Are the Benefits of Plants a Myth?

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The following information comes from Plants for Life, which aims to promote and recognize the real benefits of indoor plants in the home, the workplace, the environment and to our personal health. Plants for Life is a ‘not-for-profit’ organization that collates and communicates independent academic research into the health and well-being that indoor plants bring to our every day lives.

FACT: Indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30%

Contact with plants and nature is a calming tonic for the body and soul. More and more scientific research is proving that being near plants is good for our mental and physical well-being. Plants help reduce stress, make people happier, lower symptoms of discomfort and minor ailments, speed recovery from illness, improve concentration, productivity and creativity, save energy and create clean air in a green and natural way.

FACT: Hospital patients with plants in their room have less pain, anxiety, fatigue, take significantly less pain medication, have lower blood pressure and heart rates, and are happier with their recovery rooms than patients without plants

TRUE? Indoor plants spread germs in hospitals? FALSE! Indoorplants actually clean the air removing impurities, not adding to them! The humble houseplant could contribute to savings to the cost of running hospitals. .

FACT: Plants make you happy! When houseplants are placed in a room, people’s blood pressure becomes significantly lower, and they find tasks less stressful

FACT: Plants take in CO2 and release oxygen. This is important to your health in general and also to your bone health

FACT: Plant-filled rooms contain 60-60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria than rooms without plants

FACT: Plants can reduce dust in a room by a fifth and help reduce toxins in the home

TRUE? Don’t put houseplants in the bedroom as they use up all the air! FALSE! Actually the opposite happens as plants naturally refresh the air by absorbing harmful CO2 and emitting oxygen. The best air purifying indoor plants are Orchids, Bromeliads, and Succulents. These plants conserve their energy during the day and refresh the air predominantly during the night, which means they will purify the air in your bedroom while you sleep!

FACT: For people who sit and work at a computer for more than 4 hours per day, a houseplant nearby has been proven to increase productivity.

FACT: Indoor air pollution, often referred to as indoor air quality (IAQ), contributes to 40% of absenteeism

FACT: Houseplants can reduce symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome by a quarter, and the results have been found to be long-lasting

FACT: Houseplants can improve the health of office workers and attentiveness increases as much as 70% when plants are put in a classroom.

Many companies do not have plants because they think that they are expensive and time-consuming.  But, in reality, plants in your offices actually save you money through increased productivity of your workforce and a reduction in absenteeism. If you are interested in finding out how much it will actually cost you to bring plants into your office space, contact us for a free consultation which will evaluate what you need and the cost involved.  To call to schedule  a consultation, email us at info@interiorofficeplants.com today.

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