Health & lifestyle benefits of plants

Discover the benefits of plants for your health and lifestyle.

You may not realise that when you embellish your home with plants it enhances more than just the appearance of your interior. Plants interact with your body, mind and home generating many health and lifestyle benefits, continue reading the Appleyard blog post to find out how or browse our new plants range to find the plant for you!

Breathing Easier

That's right, plants can improve our breathing! Plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, the very thing that we need to survive.  Plants improve air quality due to their opposite pattern of gas use to humans, making us natural partners. Therefore, when we have plants in our home the oxygen levels increase!

At night the pattern changes, photosynthesis ceases and plants typically respire like us, releasing carbon dioxide and taking in oxygen. However, there are a few plants that do just the opposite such as orchids and succulents, this means that they refresh the air throughout the night making them the perfect addition to your bedroom! Take a look at our fabulous Orchids and potted Succulents.

Increase Humidity

Plants release roughly 97 percent of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay. Studies show that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. This makes plants a perfect natural remedy.

Purifying Air

Plants remove toxins from air, cleansing up to 87% of volatile organic compounds every 24 hours (according to NASA research). Many of these substances are present in common households items like rugs, cigarette smoke and grocery bags.

Plants can also remove toxins from inks, solvents and paint. These toxins are commonly found in study settings, where there's a high volume of books and printed materials. We think that your office is in need of a rose plant or two don't you?

Improving Health

Research has also found that adding plants to hospital rooms speeds up recovery rates of surgical patients. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are discharged from the hospital sooner. Have you got a loved one in hospital? A plant clearly makes for not only a beautiful get well soon gift, but a beneficial one too.

Plants have also proven to provide benefits in the workplace and classroom. They have been shown to decrease fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. Further studies show that workplace sickness rates fell by more than 60% in offices with plants. Make the most of your workforce and jazz the office up with a few plants.

If you are interested in buying yourself or a loved one a plant, take a look at our plants range, Appleyard plants are all available across the UK with next day delivery. We also have hampers, and beautiful bouquets available if a plant isn't the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one.

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