#Plantlife: Three Reasons Why You Need to Buy a House Plant Today

We can all agree that adding a little bit of greenery to your living space can spruce up your home, no pun intended. But did you know that having house plants can actually improve your health? Believe it or not, having plants in your home provides a ton of benefits that aren’t just aesthetic. Read on to learn about the three main reasons why you should consider plants over art for your new home décor:

They can help you breathe

Breathing may be a simple act, but the science behind respiration can be kind of complicated. When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Considering that people absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide, plants are our natural partners when it comes to respiration. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels. At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants – orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.

They purify the air

According to NASA, plants remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air every 24 hours. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene, and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound. According to researchers at Kansas State University, adding plants to hospital rooms even speeds recovery rates of surgical patients!

They help you work better

Studies involving both students and workers have shown that studying or working in the presence of plants can have a positive effect on concentration. According to www.treehugger.com, as with simply being in nature, being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity. A study at University of Michigan has shown that being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20%. “Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration,” notes Texas A&M. “Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.”

To learn more about house plants, their benefits, and proper growing conditions, read Tips for Healthy Houseplants. Time to put that green thumb to work!