6 Healthy Reasons to Have More Plants in Your Home

Most people agree that plants look nice, but there are more reasons than just aesthetics to have more of them in your home. Plants do positive work for your home’s air quality that you may not be aware of, and they can also benefit you in other healthy ways.

Set up a variety of plants in appropriate places in your home (find out how much sun and water they need, and if they will thrive indoors). Not only will it give your home a more natural feel from bringing the outdoors inside, you can enjoy the mind/body benefits that come with it. Here are six of those benefits…

1. Plants Purify the Air

Your indoor air quality may not be as good as you think; in fact, experts say indoor air is usually a lot worse than outdoor, even when pollution indexes are high. Plants in your home convert carbon dioxide into new oxygen and help purify the air (just like outdoor plants do on a larger scale), notes MindBodyGreen.com.

The source notes that the space agency NASA adds plants to its international space station to control air quality, so there’s a lot to be said for it. The right plants can neutralize harmful airborne substances in your home (or space station, if you happen to own one) such as benzene and formaldehyde, it adds.


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Jeff Hayward

Jeff Hayward

Jeff has more than 15 years of experience writing professionally about health, travel and the arts among other subjects. He continuously looks to improve his own overall health through exercise, diet and mindfulness. He is also a proud stay-at-home dad that loves taking photographs both professionally and as a hobby.