“Aloe” from the other side; I must have called a thousand “thymes”!
(Pardon the terrible plant puns, I simply couldn’t resist the temptation.)
As we’ve been discussing over the last few weeks, small changes can make a big impact; Even the most insignificant water droplets ripple across the largest ponds! Continuing that theme, the simple act of cultivating an indoor garden can reap countless health benefits with little overhead costs and effort!
Reduce pollutant levels!
When indoors, people tend to keep windows shut and recycle the conditioned air within the space. Couple that air recycling with plastics and other materials that release chemicals in the form of undetectable vapor, and pollution accumulates in the home or apartment in no time! Yuck! The most common indoor pollutant, (some of which are called Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs by the way,) is formaldehyde. According to the CDC, exposure to this compound via inhalation can cause respiratory allergy symptoms; long-term exposure has been directly linked to cancer, specifically of the nose and throat. Houseplants such as the Boston Fern are effective in purifying the air of this dangerous, naturally occurring chemical.
Reduce Carbon dioxide levels!
A simplified explanation of the Carbon cycle (photosynthesis and cellular respiration, for those interested,) tells the reader that plants absorb Carbon dioxide and release Oxygen in exchange; because humans need to breathe Oxygen to survive and a natural byproduct of breathing is Carbon dioxide, plants and humans live in symbiosis, complementing the needs of one another without detriment to the self. In a way, houseplants are the perfect roommate, with typically low maintenance, modest resource usage, and mutual respiratory benefits. Who wouldn’t want to breathe cleaner, more oxygen-rich air? It’s a no-brainer, really!
Reduce dust levels!
By housing a couple of plant friends, one could reduce how often they have to pull out the dust cloth and furniture polish. Indoor plants with ample foliage have a large surface area, providing the ability to purify air more thoroughly by filtering out dust at microscopic levels. Less dust = less cleaning (AND less sneezing!) for everyone sharing the space.
Reduce air temperatures!
Through a process called transpiration, water evaporates from the plant’s leaves, releasing just enough moisture into the surrounding air to cool the room without making the atmosphere too humid. This natural cooling system is a great way to cut down on AC costs! Additionally, formaldehyde levels increase with warmer, more humid temperatures, so cooler rooms = less formaldehyde vapor production.
By now, it’s obvious that houseplants pull double duty as soothing decorative elements that work overtime to improve health, so why wait? Go talk to our friends at The Great Outdoors to get started!
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