Last month I had an awesome opportunity to share at my friend Mandy “Zen Girl” Burstein’s New Years Detox Yoga workshop about detoxing our homes and green living. It was so much fun talking with the group about common chemicals found in the home and personal care products, DIYing, what to look out for and where to start when it comes to detoxing our homes. Topics you all know I love to talk about. ;)
During the Q&A many of the yogis were interested and asking a lot of questions about indoor air quality, more specifically what plants they should have in the home to help clean up the air.
I knew a few off hand, but thought I should do a little more research. I’m sure that your interested as well, so I put together a list of 5 great plants to have in your home.
I love having greenery throughout my space, it brightens everything up, brings in different textures and indoor plants, like being in nature, have a calming effect on our nervous systems. With all the stress that many of us carry, if your indoor air quality wasn’t enough to make you want to start growing these plants, helping you de-stress hopefully is enough to have you making a trip to your local nursery for a few new plants.
5 House Plants for Better Indoor Air
Aloe Vera: I was so excited when I saw this repeatedly coming up in my research because I already grow tons of it. It’s super easy to grow and can be used in a lot of all natural DIY’s too. It helps to keep your home free from benzene which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners.
Peace Lily: It helps to reduce the levels of mold spores that grow in the home by absorbing those spores through its leaves and then circulating them to the plant’s roots where they are used as food. Nature is so rad! Peace Lilies are great to keep in the bathroom.
Boston Fern: I’ve found ferns to be another easier plant to grow if you think you don’t have a green thumb. I love they way they look hence the photo up above. These plants act as humidifiers and can help to restore moisture in the air, they are perfect for those who suffer from dry skin. Remember to keep your Boston Fern in diffused sunlight and mist the leaves with water regularly.
Chinese Evergreen: They are very easy to care for and can help to rid your home of a number of air pollutants. The longer you have the plants, the more toxins it will remove so plan on keeping your Chinese Evergreen for many years to get the most benefits.
English Ivy: Is great, it can absorb formaldehyde, which is commonly found in conventional household cleaning products, furniture or carpets. Studies show that keeping an English Ivy plant on your desk will improve your focus (I need one of these plants in my life). It can also absorb trace amounts of benzene which is a chemical commonly found in office equipment.
Many of us have a house plant or two in our homes already, so we might as well make sure they help in more ways than just bringing in a natural element and looking nice. Having plants that help keep your indoor air healthy is an easy way to make your homes a little greener.