The Incredible Power of Plants to Detoxify Your Home
Did you know that poor indoor air quality is one of the top risks to our health? Knowingly or unknowingly, we use many home products that are made with toxic chemicals, such as air fresheners, oven cleaners, furniture polish, and vinyl flooring. It’s almost impossible to avoid using all these products. And for many of us, many times, leaving the windows open for long periods of time isn’t an option either.
Luckily, there are plants that naturally purify and detoxify indoor air.
There has been tremendous research on the relationship between plants and human health. In late 1980s, for example, NASA researchers began to work on making space stations provide purer and cleaner air. As part of their research, they studied a wide variety of houseplants and found out that some of them are thoroughly successful in filtering out harmful compounds and making indoor air much healthier to breathe.
Top reasons to grow houseplants
There are numerous other reasons to acquire houseplants. For example, the water that evaporates through the plants’ leaves acts a powerful, natural humidifier. Thus, having houseplants decreases the chance of you developing dry skin, sore throat, cold, and dry coughs.
Houseplants are also good for your eyes – if you spend a lot of time looking at screens, look up every twenty minutes and rest your gaze on green plants. This will naturally relax your eyes and make for an uplifting break.
Houseplants not only purify the air and improve your health but also beautify your home, make it more attractive, and create a soulful environment. By bringing nature to your home, you’ll add a daily sense of wonder into your life.
The magic number for optimum air purification and home beauty is 10 plants for every 100-meter square (1076 square feet) area. A range of plants in different sizes and shapes will not only purify the air better but will also inspire deeper relaxation and positivity. Below we list the best ones to detoxify your home.\
The best houseplants for a greener, cleaner home
Number 1 in our list is Aloe Vera. If you’re a skincare enthusiast, chances are you already know about this miracle plant. Not only is it great for your skin, but it also works wonders when it comes to purifying the indoor air in your home.
The next on the list are Purple Waffle (Hemigraphis Alternata), Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens), Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica), Golden Pothos (Epipremnum Aureum), and Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina). There’s also the funnily named Mother-In-Law's Tounge (Sansevieria Trifasciata), which, unlike what its name suggests for some of us, might be a very good influence on your environment.
Don’t worry about it if you are not familiar with these plants. Most of them are widely available and inexpensive. You can look them up through Google Images and easily find out which ones you like the best. You can also pay a visit to your local flower shop or garden center to see, smell, and touch the plants and to decide in person.