In 2018, the Royal Horticultural Society commissioned a study into the benefits of houseplants and found that indoor flowers and shrubs increase the moisture in the air as a result of transpiration, which is when plants lose water through their leaves, and this helps to eliminate dry skin. The higher the transpiration rate of the plant (i.e. the thirstier the plant) and the larger the surface area of the leaf, the better it is for humidity and skin benefits.
In an interview with The Telegraph in October 2018, RHS’s chief horticultural scientist Dr. Tijana Blanusa said, “House plants may be a simple and affordable way to reduce air dryness indoors and alleviate symptoms of dry skin, while providing multiple other benefits for human psyche and physical health.”
“Plants increase the humidity through the natural process of evapo-transpiration – water loss from the soil and plant leaves. Depending on the plant type, size, and condition within a room, plants can lose as much as several hundred ml of water per m2 of leaf area. A plant like peace lily (Spathiphyllum), about 50cm tall and 30cm wide, can transpire 100ml of water and more in a day; that’s an equivalent of a small teacup evaporated in a day.
Additionally, plants capture dust and particles from the indoor air, so again large leaf areas are good to provide this benefit. A number of chemical compounds such as those found in paint and furnishings, as well as gasses emitted in cooking and burning can be removed by houseplants.”
The RHS has also recommended that employers should install plants in the buildings to benefit the health and psychological wellbeing of their employees.
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Spathiphyllum - "Peace Lily"
Ficus elastica - "Rubber Plant"
Dypsis lutescens - Areca Palm (or "Butterfly Palm")
Chlorophytum comosum - "Spider Plant"