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Are succulent plants good for your health?

Are succulent plants good for your health?

Houseplants such as succulents have the advantages. They influence us to think of them as a need, instead of an object of stylistic display.

Succulents assist in better breathing

When we breathe in, we carry oxygen into the body. When we breathe out, we discharges carbon dioxide. Amid photosynthesis, plants do the inverse: they retain carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen. Plants such as succulents, help to expand oxygen levels and our bodies welcome that.

When photosynthesis stops during the evening, most plants switch to ingest oxygen and discharge carbon dioxide. A couple of uncommon plants – like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – flip that content and take in carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen. Use these plants in rooms to keep the oxygen passing during the evening.

Succulents help deter illness

Plant such as succulents roots tap the groundwater table for water. They dissipates through its leaves in a procedure known as transpiration. Studies demonstrate that this records for around 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere! While this may sound unappealing during hot moist months, the results are a gift during drier months. According to Bayer Advanced studies done at the Agricultural University of Norway, using plants in interior spaces decreases the chances of having dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Higher absolute humidity is great for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.

Succulents purify the air

NASA has spent time and efforts to research air quality in sealed environments. NASA also discovered a then-new concept in indoor air quality improvement, in which plants play an important role: “Both plant leaves and roots can remove toxic vapours inside tightly sealed buildings. Plant leaves alone can remove low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.” When talking about the relationship between plants and space travelers, NASA notes that plants, “gives nourishment for the body when eaten as food, and they improve the quality of indoor air. Plants take the carbon dioxide from air to produce oxygen that humans can breathe.”

The top 10 plants for indoor pollutants purifications, according to the agency are: Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii), golden pothos (Scindapsus aures), English ivy (Hedera helix), chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium), gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii), mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’), bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii), azalea (Rhododendron simsii), red-edge dracaena (Dracaena marginata) and spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). 

The NASA researchers recommend one potted plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.

Succulents help in healing

Plants help surgery patients to recover. A study recommends plants such as succulents are “noninvasive, inexpensive, and effective complementary medicine for surgical patients.” Plants are medicine! The study, conducted at Kansas State University, found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery will cause a significant improvement in physiologic responses as proven by reduced systolic blood pressure, and reduced ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue as compared to patients without plants in their rooms.

Horticulture therapy in which patients are tasked to take care of plants such as succulents can shorten recovery time, as noted by Texas A&M University. Patients who have physically interacted with plants reflect a significantly reduced recovery time after medical procedures.

Succulents help in work effectiveness

Many studies prove that studying or working in the presence of plants, can result a pretty dramatic effect. Being around plants improve concentration, memory and productivity. “Under the influence of plants” can improve memory retention up to 20 percent, according to a University of Michigan study.

Two Norwegian studies found that worker productivity is greatly enhanced, by the presence of plants in the office. “Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace help in memory retention and concentration,” notes Texas A&M. “Work performed under the natural influence of plants result in better quality and work is finished with a much higher accuracy rate.”

Tara Joy
A plant lover who loves nature and likes to share gardening tips.
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