How do you feel when you’re in a room with an abundance of plants? Happier? More energized? Does the air feel cleaner? You aren’t just imagining these feelings! Plants greatly improve your indoor environment, and that’s why this week’s Be Better Challenge is to bring a plant into your home!
Adding plants indoors can increase oxygen levels. Some plants like the Gerbera daisy can promote deep sleep by giving off oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide at night when most plants do not. Plants are natural humidifiers and can help to decrease instances of dry skin, colds, sore throats, fatigue, headaches, and coughs.
NASA has done extensive research on plants and their impact on indoor air quality. They have found that “low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.” Not only are plants aesthetically pleasing, but also plant leaves alone can reduce air pollution from chemicals omnipresent in our homes.
It’s really as simple as getting a plant! The best plants for indoor use include the Spider plant, Dragon tree, Gerbera daisy, Snake plant, Peace lily, Philodendron, English ivy, and Boston fern; however, don’t feel tied to buying one of these suggested plants. If you’re feeling called to succulents or air plants (typically easier to care for and great for those who don’t consider themselves to have green thumbs), then that’s what you should get. Share a picture of your new plant with the Be Better community by posting and using the hashtag #bebetter52!
We encourage you to read this eye opening article from NASA written in 1988 regarding the benefits of indoor plants.