5 ways indoor plants can change your life and why you should get gardening now

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Sprucing up an indoor area is sometimes as simple as adding a plant or two. They will instantly add colour, life and interest to otherwise drab spaces.

But they don’t just look great, indoor plants also have plenty of health benefits.

1. THEY CLEAN THE AIR

Countless studies have proven plants can help eliminate VOCs (volatile organic compounds), carbon dioxide, benzene and other gases from the air we breathe. Some of these chemicals have been linked to headaches, respiratory illnesses and nausea.

2. THEY CAN MAKE YOU HAPPIER

House plants can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing, making you calmer and more optimistic. Studies have shown that patients who face a garden view in their hospital rooms often recover more quickly than those facing an empty wall.

3. THEY CAN IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP

Studies have shown the vapour from some plants, specifically jasmine and lavender, can lead to a more restful sleep. Keep a lavender or jasmine plant by your bed and the smell will help bring on a state of tranquillity that will help you prepare for a good night’s sleep.

4. THEY CAN HELP KIDS STUDY

A potted plant on a desk or in a home office or study can increase focus and productivity allowing you to accomplish more with less stress. In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture, researchers reported that plants helped workers complete tasks with more focus and efficiency.



5. THEY LOOK GREAT

Got an awkward corner or a bare wall? Try a plant. Hanging planters will look great in alfresco areas, while planter stands will make the most of corner spaces. Vertical garden planters are another great option and will add some texture and colour to even the blandest spaces.

First published Home Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2015

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