Plants indoors can add beauty and a sense of nature to our homes and offices, shopping malls and public spaces. But did you know they also help us feel better, and stay healthier, physically and mentally?

Growing Fresh Air

indoor plant landscaping Research by NASA into air quality in space stations, started in the 1980s, scientifically proves that many familiar indoor plants are excellent at removing dust, harmful chemicals, and volatile organic compounds, from the air that we breathe.
These chemicals include benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene - those found in dry cleaning fluid, house building materials such as varnishes and carpeting, and car exhaust fumes.
These chemicals also contribute to Sick Building Syndrome, prevalent in air-conditioned rooms and those with recycled air, which can cause sore eyes and breathing difficulties.

The most effective plants at cleaning the air include philodendrons, peace lilies, palms, ivy, spider plants, gerberas, Chinese evergreens, dracaena, and Boston ferns. You can see the list of plants that were originally tested onthis wikipedia page, along with the chemicals they are most effective at removing from the air.

Growing for Health

indoor plant landscaping Norwegian research in hospitals and offices by professor Dr Tove Fjeld proves that having plants around us indoors, helps stop us becoming ill from minor ailments like coughs and colds.

Occurrences of fatigue, headaches, dry skin, coughing, and sore eyes were all reduced. We concentrate better, we're less tired, even our skin is healthier when we have plants around us! Plants reduce stress levels and help us concentrate and focus.

Plants for our health and wellbeing

indoor plants for health And if we are seriously ill, plants help us to get better faster and often with less medication. Many hospitals and care facilities are including plants in their design. Even looking at a green view makes us calmer and more relaxed - maybe even a nicer person!

The research is being continued by scientists at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne, who recommend plants for improving air quality and our own wellbeing. The scientists recommend ten plants for maximum results, but just one single indoor plant can slash harmful airborne particles by 25%.

So if we can't have a green view from our home or office window, or we can't get out into a garden, then having plants around us indoors reminds us of nature and gives us those same relaxing, cleansing, and calming benefits. Why not see where you can sneak an extra plant into your life?