With many people all living under one roof, or in close proximity and in largely polluted towns, what could be better than a natural and green way of keeping your home purified and yourself healthy.
Our homes are full of unhealthy and often invisible toxins. These chemical compounds are found in emissions from paint, plastics, carpet, cleaning solutions, and numerous building materials. And not to mention all the population coming in from outside.
However lucky for us nature is fantastically equipped to keeping itself clean.There are many powerful air-cleaning plants that naturally remove pollutants from the air. With us spending on average 90% of our time indoors what could be more important than ensuring we live in the best possible conditions.
Below I have constructed a list of plants that can effectively make big changes to your life and living environment, and therefore ultimately lead to better health.
1. Spider plant
The spider plant is a great plant for beginners, as they need just the basic minimum to flourish. As the plant grows and absorbs energy it will sprout flowers that will then become miniature spiderettes branching off that can be removed and replanted as a new separate plant. As a leafy and vibrantly green plant it is sure to purify your air in no time.
As part of the olive family it normally grows outside, but can live inside just as well. This plant should be more specially placed in the bedroom as it promotes sleep quality by emitting scents that have shown to make for better sleep, as well as increase your levels of alertness.
3. Snake Plant
These low maintenance plants are known to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air. It has also been proven to be extremely effective in treating headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory problems. As well as help to increase your overall energy levels.
As part of the mint family and a commonly used essential oil. It not only smells wonderful, but can also reduce anxiety and stress, slow heart rate, improve your sleep, and calm restless babies.
5. Aloe Vera
Not only will Aloe Vera help purify the air, but als0 has health and skin benefits. It is so easy to grow and handle, and takes in all the essence of the harmful gases or by products of paints and chemical cleansers. Great in the kitchen space, it's gel has the ability to cure wounds and burns. It is among the best indoor plants with lots of uses.
6. English Ivy
This plant is so simple to grow, needing only moderate exposure to sunlight. NASA has even named it as one of the top plants to purify the air. It has been proven to remove air feces are airborne mold in just a matter of hours. And as mold affects our breathing it can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma and ultimately lead to a better nights sleep.
7. Golden pothos
Another great plant for tackling toxins such as formaldehyde. Just like Ivy it is a fast growing vine great for a hanging basket. Formaldehyde is most commonly found in car exhaust so place this plant in your garage or near an entrance to benefit fully from it's purifying power. Please be aware that it is actually considered poisonous and therefore should be kept away from small children and pets.
8. Bamboo Palm
Not only does this plant make you feel like you are on a tropical island it also has the ability to filter out both benzene and trichloroethylene. It will grow to around 5ft 7ins; prefers humidity, and likes both bright and indirect light, and doesn't do well when it is over watered.
Apart from smelling and tasting amazing with Lamb, Rosemary improves your memory. Just like Lavender it is part of the mint family and proven to increase your memory as well as improve overall air quality.