Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

By Alexandra Lily Swanston

Health Benefits of Indoor Plants

When you feel down, it’s amazing what a walk in the park can do. That’s because when we get in touch with nature, we improve our wellbeing. Studies show time spent outside in green areas can reduce our mental fatigue, increase relaxation, etc. However, we actually spend a considerable amount of our time indoors instead-around 90%. That is where indoor plants come in handy. Although they are not a substitute for the great outdoors, indoor plants can provide similar benefits. Many houseplants absorb toxic substances such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene; found in man-made materials that are known to “off-gas” pollutants into the air in your home.

So, what is it about plants and nature that makes us happier and healthier? One theory is that our connection to nature and living things is in our DNA. Edward O. Wilson, a biologist, wrote about the biophilia hypothesis, which suggests all humans possess an innate tendency to seek connection with other forms of life-whether that be other humans, animals or nature-and that this connection is deeply rooted in our biology.

Scientific Benefits of Indoor Plants

Choosing the right plants

Indoor plants are a warm and welcoming addition to any home, but if you’re not well- versed in plants, you might be overwhelmed at just how many options there are to choose from-big plants, small plants, hanging plants, succulents and so much more. To make your selection a little easier, here’s a list of the most popular and best indoor plants.

Indoor plant care tips

So now that you know which plants to get and how much these potted plants are doing for your health, here’s how you can do your leafy friends a solid and keep them healthy too.

– Allow for proper drainage
– Set tropical shade plants 3 to 5 feet away from a southwest-facing window, where they can get bright but indirect sun.
– It’s important to know your plants specific watering needs-and to avoid the temptation to water more frequently than necessary.
– Just like water, fertilization needs vary from plant to plant. But indoor plants tend to deplete their soil nutrients faster because they’re kept confined in a planter.
– Combat dry indoor conditions by misting plants once or twice a week to promote humidity.

An indoor garden can be your refuge from the outside world, and for many people it is a source of great joy. Whether you live in a small apartment, or a large house; by introducing certain plants into your home, you will start to notice improvements to your health and overall happiness. As well as enhancing your mood and creating a living space that is soothing to be in, plants can also help with loneliness and depression: caring for a living thing gives us a purpose and is rewarding-especially when you see that living thing bloom and thrive.


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