5 benefits of houseplants – amazing ways they make you feel good

Beautiful and potent stress busters, the benefits of houseplants are truly impressive. Here are 5 ways they can help energize your day and your wellbeing

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So not only to they bring life to all types of indoor space, but there are some truly exciting hidden benefits of houseplants to enjoy also.

At Real Homes we are, naturally, always on the lookout for ways that we can make our living space and surroundings at home, even more beautiful, comfortable and wonderful. And, in recent times, house plants have been a big help in maintaining our sanity at home, so we wanted to take a look at just how helpful these beautiful green additions to our homes can be.

From helping you sleep better sleep – to increasing productivity levels, alleviating headaches and more – whether you live in a big city, or in the countryside (lucky) – house plants could be the answer to a more zen you, even in the current climate. 

Keep scrolling to see five ways that indoor plants could perk up your life to boost both your physical and mental wellbeing. 

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1. House plants reduce background noise

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This is a winner for anyone working from home right now as there's nothing more intrusive, when you're trying to concentrate, than the sound of roadworks, noisy passersby, and the likes filtering into your home office space. Thankfully, noise reduction is one of the great benefits of houseplants and so a Monstera deliciosa or another of your favorite house plants could offer a sound solution.

How do house plants do it?

Large indoor plants have a bigger surface area, which allows them to effectively absorb sound. Create your veritable indoor garden around your room's perimeter so that the sound can bounce from the walls into the leaves (what an image), and you should find that your space is far more tranquil.

You can find the best indoor plants – big, small, fragrant and more – in our guide.

2. House plants improve air quality

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The air quality around you largely depends on where you live, but, if you still need to use public transport, drive a car or walk around city streets – with or without a face mask – it's worth making efforts to purify the air in your home. This will help ease your exposure to harmful chemicals which can have a detrimental effect to overall health and wellbeing.

How do house plants do it?

Air purifying house plants work by turning carbon dioxide present in the air around you, into oxygen, while they can also naturally sweep up dust particles and increase humidity levels. The combination of these is a good one, especially for allergy sufferers as symptoms such as itching eyes, fatigue and coughing will be relieved. 

3. House plants increase productivity levels

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Procrastinate much? Working from home is no easy feat, but add a little greenery and you may find yourself knuckling down with a little more focus. 

"A research study conducted at Exeter University found out that indoor plants can improve concentration, productivity and staff well-being by 47%."*

How do house plants do it?

The CO2 levels we are exposed to indoors, make it harder to concentrate. And, so the fact that indoor plants are air purifying, means that they can balance out the levels of CO2 in our bodies, helping us find more clarity and concentration.

4. House plants help you sleep better

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Could this statement be any dreamier? House plants are snazzy bedroom additions in their own right, but the benefits of houseplants on your sleep is something we love.

How do house plants do it? 

It is again all in their air purifying qualities. By ridding the air of nasties and filling up your surroundings with fresh oxygen, you'll breathe better. And as the color green is naturally soothing too – helping to relieve stress and anxiety – it's the perfect combination to help lull you into the perfect slumber.

For gorgeous bedroom ideas we can help.

5. House plants fend off headaches

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What with every day stresses and anxieties creeping in, headaches happen. Bringing more greenery indoors can help.

How to house plants do it?

"Research has revealed that plants can help to remove benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is a gas that is used in the production of leather and wood products, which is why its present in many indoor environments, it is a common cause of headaches due to the strong odours."*

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