How many plants do you have in your home? And do you know the benefits of living with them?
Earlier this month, I went to an event at The Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane in London organised by The Flower Council of Holland. There, I met up with Ian Drummond of Indoor Garden Design. Ian had decked out the spa with houseplants ranging from Christmas cactuses and chrysanthemums to kentia palms and orchids. He explained to me about the health benefits of sharing your space with plants…so much so, that the very next day when I was at Petersham Nurseries, I bought a Maidenhair fern to sit on my desk in my office. Here are some more photos of the plants at the spa…
You may be wondering, what are the benefits? As well as adding a pop of colour to a room, plants have been proved scientifically to have measurable mental and physical benefits.
Prevent Illnesses : Indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30%.
Aid Recovery : 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.
Enhance Mood : Plants make you happy! When houseplants are placed in a room, people’s blood pressure becomes significantly lower and they find tasks less stressful.
Protect Bones : Plants take in CO2 and release oxygen. This is important to your health in general and also to your bone health.
Better Air Quality : Plants can reduce dust in a room by a fifth. And plant-filled rooms contain 50-60% fewer airborne moulds and bacteria than rooms without plants.
Now, writing this blog post has made me realise that I need to buy more plants for our home, especially my office. Apparently, for people who sit and work at a computer for more than four hours a day, it’s been proven that having a plant nearby increases productivity. And people working indoors with plants in their line of vision do tasks 12% faster and are able to concentrate better than people who don’t have plants in the room. So, after the Christmas break, I’ll be visiting our local garden centre…pronto!
I hope today’s blog post has given you some food for thought? How many plants did you say that you have in your home…?
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)