The focus on clean food and clean water haven’t been as clear as it is now in many years, but it seems as if the importance of clean air has lagged behind. Luckily, obtaining cleaner air for your home, apartment or condo is fairly simple with the aid of a wide array of houseplants that require only a little bit of attention each week.
The winter months are especially important for keeping plants, as we spend more time indoors without the windows open in most cases.
Much like fruits and vegetables as well as various herbs have their own specific uses for detoxifying your body and healing different ailments, different houseplants have their own specific functions for snagging toxins out of the air and purifying them.
Indoor air may be as much as 100 times more polluted than outdoor air due to the various sources of noxious gases in your home such as computers, insulation, flooring, gas stoves and much more.
With so many plants out there that are easy to maintain for a relatively low prices, there’s no excuse not to have a couple in your house.
So, which ones are the best for your specific situation? Read on to find out.
Houseplants and the Chemicals They Help to Purify
Whether you’ve got high technology items like flat screen TVs and computers in your house or not, chances are there are gases lurking that could potentially become irritants and/or a drain on your health.
Among the most common gases in the average house to watch out for is formaldehyde, which is found in virtually all houses old or new.
Formaldehyde comes from kerosene, natural gas, pressed wood products that become furniture for the home or office, carpeting, and much more. It irritates the membranes of the eyes, nose, and throat and is linked to a rare type of lung cancer as well.
Luckily, there are many plants that are considered to be effective against it: Azaleas, Aloe Vera, Poinsettias, Date Palms, Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, Snake Plants, and Spider Plants are among those you could try if you feel that formaldehyde may be a problem.
Among those, Aloe Vera might be the best considering it can also be used as a first aid treatment for cuts and other wounds, and it’s fairly easy to take care of, thriving with little water and sunlight.
Spider and Snake Plants are also fairly easy to take care of, with Snake Plants only needing water when the soil is quite dry, and a misting once a week. Spider plants are to be treated with mist daily and the soil should be slightly moist.
For Benzene, which is given off by many computers as well as paints plastics, rubber and more, there are also many options. It’s important to minimize the impact of this gas because it can causes various side effects including anemia, headaches, loss of appetite and more. The presence of this gas also underscores the importance of taking computer breaks.
For support in purifying the air near a computer or other benzene sources, the following plants are recommended: African Daisy, Chrysanthemums, Bamboo Palms, Dracaena Janet Craigs, Dragon Plants, and Snake Plants among others.
Snake Plants are again a top pick for those who want something easy to maintain, as are Dragon Plants which don’t need much watering but do need misting when brown leaves or spots emerge.
Trichloroethylene is another gas to watch out for, present in paints, varnishes and more, but with solutions readily available. It is considered a potent liver carcinogen so be sure to look into buying the following plants: The Dragon Plant, Dracaena Janet Craig, English Ivy, and Pothos.
For carbon monoxide, one of the most daunting toxins of all for home living, the Snake Plant is preferred, especially considering results from a landmark NASA study showing its effectiveness.
That makes the Snake Plant my number one choice for air purification but really, you can’t go wrong with any of the plants on this list, if you take care of them properly, that is. Don’t forget that clean air is a big part of any healthy lifestyle, and keeping plants is one of the best ways to make that a reality for your household.
Sources: English Gardens Plant Guide
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