Living with plants

Living with plants
Plants are among the primary suppliers of human living and wellbeing. Since ancient period, plants are grown in the form of agriculture to produce food; later, with the development of civilisation, plants are also grown in the form of gardens around the living systems. Nowadays, plants are grown inside the houses too. Such house plants do more favour for humans and make our living smooth in a dynamic way by including more oxygen supply, increasing humidity, removing toxins and various healing parameters. Plants involve in the photosynthetic process with which they absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen and thereby, increase our interior oxygen level during the day time and paves better environment for living inside.

Most of the plants respire during night and release carbon dioxide in the same way as we do. However, certain plants which perform photosynthesis using CAM pathway release oxygen at night (e.g. most of the epiphytes including orchids). These plants can be a better option to be placed in the sleeping places for a better supply of oxygen and to keep away the respiratory distress.

In addition to oxygen supply, plants release moisture vapours round the clock and increase the humidity of our living environment, and also remove toxins (volatile organic compounds) from our atmosphere. Currently, various researches are being conducted on healing, learning, working and industrial centres around the world, and many surprising benefits of interior plants are being observed. This include lowering of heart rates, blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, increasing alertness etc.

With this improving knowledge, the scope of plants to live along with us inside our homes is prominently increasing.
How to cite this article:
Selvakumar Krishnamoorthy. Living with plants. BioLim O-Media. 20 , 1-25. 1(8).
Available from: http://archive.biolim.org/omedia/read/BOMA0048.