Indoor Plants: Health Benefits For Apartment Dwellers & High Rise Residents
A study finds that high-rise building occupants has doubled since 1991 to 2011 and is in a continuous uptrend ever since in Australia. These occupants have the disadvantage of not living close to nature. It is important to have indoor plants in buildings for health reasons which are beneficial to the environment as well.
Exposure to nature alleviates stress
People living in the Urban jungle responds to stress differently from people residing close to nature. Residents close to greeneries could cope up easily when it comes to handling stress. High rise residents react to stress negatively and affect the way they process anxiety. This behavior happens without indoor plants.
Bonding with nature exposes the human anatomy to different strains of bacteria and therefore increase the immunity the body has. Detachment from our natural environment decreases the fighting chance of diverse bacteria exposed to urban dwellers which attribute to the rise of chronic diseases of inhabitants in the city. Humans need a diverse arsenal of microbiota to fight off inflammation effectively which is present in indoor plants.
Being surrounded by plants and nature helps people deal with stress and anxiety in a calm manner. Perhaps, dealing negatively with stress is due to constant exposure to different pollutants in the concrete environment and the absence of indoor plants. Lack of oxygen and the soothing effects of plant life, much needed exercise, heat, and a walk in the park is absent in the urban areas of society, reports Domain, Australia.
Indoor plants as a necessity in high-rise condos for health
Having plants indoors improve the quality of the air we breathe. Plants exhale oxygen which animals and humans breath in. Without plants, carbon dioxide toxifies the air inside rooms blurring the human senses that result in illnesses.
The presence of indoor plants increases the microbiota of anti allergens present in the body. Not only that plants considerably improves air quality, it also functions as a distresser when viewing it. Involvement with plants creates the positive aura that rejuvenates people's dispositions.
The Japanese call this Shinrin-Yoku or Nature Therapy, being close to nature lowers the blood pressure and eases stress; in effect, boosts mental well being and optimizes activities of the brain, muscles, and the heart, a claim established by scientists in their study of the human brain, reports The Conversation.
Plants experts recommend what species are good to bring indoors. One of them is the Peace Lily in the hallway as it reduces toxins like benzene, ammonia, acetone, and ethyl. It prevents the contamination to the rest of the rooms. Aloe Vera and Mother-in-law's tongue, emits oxygen and ideally is in the bedroom, improves sleep quality. Gerbera Daisy in the laundry area where it can detoxify the presence of benzene and formaldehyde commonly present in laundry detergents.
In Toronto, Canada, it is now a law that building owners should provide the leasees of condos and apartments with a rooftop greenery. Green roofs provide energy savings and a refuge for tenants that are away from the positive energy of nature.