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Why Our Fern Friends Matter

June 26, 2019

Ever since the ancient Greeks first brought potted plants into their homes people have been seeing the health benefits of indoor greenery.

I have friends who call them “plant babies”, but whatever you call them, your home plants absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and release oxygen into the environment. You breath it in, and get the full benefits of fresh air.

Plants such as succulents do not do reverse-photosynthesis at night, like some may, so these are especially great to have around. They don’t need sunlight to continue their good work, and are best kept in your bedroom while you sleep. 

Plants also release water, known as transpiration, which can help boost the humidity in your home. In a drier climate like Lethbridge’s, that’s great news. It can reduce dry skin, even dry coughs.

Plants don’t only belong in your home, however. They belong in your workplace. Living plant walls are one way in which offices are boosting oxygen, and possibly productivity. Pro Plant Care (PPC) in Lethbridge is one business that does this in Lethbridge. “Plants just make people happy,” says Lesley Colburn-Swartz, owner of PPC. “Having on plant in a 10’ x 10’ room can remove 87% of the toxins within 24 hours. All plants can do this; they take the toxin through their leaves and filter them into the soil through their roots.” Office plants smell good and help boost creativity and memory, according to a study made in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. (1)

So, whether you’re filling your home or office, or planning a trip to mars, a reminder to bring along your succulent. It can make you smarter, and besides that, they look nice.

A custom preserved Moss Art from Pro Plant Care

1) ‘Benefits of indoor plants on attention capacity in an office setting’ from Journal of Environmental Psychology

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