4 Benefits to Having House Plants in Your Apartment

4 Benefits to Having Houseplants in Your Apartment

Apartment Dwellers have been placing plants, trees and green things in their homes for generations.  I’ll bet you grew up with a spider plant or two in your house.  Today the trend is still strong - with many people opting for structural plantings, succulents and stem plants like bamboo.  It’s true that plants look good, but did you know that there are many other benefits to keeping greenery in your apartment home?

  1.  They Add Oxygen to the Air We Breathe:

When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. 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.

  1.  They Help Keep Us Healthy:

Have you ever seen plants in hospital rooms?  Many professionals believe in their healing power.  Studies have shown that patients with plants in their hospital rooms request less pain medication and often have quicker recoveries than patients without plants.  Plants add moisture to the air.  This is essential in recovery.  It can decrease the occurrence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and coughs.  Many plants help remove pollutants from the air.  The Peace Lily, Gerber Daisy and Bamboo Palm are noted for this trait.  Researchers suggest one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.

  1. They Improve your work Performance:

Bring a plant to your office or to school.  Studies show that workers and students in the presence of plants have improved concentration, memory and productivity.  Keep an ornamental plant that is low maintenance at work or in your apartment for better work production.

  1. Decrease Stress levels:

The anthurium houseplant helps to decrease stress levels which is important to know with the hectic lives we live.  Many say that a positive feeling of well-being comes over them when plants are near by.  Have you ever brought a plant or bouquet of flowers to someone who is feeling blue?  Nine times out of ten they will be feeling better after receiving your gift.   

So how can you bring the positive vibes of potted plants to your apartment?  You can simply visit a nursery, a Home Depot or go on-line.  Amazon will have plants delivered to your door in just a few days. 

Enjoy the green!