Purify Your Home & the Air You Breath With Plants

Posted on Aug 01, 2014


If you are one of those people who want to minimize the amount of technology and machines you have in your life, create a simpler more harmonious life, and a home that is about health and wellness, there are several things to consider. First check your sleeping environment and bedding to see how toxic or non-toxic it may be.  Investigate some cleaner, less toxic alternatives. Secondly, take a look at your furniture as much furniture manufactured today is loaded with chemicals and off-gassing toxic compounds.  Although hard to find there are some good quality furniture selections made in a cleaner, healthier manner. 


Organic Latex Mattress, non-toxic, all natural 

And last, and perhaps most easy and economical, and the subject of this blog consider purifying your domestic air-supply with aesthetically pleasing plants. For example, consider the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), the name of which adds a measure of harmony to your home all by itself. In the 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America discovered that peace lilies absorb benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, ammonia, and more hard-to-pronounce chemicals that are just as hard to write.


Peace Lily

It is common knowledge that plants, trees and other forms of vegetation consume carbon-dioxide to produce oxygen for humans and most other forms of life to exist, but it is a lesser-known fact that certain plants have the added benefit of purifying the very oxygen they produce. This takes the experience of symbiosis to a higher level, and it is especially relevant in contemporary energy-efficient homes that often do not provide the natural drafts that older homes do. Research has also revealed that rooms two or more plants have 50—60% less airborne microbes, such as bacteria and mold spores.

Air that is too dry can cause various problems, such as respiratory problems, dry skin and static electricity, so another benefit of plants is how they support an optimal level of humidity by increasing the amount of water vapor in the home. Plants also produce negative ions http://sherifaye.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Purify-Indoor-Air-Using-Plants. There is convincing evidence that negative ions can reduce and even eliminate mold spores and allergens. Negative ions can also affect a person’s psychological well-being. Countless individuals claim to feel more relaxed and/or energized when standing close to a waterfall or the ocean, both of which have an abundance of negative ions. Many studies also prove that plants produce a sense of serenity, and many nurses and doctors have reported that patients often recover more quickly with plants nearby. 

If you choose to experiment with this natural method of air-purification, think of it as a labor-of-love instead of a chore, because studies also show that caring for plants can bring about a sense of enrichment, the same way a gardener or a farmer feels when growing and harvesting edible plants of any kind.

So, here are some simple instructions. Although we are featuring the Peace Lily, some of these instructions would also apply to other plants: Be sure to maximize the plant's air-cleansing potential by keeping the foliage dust-free, by wiping the leaves gently with a damp cloth; Since you do not want to damage the flora or petals, simply blow the dust away with a deep breath; The Peace Lily thrives in both low and bright light, but it is vital to keep the soil slightly moist; Feed the plant monthly during the spring and summer seasons with an all-purpose liquid fertilizer, preferably something organic, since the whole point of this method is to eliminate toxic substances and decrease your dependence on machinery like air-purifiers. It is also important to avoid a situation where the plant has too little light, since this will inhibit the production of flowers and even kill it.

spider plant

The Spider Plant

In one of their studies, NASA identified the best air-cleaning plants, so here is a list of other plants that are known to purify the air: Areca Palm, The Money Plant, Mother-in-Law’s-Tongue, Spider Plant, Elephant Ear’s Philodendron, Weeping Fig, and the Rubber Plant. 


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