Many of us spend a significant amount of our time around urban areas, whether we're just commuting or are settled in the city, its hard to avoid it. However, research has shown those who live in the city spend a shocking 90% of their time indoors. Despite this alarming statistic, experts from the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) believe that bringing nature indoors could help those who face this issue. A recent review of a scientific study by the RHS found that workers were more productive in an office filled with plants and hospital patients were ability to tolerant pain was increased when greenery was introduced to the ward. This particular study was carried out by Kansas State University in 2008; the scientists found that when patients were treated in a room with a plant, they required less pain relief than those without any foliage.
A major study from the Royal College of Physicians announced in February this year that an estimated 99,000 deaths a year were linked to pollutants found in the air. These harmful toxins are found in common household cleaning products and faulty boilers, leading to a significant drop in the quality of air. However, we are not doomed to poor breathing conditions - according to NASA, as little as three plants in a single room can vastly improve the clarity of the air.
Principal Adviser for the RHS Leigh Hunt stated that provided a plant can survive indoors and is pleasing to the eye, they can offer significant benefits to those around it. ‘We know that plants are calming, but there is also a lot of evidence that they are beneficial to human health.’ Read more about these studies featured in the Daily Mail here
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