Top 5 Benefits of Houseplants
Are you over the snow and cold and just itching for spring to arrive? Why not add some life to your home with some new houseplants? Indoor plants not only bring beauty to your home, they can also offer several health advantages you may not be aware of. So, while you enjoy a nice reprieve from your Atlanta lawn care routine, why not try your hand at indoor gardening and experience these awesome benefits?
Add Flavor to Meals: Herbs and vegetables are great options for indoor gardening. If you’re limited with space, you can even grow a few herbs and vegetables in a windowsill or on a tabletop. Just be sure your plants get enough light to photosynthesize (as suggested on the packaging), either from natural light or a grow light. Choose from tomatoes, peppers, basil, rosemary, chives, parsley, or any number of herbs and vegetables to use in your recipes. Homegrown not only tastes better, it’s also typically better for you!
Improve Your Mood: Some research has indicated that exposure to plants can help reduce blood pressure. It’s no wonder indoor plants enhance our overall well-being and help us to feel more positive. There’s something about being around flowers and greenery that just allows you to feel calm and less stressed.
Feel Alive! As part of the photosynthesis process, plants take in carbon dioxide from the air. Too much CO2 can make you feel sleepy, so by removing some, plants can help you to feel less fatigued and more energized to take on the day.
Purify Your Air: It’s no secret that there is an array of chemicals like formaldehyde floating around any home (from furniture glues, natural gas stoves, and the like). While we can’t eliminate these toxins, there are a variety of plants that can help purify your air and reduce their presence. Boston Ferns, English Ivy, Peace lilies, and Gerbera Daisies are all great options for cleaning airborne toxins in your home. For best results, one plant in a 10- to 12-inch pot or two smaller ones are recommended for every 100 square feet of your home.
Sleep Soundly: Who would think of adding some plants to your room to help you feel more rested? But it’s true – some plants, including orchids and succulents like aloe vera, are very efficient in oxygen production at night which can promote a deeper sleep, allowing you to wake up feeling more rested.
What’s to lose? Bring some plant life indoors this winter, and year-round for that matter, and you might experience some amazing health benefits you never knew were possible!