Your home is your sacred space — it’s where you relax, sleep, eat, and entertain. You may take great pride in keeping your home clean and organized, but even so, you may be surprised to learn it’s full of environmental toxins.
Airborne toxins and chemicals from cleaning products, furniture, paint, and building materials, such as benzene and formaldehyde, can get trapped in your home. Such toxins can wreak havoc on our respiratory system, and even enter the bloodstream as free radicals, which speed the aging process and increase risk of disease.
In addition, mold and bacteria can easily grow and cause a range of health conditions. This risk doubles in the winter months, when you’re keeping your windows and doors tightly shut.
Fortunately, Mother Nature provides us with a natural and beautiful solution: air purifying plants!
If you’re looking to bring plants into your home, consider Well Within Beauty’s recommendations for plants that promote clean air and overall health:
Touted for removing toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, bamboo plants are also natural humidifiers. As an added bonus, they can grow quite tall (nearly 12 feet), adding a gorgeous pop of green to any space.
Transfer bamboo plants to a pot (with drainage holes) that is 2 inches larger than its nursery pot, so it has room to grow. Leave in indirect sunlight and water with filtered water when the soil feels dry.
These verdant plants remove airborne toxins like formaldehyde and xylene. Boston ferns are another of nature’s best humidifiers.
However, such plants need to stay moist to work their humidifying magic, so regular watering and misting are required.
Aloe vera clears the air of benzene and formaldehyde. In addition to its benefits as an air purifying plant, aloe vera contains a gel inside its leaves that is commonly used to treat burns and wounds.
Aloe plants thrive in dry conditions. Therefore, it’s best to keep your aloe plant in a pot with holes so water can drain out. Allow the soil to dry between watering and store in a window with bright light.
With a spooky name but a stunning appearance and excellent air purifying abilities, spider plants can help clear benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and carbon monoxide from your space.
If you don’t have much of a green thumb, these durable and adaptable plants may be a good choice for you, as they are easy to maintain and regrow. Spider plants prefer drier soil so bi-weekly watering and indirect sunlight should keep them vibrant and happy.
Before filling your home with lush, air purifying plants, there are a few things to consider:
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