Let Your Plants Clean For You
Apr 29, 2021
I will never forget being in Utah and all I could think about was how clear and clean the air was. No smog and it was like a breath of fresh air. Energizing and I honestly felt healthier.
Compared to fire season in California. When the air quality is bad it is hard to breath. Headaches and fatigue can quickly set.
I know these are extreme examples, but I am sure you too have experienced good clean air vs polluted air and the difference it has.
I want to highlight these because I find it so easy to not even think about the air quality in our homes that we are breathing in every single day. It may not be like fire season, but chronically breathing in low quality air can take its toll on our energy, mind, and overall health.
Clean air is a simple way to naturally boost energy levels.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “the air inside the average home is up to 5x more polluted than the air outside”
Indoor plants will make you feel so much better mentally and physically.
Air purifying plants can filter out harmful toxins and clean the air in your home.
Since plants take up carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air it boost the oxygen levels in your home. As a result you your body will be less fatigued and healthier.
Interesting studies, NASA found that house plants can remove up to 87% of air toxin in 24 hours.
Want to improving your concentration and productivity?
Studies show that indoor plants reduce stress levels, improve concentration and productivity by 15%, and are a MOOD BOOSTER.
Symptoms such as allergies, asthma, headaches, and coughs can be triggered by dry air caused by stale, dry, toxic air from our heating and air conditioning, paints and computers, synthetic furniture, and products.
Most of these plants filter: benzene (found in glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents), xylene (household sprays + products), ammonia (aerosols + sprays used in homes) , formaldehyde (disinfectants + preservatives in products), trichloroethylene (home renovations).
Air Purifying Plants
1. Spider Plant - my go to because they are hard to kill and super low maintenance (filters benzene, xylene)
2. Peace Lilly - Is a good plant for your bedroom. Lives well in dark places. Reduces the levels of mold spores that grow in the home and increases the humidity by up to 5%. (filters: benzene, xylene, ammonia, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene
3. Snake plant - Great defense against airborne allergies. (filters: Benzene, xylene, formaldehyde, benzene, tricholorethylene)
4. Dracaena Marginata - Great to have if you use hairspray or furniture polish. (Filters formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and carbon dioxide)
5. English Ivy - Filters fecal matter from the air. Great to have for mamas changing diapers.
6. Areca Palm - Areca palm plants help in absorbing indoor air pollutants like acetone, xylene, and toluene which emits from petroleum products and paints, and wooden furniture.
7. Fiddle-Leaf Figs - The large leaves make for great air purifiers and even more oxygenation.
8. Aloe Vera - Provides a lot of oxygen and does not need a lot of water.
I like to buy my plants from IKEA
(like this one for only $1.99) and Trader Joe’s is another store with low cost plants.
Simple changes like adding in a few house plants can do so much to naturally improve how we feel and function.