It may seem like a contradiction, but the fact is that with many people living in large centers, it is common to see pictures of houses with many plants in every room – and even in the room. The concept even has a name, the urban forest, but it is nothing more than people crazy about plants living in a stone jungle. Did anyone there identify themselves?
Perhaps this is a strategy to get away from the concrete of the city a little and connect a little more with nature. However, the first thing that comes to mind is someone’s voice saying “be careful, it’s bad to have so much plant in the room, it can even be short of breath”. But can this really happen? We researched, we went deep and we brought the truth for you. Read on!
THE TRUTH ABOUT HAVING A PLANT IN THE ROOM!
The plants, just like us, breathe and return carbon dioxide to the environment. However, there are some facts to demystify the case: (1) plants perform photosynthesis and produce oxygen when they receive sunlight during the day; 2) at night they breathe like us, but use good afternoon the oxygen they have produced; and (3) the amount of oxygen consumed by a plant is almost negligible close to what we, pets or other people who sleep in the same environment consume.
That is, to say that it is bad to have plants in the room or to sleep near plants, it’s a lie! They will not steal oxygen or produce any toxic gas. You only need to be careful with flowers that may give off a smell that you don’t like or are allergic to, or with thorns that can hurt, if they are too close to the bed.
BUT DOES IT HAVE BENEFITS?
YES! Having plants in the bedroom can bring many health benefits, besides making everything more beautiful. Plants purify impurities from the air, eliminating possible toxins that may exist due to the pollution of the city, furniture etc. Also, depending on the species, they can increase the humidity of the air and make the climate more pleasant.
And if you are happy to see the different types of foliage and flowers, of course this is very good for your welfare and mental health. Not to mention that caring for plants is also a great exercise in meditation and the search for calm and contact with nature.
WHAT PLANTS CAN I HAVE IN THE ROOM?
Still, not all plants are recommended to have in the room. We need to think about two aspects: what plants would like (rooms are generally more closed than other environments, with less sunlight) and what can be even more beneficial for us (some plants purify the air more and / or let more pleasant air humidity, eliminate mold etc.).
We separate 5 plant tips, some recommended by NASA, as air purifiers. It is important to remember that before buying a plant it is always good to research each one individually or ask someone who understands about ideal light, watering and other care – how to be toxic or not to children or pets if ingested.
This is one of the most recommended when it comes to air cleaning. It is small and can be used in a wider pot or as a hanging plant. The chlorophyte that has white leaves inside needs a lot of sun; the other, which has green leaves inside, likes indirect light (half-shade).
The name itself says that it is a plant that can bring a lot of peace for the environment. In addition, flowers can greatly increase the humidity of the air and eliminate possible fungi, molds. It is great for those who have rhinitis and other allergies. It is an excellent option for the bedroom, as it likes warm places, but without direct sunlight on the leaves.
AN slug, or aloe vera, is super known in cosmetics and home treatments for skin and hair. That in itself is a great reason to have one around, do you agree? In addition, it also improves air quality and helps in a more peaceful night’s sleep. She needs direct sunlight to develop well, so leave it near the window.
LAVENDER OR LAVENDER
In addition to air purifying plants, we have the lavender which, with its delicious aroma, is great for reducing anxiety and stress. Great option for those who need to sleep better and more peacefully. Prefer to leave it very close to the window, after all, the plant needs direct sunlight during most of the day.
And to finish our list, we could not fail to talk about the ivy! It is a hanging plant, with excellent propagation and that helps a lot in air purification and mold elimination. It can be near the window, with plenty of sun, or in half shade. Because it is bigger, it also makes the decoration much more interesting 😉
These were just a few ideas to start, but there are several other possibilities: boa constrictor, Saint George’s sword, gardenia, bamboo palm… Comment here which one you like the most!