Did you know that according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); most of us spend 90% of our time indoors? Not surprisingly, that’s not so great for our health and well-being. In fact, research suggests that spending too much time indoors can lead to more stress in our lives. The best thing, of course, is to get outdoors and breathe some fresh air. But, with our increasingly busy lives, that’s easier said than done. The solution: Green up your space with some indoor plants. They will not only add beauty to your surroundings, but they can deliver some real health benefits as well. Here are three ways they can rev your health.
Banish indoor pollution. The chemicals in everyday household products such as, air fresheners and cleaning products, can out gas—release harmful chemicals into the air, polluting your home. A study done by NASA researchers showed that as few as three plants in a room can improve indoor air quality by absorbing many of these harmful chemicals.
Improve your concentration. Have trouble focusing? Researchers at Washington State University found that plants can improve your ability to concentrate (I’m getting some for my home office!)
Boost your mood. Many studies show that the presence of plants in your space makes you feel happier and calmer. Who wouldn’t like that? So, the next time you’re feeling under pressure, take a break and look at the greenery (hint: get some plants!) around you. You’ll feel so much better.
Now that you know about some of the health-boosting benefits of greening up your space; it’s time to go shopping. Some great options to consider when choosing indoor plants are: Boston fern, spider plant, and English ivy. However, caution is in order if you have pets, because many plants can be toxic to your four-legged family members. Check out www.pikenursery.com for some great choices and some to avoid.
To your good health!