So a couple of weeks ago, my girlfriend and I bought two house plants for our apartment. This was a first for us. We got a Swiss Cheese Plant and another smaller plant with a long, forgettable name. I had heard that there were benefits in having indoor plants and now I’m really experiencing them first hand so I thought I’d share…
- Plants are our friends – When we breath we take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Plants take in Carbon Dioxide and release Oxygen during photosynthesis. So by having a house plant you are ensuring that the air is fresh and breathable (much better than those plug-in “air fresheners” which are full of harmful toxins!).
- Speaking of fresh air – Plants are responsible for removing up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours. VOCs are toxins found in rugs, cigarette smoke, shopping bags and solvents like paint (they’re everywhere).
- Healers – Plants have been proven to speed up the recovery process for patients in hospitals.
Many studies suggest that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of colds, sore throats, dry skin, and dry coughs – Well with the fresh air, removal of toxins and and healing capabilities, there’s no wonder! I definitely experienced this one first hand: I have never had a cold come and go so fast!
Having an indoor plant is a responsibility, it might not be a huge one but someone needs to water it! Your plant depends on you to live and therefor watering it can be very rewarding. You’re taking care of it and it in turn is taking care of you. It can also just be a relaxing experience to take the time to water your plant and reflect for a moment as you do so. My mum (Dee Kelsall – Greenhouse Therapies founder and owner), always takes time from her busy schedule to water her plants once a week, often talking to them as she does so. It’s meditative.
Our connection to nature is often overlooked and easily forgotten, but we should try to remember it’s value and appreciate it.
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Written by: Tom Kelsall