Many people use plants to improve the appearance of their homes. Plants have been shown to reduce stress and noise, and to help us focus on our work. But did you know that houseplants can also improve your health?
By the process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and give out oxygen. Of course, humans need oxygen to breathe. The oxygen given out by plants helps us to breathe more deeply, and stops us from feeling tired. Some plants can also absorb harmful chemicals from the air inside our houses.
Experts suggest placing one plant every nine square meters. The average American home measures 232 square meters, which means it should have around 25 plants. That may sound like a lot, but remember this is an investment in your health!
Some plants produce more oxygen than others. Tropical plants produce the most, because their natural environment is the forest floor. They have adapted to survive even when they can't get much sunlight through the trees above them.
Forest ferns are among the best plants for the home. Not only do they produce oxygen, but they also absorb formaldehyde which can cause cancer. Ferns have no seeds or flowers, but they do have attractive leaves. The most beautiful option is the gerbera daisy, which is known to help people sleep. While most plants produce oxygen during the day, these brightly-colored flowers work right through the night.
Money plants, spider plants, and snake plants (sometimes called "motherin-law's tongue") also make good houseplants. However, the leaves of money plants can be dangerous if eaten by small children or pets, so be careful!