Science has proven what we have guessed for a long time. That plants make human beings happier. Having something to tend to and nurture can make people feel like they have more meaning in their life and even a purpose. Even if that just involves being around a plant, there are proven benefits. Indoor plants are good for your health, they’re not just for aesthetics. As you know, they essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air, but also eliminates harmful toxins. Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 per cent of air toxin in 24 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent, reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.
Plants, especially those with broad leaves, will help regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity. Seeing greenery and nature help us feel more relaxed and calm, which in turn benefits our every day mood. Indoor plants, therefore, will only enhance lives and it might not be as difficult of a task as you might have thought for you to have a greener home. In this article we’re going to discuss exactly how to do just that.
Whether you live in a small apartment, or a large house, by introducing certain plants into your home, you will start to notice improvements to your health, and overall happiness. Just as enhancing your mood and creating a living space that is soothing to be in, indoor plants can also help with loneliness and depression: caring for a living thing gives us a purpose and is rewarding — especially when you see that living thing bloom and thrive.
Here are a few ways to green up your home:
1) Setting up terrariums
A terrarium is usually a sealable glass container containing soil and plants, and can be opened for maintenance to access the plants inside. They are not always sealed. Closed terrariums create a unique environment for plant growth, as the transparent walls allow for both heat and light to enter. The sealed container combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small scale water cycle. This happens because moisture from both the soil and plants evaporates in the elevated temperatures inside the terrarium. This water vapour then condenses on the walls of the container, and eventually falls back to the plants and soil below. This contributes to creating an ideal environment for growing these contained indoor plants due to the constant supply of water, thereby preventing the plants from becoming over dry. Terrariums are easy to set up and maintain and makes a nice inclusion in one’s home.
2) Herb Gardens
You can grow herbs in pots or containers on your balcony, deck, in the garden; even indoors. Herbs are both, fun and easy to grow. Growing herbs is so easy to do that, in fact, even kids can grow them. All one would need is soil (preferably in pots) and water. In addition to the obvious purpose of using herbs in your cooking and culinary creations, herbs can be utilized in a myriad of ways to serve a wide variety of purposes. Probably the most common alternative use for herbs, and many would even go as far as to argue that this is its primary function which is its medicinal and healing properties.
3) Flower bulbs
There’s nothing more sprightly than a bold batch of blooms freshening up a room. Hyacinths, daffodils and tulips are wonderfully fragrant and will pep up any space. It is important to note which types of flower bulbs are meant for which seasons however. And remember, many bulbs can be stashed away for the next year long after the petals have dropped.
4) Air Plants
If your space feels cluttered or you prefer a contemporary look, air plants are ideal. They’re like magic in that they don’t need soil to grow. But don’t be fooled by the name; these unique indoor plants cannot survive on air alone. You’ll have to water them two to three times a week and set them in a spot where they can sunbathe.
5) Wheat grass
Wheat grass is relatively low maintenance. Just spray a few times a day with water and keep in low light. Decorate your home by adding little patches of grass—on windowsills, counter tops and desks. Also, you can even grow it without soil. Snip off a few blades and blend it into your morning smoothie for super health benefits.
Succulents are plants that have some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Aloe Vera is the most popular succulent plant in India, with a whole range of uses. Set them on a bookcase or nightstand to add a natural touch. The best part? They don’t hold a grudge if you forget to water them or put them in the sun.
7) Indoor fruit trees
You don’t need a lemon grove in your backyard to enjoy fresh citrus. Dwarf fruit trees allow you to take a walk on the exotic-plant-growing side—indoors. They do require a bit of extra care when it comes to watering and sunlight, but the fruits of your labor will be worth it. And your home will smell like a citrus orchard in Italy.
8) Living walls
If you can’t find horizontal space for indoor plants, go vertical. Set up a gallery wall—for greenery. The living wall gardening method requires a bit of pre-planning, but once you’ve mounted it, you’ll soon realize what an amazing idea it was to do it.
9) Indoor Cacti
These easy indoor plants thrive in natural light and only have to be watered once a week during summer and every three weeks during winter. Instead of buying one big cactus, buy a variety of small ones and plant them together to make a colorful assortment. These look exceptionally great in Terrariums and are safer that way.
Have we missed any of your favourites? The Money Plant, Chinese Bamboo, Holy Basil? Let us know in the comments section below