What's missing in your life? What's one thing that could really brighten up your personal atmosphere? Shoes and clothing are nice, as are feng shui and interior design, but there's something even better. You need to get some indoor [house] plants.
If you've never experienced the delight of caring for and growing your own indoor plant life, you truly are missing out. House plants provide lush, decorative beauty, easily transforming any home into a green, sometimes colourful, wonderland. Imagine, some of the most unique and gorgeous pieces of art growing directly out of a pot or vase of dirt in your own home. As many of us already know, plants are simply magical, and the benefits of indoor varieties are not simply limited to their aesthetic properties.
Indoor plants, like outdoor ones, can boost serotonin levels in humans. This means they have a positive effect on our mood and behaviour, such as reducing stress, boosting work performance, and enhancing general wellbeing.
Amazingly, hospital rooms that have indoor plants have been proven to speed the recovery of the patient(s) in that room. The very act of caring for a plant, and watching it thrive, has also been shown to increase happiness and fulfillment in people. Those who have plants understand, you form subtle bonds and relationships with them as a caretaker.
Just like trees, plants essentially breathe in carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and breathe out oxygen (H2O). In short, they naturally purify the air in your home. NASA concluded that a small to medium-sized plant is enough to filter about 100 ft of floor space, so an average home would benefit from about 15 to 20 plants. The more plants, the cleaner the air.
Tropical plants seem to provide the greatest filtration, but most common house plants will also help to clean the air significantly. The purification is achieved by the plants absorbing and destroying VOCs like benzene and formaldehyde.
The best purifying plants:
Of course, you can always take the opportunity to create a small, indoor or patio garden while you're at it. Many vegetables, legumes, berries, etc. can be easily grown on sills and window hangers. This is especially useful if you live in an urban area and also if you would like to begin growing/consuming some of your own produce.
Plants with medicinal benefits, like aloe vera, are always useful to have on hand. In Canada, Marijuana is set to be legalized in October 2018, and Canadians will be able to grow up to four plants within their own home depending on provincial/local laws. However, always consider the presence of children or animals in your home before choosing which plants are appropriate. Certain plants are poisonous and the medicinal ingredients in others can cause harm.
If your life seems a little out of balance, get a house plant or two. Many valuable things can be derived from their presence in your home. It's an opportunity to bring the best parts of the earth back indoors, and to reacquaint oneself with the wonders of the natural world.
Author: Taylor Nason