  • Trichloroethylene– Found in printing inks, paints and varnishes
  • Formaldehyde– Found in paper bags, facial tissues and paper towels
  • Benzene– Found in plastic resins, dyes and furniture wax
  • Xylene– Found in rubber, leather and paint
  • Ammonia– Found in window cleaners, floor waxes and fertilizers

Best Air Purifying Plants from NASA Clean Air Study

The Dracaena marginata removes not only benzene and formaldehyde from the air but also xylene and toluene. Dracaena requires less water than most indoor plants.  Always allow the topsoil to dry out before watering.

Snake Plants otherwise known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is a succulent plant that can grow up to two meters in height. It is a low maintenance plant that is hardy and thrives on neglect. Place them in somewhere tolerating bright even direct light for a couple of hours a day. Be careful not to over water as they thrive in dry condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Ferns are relatively easy to grow and prefer to clean the air from a cool location with high humidity and indirect light.