Many people appreciate the natural beauty of having live plants inside the home or office. But plants have more to offer than just looks. They also have a wide range of benefits. The good news is, there are many indoor plants that are super easy to take care of. Some don't require much watering or sunlight. This makes it a breeze to care for even if you don't have a green thumb. So what ways could you benefit by adding a little green to the scene? And what are some plants you could choose if you've worked with any before? Well let's get right to it.
Caption: One of my cute little succulents with soil and decorative rocks.
As humans, oxygen is essential to life because we need it to breathe. Trees are one of the biggest producers of this important element. In fact, the Amazon rain forest which is home to some of the most diverse tree and plant population, has earned the name "the Lungs of the Earth" because it produces about 20% of the earth's oxygen supply. Needless to say, without any plants to produce our air, life as we know it would cease to exist. So of course one obvious benefit to having plants indoors is that you have your own personal clean oxygen source that is quiet and easy to maintain. But here are some other amazing benefits:
- Aids in restful sleep
- Aids in stress relief
- Fills room with natural aroma
- Good for natural remedies (Ex. Aloe Vera)
- Improves mental health
- Natural Humidifier
- Purifies the air
- Reduce CO2 levels
- Reduces airborne dust
This list is just a glimpse of the benefits of having indoor plants. There are many plants that can be grown indoors for food. Some people like to grow herbs such as basil, cilantro, and rosemary to add fresh seasoning their meals. Others prefer to grow chamomile, lavender, and mint to make teas and natural remedies. Some plants are natural bug repellents such as lemongrass and citronella. Aloe Vera has a many great benefits for the body inside and out. It can be used on hair and skin as a useful moisturizer. It also has a cooling effect that can soothe cuts and burns. So this just goes to show that plants are a wonderful addition to any home for a variety of reasons. One great line of indoor plants that I recently purchased myself are succulents and cacti.
Caption: Mystery cactus species that I picked up from Walmart (if you know what kind of cactus this is, please let me know in the comments. Thx ^.^ )
Why did I choose those types of plants? For starters, just imagine a desert. Deserts are hot, dry, stretches of land that don't see water very often. While the majority of the land is a sandy brown, there are still some green plants that have managed to survive despite the harsh climate. So I figured, if Saharan-like conditions don't kill these plants, surely I have a shot at keeping them alive! I did some research and found out that succulents and cacti are excellent indoor plants. The reason being they don't need a lot of sunlight or rain. This was a win-win for me. Succulents are great for decoration and they have the same benefits as many other plants. I purchased a set of 6 succulent and cacti plants for around $10 at Walmart. I also got some decorative rocks and glass containers for about $7. The way I see it, the tag may be cheap, but the benefits are priceless.
Caption: Another one :p
There are many other plants that I didn't mention that you can add to your home. Please feel free to let me know what types of indoor plants and herbs you love in the comment section below! In the meantime, happy planting!