Whether or not you live in a big city, the unfortunate truth these days is that the quality of air in your home may not be as pure as one would hope. This is a result of our daily lives, from using air fresheners that contain air pollutants, to living near a busy street with vehicle emissions, to house cleaning products and so-forth.
But fear not! There are many natural ways that you can start taking steps towards purifying your home’s air and your health.
We’ve created a list of houseplants that you can place in your home that will help to naturally detoxify the air around them through photosynthesis, and even some that can help improve your quality of sleep.
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The ficus is a southeast Asian plant that is perfect for people who prefer a low-maintenance plant. It can grow to be between two to ten feet tall, and thrives best in bright, indirect sunlight. Put it next to a window and let the soil dry between waterings and you’re good to go! This plant will help to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air. PS – the ficus is also the same tree that produces figs!
Creating peace in your home indeed, the peace lily is best suited for shady areas and is a relatively small houseplant. Along with releasing lovely floral scents, this plant will also aid in the removal of pollutants such as ammonia and formaldehyde. A word to the wise – if you are sensitive to pollen allergies, you may not want to have more than one of these beauties around as, like all flowers, they release pollen into the air.
This one is a definite winner for lots of people because it is known to be one of the hardest house plants to kill. Requiring just occasional watering, snake plants prefer drier conditions, some sun, and will help to remove pollutants such as xylene, benzene, and formaldehyde and can even help prevent headaches!
We are huge fans of everything lavender related, so it’s no surprise that the flower made it’s way onto this list. Reducing stress and anxiety, slowing heart rate and improving your sleep are just a few ways that this wonderfully smelling plant can help to improve your health.
Another beautifully scented flower that is always on our list of favorites is jasmine. The scent of jasmine has been shown to at once improve sleep, as well as increase alertness, making it perfect for a bedroom plant that you can catch a whiff of every night and every morning to put a perfect ending and beginning to each day.
These are just a few of the plants that can be used to not only improve your health and the quality of air in your home, but are beautiful and will brighten up each day by adding a touch of nature to the indoors.
We would love to hear some of your favorite ways to detoxify your home, as well as more of your favorite houseplants!