There was a time when indoor pot plants were associated with elderly women peering between the leaves of Aspidistras and gaps in lace curtaining at the goings-on in the neighbourhood. But that old spinster’s tale is part of the long ago. Things have changed in the here and now, and scientists are finding far healthier uses for indoor plants than spying on the neighbours. Baxton Property Management in Hobart suggests that tenants might want to take these benefits off the windowsill, and right into the lounge.
Purifying the air
Most people these days spend almost all their time indoors these days, whether it’s at the office or in their home. But most are unaware that indoor air pollution can be providing serious risks to their health. Statistics claim this ups the chances of strokes by more than 30%; heart disease and COPD by more than 20% and even lung cancer by 6%. It can also increase the rate of respiratory infections in children by somewhere around 5 to 6%.
Is there any chance indoor plants could be the answer? It’s known they can go a long way towards helping, but it’s not been determined exactly how much, or how many plants would be necessary. The most famous study, the NASA Clean Air Study done way back in the 80’s was highly controlled. Our homes are not. But what is also known is that having plants indoors can at least help to purify the air. And there’s no risk involved in giving them a chance to do so, while also enjoying other benefits the living greenery provides.
When plants play doctor
Can you believe that your plants can play doctor for a number of common health problems? They do this by improving your immune system, and at least reducing the amount of toxins, contaminants and man-made volatile organic compounds released by paint and some household cleaners into the air you breathe indoors. Plants also reduce the carbon dioxide in the air (by up to 25% in a non-air conditioned office building), replacing it with oxygen.
Their leaves can remove dust and airborne microbes which could infect your respiratory system, while the plant assists in balancing humidity levels, too.
Improving your health
By creating a healthier environment, indoor plants are building a reputation for relieving many of the common health problems we face, while also improving our ability to function well. And they look good while doing it.
Among the health benefits that are being investigated are:
- A reduction in cold-related symptoms (as well as some viral infections) of 30% or more has been attributed to plants’ ability to release moisture into the air and increase humidity.
- On the flip side, they can contribute to lessening eye and fungal disease by lowering it.
- Have a problem with frequent headaches? Plants may assist you by freshening the air and removing the stale stuffiness as well as contaminants from the air.
- It’s been suggested that house plants may help prevent allergies developing in children by exposing them to allergens from an early age. The theory is that plants can act like an allergy shot in building tolerance and immunity.
- Reductions in sick leave thanks to the presence of plants in offices have been cited as anything from 20 to 60 percent, while other positive stats exist for fatigue (down by 30%) and perceptions of pain by around 25%.
Acting as mood enhancers
Whether it’s just because they are beautiful, or there’s some magic ingredient in their make-up, plants tend to improve moods, increase happiness and create a sense of wellbeing, optimism and stability.
Not surprisingly, along with these benefits, claims are made that plants also improve concentration levels, memory, productivity and creative thinking, while lowering stress and anxiety, and helping to lift depression. Nor is it difficult to believe that an entire therapy modality has developed out of the positive effects of plants.
Called Horticulture Therapy, it’s based on outdoor gardening, but improvements HT brings about may well be experienced to a lesser extent when you are surrounded by living plants in your home. After all, if it appears to work in hospitals and care facilities, why not in the privacy of your home? HT claims positive outcomes in treating dementia and schizophrenia. It also points to improvements in recovery time, as well as in rehabilitative, social and vocational areas. You could say it’s a growing trend in natural medicine.
Don’t take chances
Baxton Property Management in Hobart, seeks to make relevant and interesting information of all kinds available to property owners and their tenants. However, while Baxton is a specialist in property management, it does not claim to be an expert in all areas covered by its blogs. This article’s content is supported by studies in many instances, but Baxton does not make any claims with regards to plants’ effects on serious illnesses. Nor does it take responsibility for tenants’ using plants which could be toxic to tenants or their pets.
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