Health Benefits of Houseplants

Adding houseplants to your home or office is a great way to boost decor and bring greenery indoors. From ferns to succulents, many houseplants make brilliant gifts and can even help to improve mental and physical health.

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Plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which not only improves air quality but can help to absorb harmful toxins. Research from NASA says that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins (such as mold) in 24 hours.

Not only can indoor plants purify your home’s air, but they can boost healing. A study conducted at Kansas State University found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses as evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms.

Houseplants can even help you work effectively and become more productive. Studies with both students and workers reveal that studying or working in the presence of plants can have a dramatic effect. As with simply being in nature, being around plants improves concentration, memory, and productivity. Being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent, according to a University of Michigan study.

Create a refuge from the outside world by bringing houseplants indoors. Interior landscaping can provide a pleasant and relaxing environment. Adding a plant to your desk or office can help to improve focus and productivity. In some studies, it has been shown that large plants (or groupings of plants) can absorb and soften background noise, making a space feel calmer.


  1. Reduces carbon monoxide levels
  2. Increases humidity
  3. Reduces levels of some air pollutants and toxins
  4. Reduces airborne dust
  5. Keeps air temperatures lower

Whether you choose to hang them from the ceiling, place them on a table, or completely fill the room with them, houseplants are sure to become a welcome addition to your home.

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