Last Updated on July 13, 2020 by Yuvika Iyer
Wondering if you should have low maintenance indoor plants in your home?
Here are 8 evidence-based benefits that can have a massive impact on your mental and physical health.
You know that you love your houseplants.
But do you know that they are no less than a savior for your health?
Low maintenance indoor plants do wonders for reducing your stress levels, purifying your indoor air and have valuable healing abilities.
What are the Benefits of Low Maintenance Indoor Plants
If you are looking for one reason to get more plants into your urban home, I will give you eight solid reasons to add them to your family.
The aloe vera plant scientifically known as Aloe Berberae is popularly known as “lily of the desert,” “the medicine plant” and “the plant of immortality.”
The gel inside the aloe leaves can quickly heal your wounds, cuts, and bruises.
It is equally effective in soothing all types of skin burns and sunburns.
Extensive use of aloe vera has been found in ancient Egyptian texts where it has shown to have quickly healed infections, parasites, cuts, and burns.
If you have asthma, cut aloe leave and boil it in the water, take the vapor regularly, and it will negate your asthma symptoms.
Clean and Purify Air
NASA conducted research called “The Clean Air Study” to find out if houseplants can help to purify indoor air.
The researchers discovered that low maintenance indoor plants help us breathe fresh air by eliminating airborne toxic elements.
Spider plant is in the list of plants that help us purify indoor air. It’s easy-to-grow, beautiful and one of the most popular plant species.
It helps to control formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and carbon monoxide in the indoor air.
These common VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) get emitted by household items like carpets, rugs, old furniture and fixtures, and other appliances.
NASA’s clean air study featured another plant called Ficus Elastica.
You would know it by its common name – rubber plant.
It is a popular houseplant with shiny and gristly oval-shaped leaves with pointed tips.
Rubber plants rank pretty high on the list of air-purifying plants as they help reduce levels of formaldehyde from the indoor air.
Bigger plants are considered more effective in removing airborne toxins.
Formaldehyde is a deadly toxin which is released by the dust mites, molds and mildews hidden in your flooring tiles or furniture.
Grow fresh oxygen to breath pure
Snake plant is popularly known as Mother In Law’s tongue for its curvy shape.
It’s probably one of the toughest and low-maintenance houseplants.
Its scaly upright leaves make a great style statement in any room of your house or office apart from purifying the air.
Plants make us remain alive by infusing fresh air in the atmosphere. They inhale CO2 and convert it into oxygen for us to breathe.
Most houseplants perform this cycle during daytime unlike snake plant, which emits oxygen into indoor air at night.
This amazing quality makes the snake plant a must-have in your bedroom.
Keep your snake plants within the breathing zone of your home, which is typically in the radius of 2 sq — meters where you usually sleep or sit.
The right placement of your snake plants can provide immense benefits in the long run.
Controls Humidity as a Natural humidifier
Did you know that about 10% of the air you breathe is created by plants?
Plants are nature’s own humidifiers that help to maintain the moisture balance in the air.
One of the most popular plants that helps do this is the Areca palm. It is commonly known as the golden cane or butterfly palm and is a common houseplant.
This beautiful palm infuses moisture into the indoor air and increases the humidity level in the dry months of the winter season.
Plants like succulents and cacti retain excess moisture or water in their leaves and stems and release almost zero moisture in the indoor air.
Natural Air Fresheners
Do you use artificial air fresheners to remove bad odor from your home and add a sweet touch of fragrance in the indoor air?
Well, try doing this with indoor plants and I promise you will never go back to that chemical generated fragrance again.
Keep dwarf kaffir lime trees to fill your home with a fresh and sweet aroma.
Turn your home into a chemical-free abode and say bye to the artificial room fresheners.
Multiple studies conducted by different research organization have proved that keeping houseplants in office or home have a positive effect on the occupant’s health.
Choosing to live green helps in reducing anxiety, fatigues, and stress, rejuvenate your nervous system, and improve productivity in every sphere of your life.
Pick plants with broad leaves to keep on your work desk, home office, and kids’ study area to get a direct and maximum positive effect on health.
You can go for weeping fig(Ficus Benjamina) or bamboo palm (Chamaedorea Seifrizii) that regulate indoor moisture levels.
Each one of us needs to have 7 to 8 hours of peaceful and uninterrupted sleep to remain in the pink of our health.
Many of us are guilty of continuously thinking of our past, present and future lives.
Sleep disturbances, apnea and related disorders are on the rise.
Research has shown that regular intake of vapor from some houseplants like jasmine and lavender can help you sleep better and in a peaceful mind.
Keep a jasmine and lavender plant by the window of your bedroom.
The heavenly aroma of lavender and jasmine flower will destress and tranquil your mind and give you a restful good night’s sleep.
Enhance your mental health
When you are reeling under pressure, nothing can cheer you up better than the gift of greenery and colorful blooms.
Hospital rooms with houseplants and flowers have positive effects on the patient’s mind and quicken the healing process.
Patients with terminal diseases have magical effects when they have plants and flowers around them.
They experienced faster recovery with a calming effect on their nervous system.
Get Low Maintenance Indoor Plants
Plants elevate your mood, help you be more relaxed and in tune with nature.
Plants help you fight with depression and loneliness.
Choose an easy-to-grow houseplant variety like African violet and enjoy the colorful bloom throughout the year.
Start your quest on green living today and see your positivity grow by huge leaps!