Indoor plants enhance health and boost positive energy

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There are many ways to beautify your interior.  One of which is painting the walls, putting lights, furnishings, tiles, fixtures, and plants!

Houseplants or indoor plants are not only famous for their visual beauty but also for their health benefits to people. Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.  This process keeps the atmosphere in balance and maintains the Earth’s temperature to prevent global warming.  Too  much carbon dioxide causes more thermal energy to be trapped in the atmosphere causing the planet to be warmer than usual and eventually causing climate change and global warming.

The importance of plants is recognized by homeowners that’s why they fill their houses with plants and their landscape displays trees, grass, and flowering plants.  They do not only serve for beautification but to keep the air fresh and eliminate toxins, as well.

NASA’s research  revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 per cent of air toxins in 24 hours.  Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them useful not only in homes but in offices as well.

Plants increase the level of positivity and boosts energy therefore creating more outputs and productivity at work. They may be placed on your desk, beside the door, in the bathroom, and even one beside your chair. Plants helps us feel more relaxed and calm according to this article. Indoor plants serve a practical and aesthetic purpose, and will enhance your life.

Making your indoor garden

An indoor garden can be your refuge from the outside world, and for many people it is life!  Many people who are engrossed with their plants say that they cannot live without spending time with their plants, talking to them, cultivating them, and making a connection.  It may sound funny to some but this is true.  Some people talk to plants to connect with nature. This article claims that if you put plants inside your home, you will start to notice improvements to your health and 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 blooms and thrives.

Plants that thrive indoor

1.  Snake Plant

They are called snake plant not because when you plant them, snake will go to your home or they will hide in the snake plant. They got that name  simply from the thin, upright leaves with “irregular green banding” that look like—you guessed it—snakeskin.

They are low-maintenance plant because they are known for surviving droughts.  They are good for indoors because they can thrive in the shade but you need to expose them to sunlight at least once every week to keep their bright and cool color.

2. Dracaena

This plant, like the snake plant, is a low-maintenance plant.  It does not need too much water and can live for 3-5 days even without watering.  It can easily adapt to different light environments.  It enjoys being outdoors with the sunlight but it is great inside the house, too.  The only thing that changes is the color of its leaves.  If they are kept indoor, the leaves are a lot greener compared to when they are outdoors. It can purify the air and removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.

3.  Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a plant that has a lot of health benefits.  It is not only easy to grow and care for but it heals and cures, as well. We can read from different websites the benefits we get from Aloe Vera.  Its juice has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. So not only can you use this plant to brighten up your home, but you can also use it to heal wounds and different skin conditions.

Aloe Vera prefers a dry soil rather than wet though you can water it twice a month.  It keeps being alive on both outdoors and indoors.  Even if you are not after its healing properties, you would still want this plant to stay in your home because it removes formaldehyde.

4.  Rubber Tree

If you hear its name, Rubber Tree, you will think twice and ask yourself, “A tree? Can I keep a tree inside my home?” Indeed, you can place this plant inside your home.  Aside from its beauty, it can absorb a lot of carbon dioxide from your home because it has big leaves to do that job.  It is very easy to take care of it because it is low-maintenance and only require less water.

5.  Spider Plant

The color of this plant makes it very attractive.  They need bright light but not necessarily be placed under the sun.  They prefer to be in a shady area and this makes them very ideal to be kept inside the house. It is very easy to propagate this plant because its ‘babies’ just spring up from the spoil and you can just pick them up to plant in another pot.  It’s also a strong air purifier, removing both formaldehyde and xylene.

Plants for beginners

For beginners and those who are not a green thumb, it is advised that they should pick a plant that is not sensitive to grow and care for. These plants can live under anyone’s hands because they are known to be enduring and ‘stubborn’ plants.  They are the kind that can live even when you are already stepping on them!

6.  Cacti

Cacti can be as hard and stubborn as steel.  They can live even in the worst condition of heat.  They are known to be the plants of the desert. One of the wonderful things about cacti is that they will tolerate your terrible behavior for years and years, and then they will surprise you with flowers when they get growing again. They can survive for very long time even without water.

7.  Guiana Chestnut

This plant is more famous by its name as “money tree” or “money plant”.  To look even more attractive, gardeners braid its trunk.  Owners of this plant believe that if they have it and keep it with them, fortune stays with them, too.  Well, whether or not this belief is true, keeping a plant inside your home is a positive thing because of the positive vibes it gives and its health benefits like absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen that keeps the air you breathe fresh.

Sources: Women’s Health, GH

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