- They fight chemincals released by air fresheners and scented candles. BBC Two’s Trust Me I’m A Doctorrecently revealed that many plants absorb particularly nasty chemicals, including formaldehyde, which is a known human carcinogen. Ivy is apparently a good all-round absorber, while geraniums, lavender and many ferns are particularly good at absorbing formaldehyde.
- They help us breathe easily. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, and NASA has shown that plants improve the quality of indoor air.
- They help deter illness. According to studies at the Agricultural University of Norway using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Plants can also help to reduce headaches because they help eliminate stuffy air; homes with many indoor plants can even help reduce high blood pressure.
- They boost healing. Studies have shown that looking after plants can actually decrease your healing time. Texas A&M University tasked patients with taking care of plants, and those who physically interacted with plants experienced a significantly reduced recovery time after medical procedures.
- They improve your memory. A number of studies show that working in the presence of plants improves your concentration, productivity and memory. Being 'under the influence of plants' can increase memory retention up to 20 per cent, according to a University of Michigan study.
- They make you more cheerful and productive. Scientists have proven that workers with greenery on their desks rate themselves more cheerful and productive, so if you've got a job to get done, make sure you have a potted plant in view.
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