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Club Chronicles: Houseplants bring special health benefits

Want your house to be a healthier and happier place? Then add the beauty of houseplants to your décor.

Studies have proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity, reduce stress levels and boost your mood. Here are some other benefits of houseplants.

Being able to see the greenery of plants has a calming effect, lowers blood pressure and makes you feel more relaxed and happier.

Plants around your living space can help reduce the chance of catching colds, having a stuffy nose or experiencing allergies. Plants do this as their foliage increases the humidity and removes airborne dust particles.

Plants have air-cleaning qualities around the home. They collect dust particles, break down harmful substances and reduce carbon dioxide and convert it into oxygen, which improves the quality of the air.

The leaves of plants can absorb background noise, which improves the acoustics in your home, making it a quieter living and workspace.

Air-purifying houseplants create a better air climate in your bedroom and generate more oxygen, which helps you sleep better.

Research shows that plants help to combat depression. Plants ensure a better state of mind and provide positive energy and a sense of happiness.

Plants reduce the risk of headaches. Researchers discovered that plants help remove benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde, a common cause of headaches, is a gas that is used in the production of leather and some carpets that is present in any indoor environment.

Plants have the ability to improve concentration and focus. The presence of plants near your workspace can help your attention span. Simply having a natural, green backdrop in your environment can have a restorative effect.

These houseplants can help make your home or workplace healthier:

  • Spider plants are great for removing formaldehyde from the air in your home.
  • Aloe Vera helps heal wounds and treat skin problems.
  • Lavender improves sleep quality and promotes relaxation.
  • English Ivy removes benzene from the air.
  • Boston Fern humidifies the air.
  • Peace Lily and Snake Plant purify the air.
  • Orchids make good gifts for hospital patients as they reduce pain and anxiety.

Never discount the power of what a simple houseplant can do for your health. It’s worth further research, selecting a plant and taking care of it, especially if it will make a difference in how you feel.