I’ve added some new additions to the family over the last couple of weeks. Not only are they beautiful, but they are also helping to detoxify our home. They’re my beautiful new houseplants, which not only help freshen the air but are also enjoyable to care for as well.
It’s really hot where I live so we keep our doors and windows closed. Unfortunately well-insulated homes keep the air from circulating and this can lead to a build up of toxins. Even if you can’t smell chemicals in your home, they are there, in plastics, walls, paint, cleaning supplies, dry cleaning, adhesives, etc. Common home pollutants include benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, trichloroethylene and xylene.
Studies have shown that it’s possible to reduce indoor air pollution by installing houseplants. On the advice of one of my health practitioners, I quickly headed out to the garden centers for a look around.
Some popular plants that are touted especially for their detoxifying properties are: Aloe, Boston Fern, Chinese Evergreen, Chrysanthemum, Corn Plant, Dracaena Janet Craig, Dwarf Date Palm, English Ivy, Ficus Alii, Flamingo Flower, Gerber Daisy, Golden Pothos, Marginata, Money Tree, Palm plants, Peace Lily, Philodendrons, Red-edged dracaena, Rubber Plant, Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue), Spider Plants, Umbrella Tree, Warneckii and Weeping Fig.
Whatever plants you choose, they can help with cleaning up the air around the house. For me, choosing plants that particularly assisted with benzene, which is a known toxin for me, was important. I could definitely do with more plants but I started to run out of places to put them!