C1 Information Report

Indoor Plants

Being close to nature is linked to a healthy life but with a growing population and more people being squeezed into cities, it is becoming harder for us to access the benefits that plants provide.

If you live in a place without a huge amount of natural vegetation close by, do not worry! By growing indoor plants at home, you can bring nature closer to you. In fact, keeping indoor plants at home will bring numerous benefits for your whole family.

From cleaning the air, lowering stress levels and getting rid of nasty odours ( like your brother’s smelly socks!), let’s look at some of the ways indoor plants can help us out:

Plants help us breathe
Inhaling brings oxygen into the body, exhaling releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants do the opposite: They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, making plants and people great partners when it comes to gasses. Plants help to increase oxygen levels, and our bodies appreciate that.

Plants help deter illness
Using plants in interior spaces has been associated with decreases in the incidences of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Further research reveals that higher humidity (helped by keeping indoor plants) decreases the survival and transmission of the flu virus.

 

 

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vegetation (n)– plants found in a particular area
photosynthesis (n)– the process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize nutrients from carbon dioxide and water

 

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