Enhancing Wellness with Interior Plants

Plants have an amazing qualities; they clean the air and sooth the spirit.

In a video on enhancing wellness with interior plants, Gerard Van Grinsven, President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, explains how his hospital utilizes the beneficial properties of living plants.

Atrium as Healer

The two atriums at Henry Ford Hospital, with approximately 2,500 live plants, were built to serve as restorative areas. All 300 patient rooms have a view of nature overlooking either the indoor atriums or the exterior woodlands around the hospital.

The atriums are maintained under the supervision of senior horticultural specialists.

Photosynthesis, Transpiration, and Microbial Action

"It has to be real live plants; if you work with fake plants it's very difficult to really stay faithful to your vision in creating a community center for wellbeing." says Van Grinsven.

Indoor plants clean the air in several ways:

  • Photosynthesis in plants produces oxygen and purifies air.
  • Transpiration circulates air and pulls airborne toxins into the leaves and roots of the plants.
  • Microbes in plant roots biodegrade the pollutants.

Indoor plants: Working with Nature

NASA studies found that not only do plants clean the air, but that their action accelerates as the volume of airborne toxins increases.

Common indoor plant varieties like the Peace Lily, Ficus and Boston Fern have excellent toxin absorption rates and are good choices for increasing "the wellness quotient”, as well as:

  • Bamboo Palm – Chamaedorea Seifritzii
  • Chinese Evergreen - Aglaonema Modestum
  • Corn Plant - Dracaena Massangeana

In short, bringing plants indoors is bringing nature indoors. The greenery, the clean air, the living beauty - all play a role in contributing to well being.