Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Benefits of House Plants

I've always had plants in my house. The first reason for this is decoration and it seems in the last year house plants have come back into fashion. But there are so many more reasons to have house plants in your home.

Improve air quality – They help to purify stale indoor air which allows you to breathe easier. One particularly good plant for this is sanseveria trifasciata or mother-in-law's tongue. It is evergreen with tall sword shaped leaves but needs very little maintenance. In fact they can be neglected for weeks and left without the need for watering. It is though brilliant at combating airborne toxins and is one of the few plants that release fresh oxygen at night. By purifying the air in such a way it then helps you to sleep.

Lower stress – By providing better air quality house plants can naturally lower your stress levels. Some plants are even better at it such as lavender. The scent of a lavender plant can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. You can use essential oils or room sprays but a potted lavender plant will be a natural and permanent fixture in your home.

Reduce the risk of dry skin – Peace lilies and ivy are thirsty plants which need plenty of water. They then release water into the air and swap CO₂ for oxygen.

Food and flavouring – Kitchen windowsills are great for displaying plants and in particular ones that can also be used in cooking. Fill the area with herbs such as parsley, mint or my favourite basil. Alternatively try growing chillies to add some fire to your food plus a kick of colour.

First aid – I've often used aloe vera gel when I have come out in rashes such after picking strawberries or walking through fields with long grasses. If you have an aloe vera plant at home you can simply cut off one of its leaves to access the sap. This is particularly effective in soothing burns and scalds.

Do you have house plants in your home? Have you found they have hidden benefits?

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