I am pleased to feature a guest post today as part of my Friday Health and Wellness series. Jakob Barry is a home improvement journalist. He writes about eco-friendly and environmental topics related to house remodeling. Today Jakob shares some great information about the importance of houseplants. Enjoy!
Plants are good to have around the home year round but when winter sets in they suddenly become crucial components to our existence.
Think about it. During winter most of us rarely get a chance to spend quality time outside enjoying nature because the weather is inhospitable and we'd rather be in a toasty room with a blanket and cup of tea.
That's where plants come in. They not only bring a little bit of the great outdoors inside but their mere presence positively affects the home. What do I mean? Consider the following:
Plants purify air
It's an annual occurrence that during the winter months when windows aren't opened for long periods of time homes quickly become stuffy enclaves where air turns stale because of little or no ventilation.
In some instances it may be a simple case of dust, mold, or mildew build up that causes soar throats, stuffy noses, and itchy eyes. Elsewhere fumes from chemicals in building supplies or new furnishings like carpets are polluters contributing to common respiratory problems in both children and adults.
Even in California where Green legislation is high on the agenda contractors will attest to the fact most people don't realize how unsafe some of their indoor air can be.
Plants, however, can make a difference.
In recent years studies have shown various kinds like spider plants and English Ivy actually purify air by absorbing toxins. How do they do this? The secret is based in their tropical origins where living in low lying areas underneath taller vegetation forces plants to be extremely efficient when capturing light and converting gases related to photosynthesis.
Because the conversion process takes such effort it makes these species particularly good candidates for pulling contaminants out of the air as well. Although plants may not be knowingly distinguishing between good and bad particles they are doing people a great service so it's worth having them around.
Wellness through fragrance
A second thought is wellness through fragrance. Smell is an amazing sense in that it can help influence moods during monotonous times like the howling of winter. It can awaken us, energize us, clear our sinuses when we are sick, make us feel lighter when we are feeling heavy, and calm us when stressed.
Very often it only takes something as simple as herbs like mint, rosemary, and basil or plants with flowers whose scents aren't too imposing to do the trick.
Just keep in mind that while there are many positives to plants with fragrances some may cause allergic reactions in people with certain sensitivities so if you fall into this category do your research before placing them around the house.
Meanwhile, décor is a third reason why adding plants to the home during winter is beneficial. The cold season includes little sun and a particular dreariness that has much to be desired. It's not as if there isn't any beauty to snow and ice and cloud covered skies yet despite it being one the most spectacular seasons visually most days are often quite subdued.
That's where houseplants come to the rescue.
Their shades of green mixed with a little brown have an ability to transform boring interiors into spaces with character and life. This is especially true when plants begin to blossom as flowers, a sign of reproduction, hint towards a brighter future while adding to the décor. They are excited that spring is around the corner and want you to look forward to it as well.
That being the case enjoy your houseplants and all that they can do for your home and family during the winter months. Take good care of them and they will return the favor in more ways than one.