Indoor plants come in many shapes and sizes and some are very attractive(I have always loved the Ivy myself). You may be using them right now to decorate your home. Interior decorating can provide a peaceful atmosphere that even researchers agree are good for people and the buildings they are in. But did you know that there are more health benefits of indoor plants?

Below are seven ways that keeping plants in your home or near your workspace may really help you out. I have included the top plants to give the best benefits.

What are the benefits?

1. They help you breathe

You may remember having heard a little about photosynthesis in school, right? Well, let me refresh your memory for just a moment. This is where plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen(the opposite of us, we breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide). So these little guys can help increase oxygen in the home.  Not only that, but the added oxygen at night will help you sleep better.

With closed windows in the hot summers, isn’t that something we can all benefit from?

Top 5 Plants for increasing oxygen

  1. Areca Palm
  2. Snake Plant
  3. Money Plant
  4. Gerbera Daisy
  5. Chinese Evergreens


2. They purify the air

This one you may or may not be familiar with. According to research done by NASA in 1989, plants play a crucial role in removing toxins in the air. Another study was done in an office also showed that plants may remove 10 percent of the carbon dioxide and three to six plants in the room may remove toxins.

Top plants for removing toxins:

  1. Peace Lily
  2. Rubber Plant
  3. Bamboo Plant
  4. Chinese Evergreens
  5. Broadleaf Lady Palm
  6. Spider Plant
  7. Creeping Spiderturf
  8. Devil’s Ivy
  9. Ficus Tree
  10. Snake Plant
  11. Moth Orchid
  12. Pleomele
  13. Florist’s Daisy
  14. Cornstalk Dracaena
  15. Barberton Daisy
  16. English Ivy


3. They humidify the air

We already talked about the photosynthesis process, but I didn’t mention that during that same process water is released. This humidifies the air, which adds another benefit of decreasing the occurrences of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs according to a study by Bayer Advanced.

Not to mention a study at Washington State University showed that plants reduced 20% of dust. This is also an effective way to prevent or eliminate headaches because you won’t be breathing all the toxins that may be causing them.

Be right back, I have to go to Home Depot for some more houseplants, Lol!

Top plants for humidifying your home:

  1. Areca Palm
  2. Boston Fern
  3. Spider Plant
  4. Peace Lily
  5. Rubber Plant
  6. Chinese Evergreens
  7. Snake Plant
  8. Dracaena Marginata
  9. Bamboo Palm


4. They help reduce stress and improve health

This is pretty much something I think we all have experienced. Being around plants, indoor or out, makes you feel an inner peace. I guess that is why walking in the woods makes you feel less stressed. It is even our instinct to bring flowers to each other when we are in the hospital to make ourselves feel good. According to research at Kansas State, that exact task of adding some simple plants next to patients after surgery actually helps speeds up recovery.

When you are less stress, things like your blood pressure levels can be lower.

Top plants to de-stress your home:

  1. Palms
  2. Gerbera Daisy
  3. Boston Fern
  4. Rubber Plants
  5. Peace Lily
  6. Red-Edged Dracaena
  7. Philodendron
  8. Spider Plants
  9. Aloe Vera
  10. Mums and Tulips
  11. Golden Pothos
  12. Snake Plants
  13. Janet Craigs
  14. Corn Plants

5. They help you focus

Boy, I tell you, I said boy I tell you. I could sure use a plant right next to me right now. Many different studies have shown that not only students but people in office who work around natures little bundles of joys, had increased memory, productivity, and creativity.

Not to mentions, a study from the University of Michigan showed by simply going outside or “being under the influence of plants”you could increase memory retention by up to twenty percent.


6. They can enhance your mood

Empathy, the ability to share others feelings is something we would want all out children to have, right? Did you know that according to Texas Agriculture & Medicine University, people who care for nature are able to better care for others? Yep!

Taking care of your indoor plants can increase your mood which will allow for better relationships and more compassion towards others.

I don’t know about you but I sure wish I listened to my mom and added more plants in my home.


7. They can prevent allergies

Just in the same way a flu shot exposes you to the flu, exposing your children to allergens such as plants early in life can help them build a tolerance. A natural way to help with allergies, that is really neat!


8. They can provide treatment

Some indoor plants like aloe can be used as a topical treatment for the skin for pain relief(arthritis pain such as back, knee and joint).

How many plants do I use?

NASA study suggested that there be a 6 inch (15.2 cm) plant for each 100 square feet of interior space. To purify air, use 15 to 18 plants in 6- to 8-inch diameter pots for a 1,800-square-foot house. That’s roughly one larger plant every 100 square feet. Achieve similar results with two smaller plants (4- to 5-inch pots).

All plants require the basic things; food, water, and sunlight. but every plant requires different amounts of each, so be sure to read always instructions. Make sure you choose plants that will be able to survive in the amount of light you provide for them. Also, it is best to get plants that work best for your area and climate. Ask a local gardener if you need help.


In Conclusion

Research shows that there are many benefits to having indoor plants in your home and workspace. From less stress to improved memory, having indoor plants is a great natural benefit to your health. Not to mention caring for your plants will improve relationships and give you an opportunity to teach your children to do the same.

The risk for allergies to indoor plants is low for most people, however, please take precautions. When I was a child I played with one of my mom’s favorite plants and got a bad rash. It is important that you get educated on which plants may be harmful to you, your pets, or your children. Consult with your doctor about which indoor plants are a safe choice if you have a history of allergies.

Do you have a favorite indoor plant that gives you an inner peace? Please share your story, I would love to hear about it. Any feedback is always welcome. 🙂


10 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Indoor Plants – 7 Benefits You Probably Weren’t Aware Of”

  1. Thank you for the information on houseplants. I knew being in nature was great for stress reduction but didn’t realize that plants in your home could have such an impact. Also appreciate the list of plants, it’s so helpful to know what to buy, I live in the desert so really interested in the ones that help humidify the air.

    1. I too live in the desert, that is neat, so I understand that dilemma. I am glad you found the list useful and I hope you find what you need. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I love indoor plants, for many of the reasons you discuss. Although, there was a time, when I was a kid, my mom used to make me dust all the plants in the house. We had a ton of plants with big leaves, and I really didn’t like doing that. As an adult though, I love indoor plants. They can really change the dynamic of a room. They can soften a room, or draw your attention to an area. I love the health benefits you mention as well. I did not think about the fact that indoor plants can be a help for allergies, so that is good to know. Thanks for this very informative post. I will be sure to check back soon.

    1. Haha how cute! I remember helping my mom wash her big houseplant and she would use this mayonnaise water mixture, and that plant was like 7 feet tall. I love the allergy benefit too. Thank you for reading my post and sharing your awesome story, it is neat to hear the different ways houseplants have affected people. 

  3. I have always had houseplants, with the spider, umbrella, arrowhead plant and peace lily. I love just relaxing and looking at them in winter when I cannot get outside to walk because of bad weather.
    These plants are the ones that I can consistently grow successfully, but for some reason, I cannot get my peace lily to flower…do you have any tips for me?

    1. Hi Irma,
      I see a lot of people find peace it relaxing to stare at their indoor plants especially like you say during colder months. As far as getting it to bloom, suggest making sure you give it the right cultivation. They say “Try feeding your plant a balanced houseplant fertilizer every 2 to 3 months.”

      Read more at Gardening Know How: Peace Lily Not Blooming: Reasons A Peace Lily Never Flowers

      I hope this helps and thank you for reading and sharing your experience!

  4. This is fantastic! Way to make me want to jump in the car and head to my local greenhouse! I am almost embarrassed to say that I only have ONE indoor house plant, and I’ve had him (His name is Henry, as if you’re interested lol) for over ten years. I don’t even know what kind he is!! I’ve been making some healthy changes in my life (mindfulness, diet, career change, etc) and this definitely goes hand-in-hand with changes I’m wanting to make. I’m going to bookmark this page so that I have an idea of plants I should be looking into! I do have a dog, so that’s my main concern is not getting anything that he may want to randomly chew on that may be toxic for him. Great article and extremely helpful for someone like me — not much of a green thumb!

    1. Don’t be embarrassed, if it weren’t for my mom I would have no plants. Haha, Henry, that is cute, why Henry, may I ask? Yes definitely make sure you look out for dog-friendly plants. Good luck! Thanks for reading and leaving a great comment!!!:)

  5. I love plants. I was feeling a bit depressed in the office, as it a huge open space with windows far away. So couple weeks ago, I decided to get a small green plant that sits on my desk. Now I can at least rest my eyes, or look at something nice. And immediately it calms me down…

    1. Hi Robert,
      That is so cool. Just that little bit of nature can have a big effect on your body. I love it! Just imagine if there were more surrounding you. Thanks for the comment!!!

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