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Decorate With These Air Purifying Plants to Naturally Purify Your Home

Did you know that plants have the ability to purify the air we breathe? Across the world, plant life creates oxygen for us to breathe. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, and then people and animals breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide through a process known as photosynthesis. Together, it is a perfect symbiotic relationship.
Houseplants have the power to purify the oxygen from the air through photosynthesis. Plants also purify air by trapping contaminants in the soil, where it converts these substances into beneficial food for the plant’s growth and development.
Plants are amazing and beautiful, and they are also a key player in our health and life on this planet as we know it . . .

How Indoor Plants Can Impact Our Health Overall

Did you know that your home, office, school and other buildings that you commonly visit may contain toxic substances and gases in the air that can negatively impact your health?
You can step foot in a building and not really know if you are breathing in potentially toxic or hazardous chemicals, including carbon monoxide, particulates, microbial contaminants, environmental allergens, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other substances that can contribute to allergies and other adverse health problems.
Air quality within your home and the buildings that you frequent should be of paramount concern for your overall health, well-being and comfort. Proper ventilation and filtration are essential to improve indoor air quality.

“Your home is like a Ziploc bag containing airborne pollutants that can’t escape. When you breathe polluted air, you introduce toxins into every cell of your body.” -Dr. Mark Hyman

You can also fill your home and surroundings with houseplants. Indoor plants naturally purify the air in your home (or office or anywhere else you spend time inside). While all plants offer some level of purification, there are particularly effective air purifying plants for your home.

In a well-known study from NASA about the air quality in enclosed spaces such as spaceships, NASA found that common indoor plants provide a natural way to remove toxic agents from the air in your home.
The study showed that indoor plants have the power to remove chemicals from the air, including benzene (a petrochemical derived from crude oil found in paint, inks and man-made fibers), formaldehyde (a known carcinogen found in rugs, grocery bags, cigarette smoke and carpeting) and trichloroethylene (a powerful anesthetic linked to many health problems).
Want to learn more about how to keep your home allergen-free to avoid allergies and get rid of other contaminants? Check Out These 7 Ways to Make Your Home Allergen-Free

Here Are the 15 Best Indoor Plants to Naturally Purify Your Home:

There are certain air purifying plants that are perfect for cleaning the air in your home. Learn the best indoor plants to naturally purify your home here.
These common pollutant-removing houseplants are great for purifying the air in your home:

  • Bamboo Palm
  • Lady Palm
  • Areca Palm
  • Elephant Ear Philodendron
  • Rubber Plant
  • Peace Lillies
  • Sword Fern
  • Boston Fern
  • English Ivy
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Golden Pothos
  • Azalea
  • Spider Plants
  • Sanseveria

In the same study, NASA found that you should have one large plant (8-inch diameter or larger) per 100 square foot of your home or office space to purify the air. So, if you have a 1,000 square-foot apartment, you need to have at least 10 plants throughout your space.
Plants undergo photosynthesis during the day, but at night, they absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide. While this is not a big deal throughout your home, in your bedroom it may interfere with air quality.
To combat this, there are a few types of plants that absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night, including succulents and orchids. To improve the quality of your air all night long, place some of these plants in bedrooms throughout your home.


Air Purifying Plants Are the Best Way to Naturally Purify Your Home

You don’t just take plants and flowers to people in a hospital for the fun of it! Plants also have healing properties. Plants release as much as 97% of the water that they take in, creating a humid environment that promotes respiratory health. That humid air also improves dry skin, colds and symptoms of illness, including sore throats and coughs.
In office environments, plants neutralize the effects of “sick building syndrome,” a phenomenon in which building occupants develop health problems linked to time in a building without a specific illness identified.
Plants are great for removing toxins and improving indoor air quality, providing healing and recovery benefits, and are also linked to improved moods, concentration and productivity in the workplace. Go to your local nursery and purchase a few houseplants to promote good health and happiness for yourself and all who visit you!
What are your favorite houseplants? Share their names and images in the comments below and let’s celebrate the power of indoor plants!

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Krysta is a staff writer and product review guru at YouAligned. She believes in the powers of healing crystals and essential oils, and never leaves home without them. Krysta is a true Jersey girl (in the best sort of way) who embraces a non-toxic and all-natural lifestyle.

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