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Detoxify Your Home with Plants: Grow Your Own Fresh Air

As the weather warms and the days get longer, thoughts tend to turn toward our gardens and lawns. Bringing the outside in can have profound effects on our health. On average, Americans spend about 85-90% of our time inside. Indoor air pollution can be just as bad or worse as outside according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Indoor plants provide essential oxygen to our cells while also cleansing our bodies of toxins. How does this happen? Plants literally soak up the toxins in our home instead of us inhaling them. This has been a brutal winter to say the least with many of us cooped up inside our homes to avoid the brutal cold. With our furnaces turned on high, this dry heat continually circulates dust and other particles that could be harmful to us. Protect yourself all year round by adding one of these detoxifying plants to your space.

  1. Areca Palm: The Living Room Plant – It removes CO2 and converts it to oxygen. Recommended to have 4 shoulder height plants per person.
  2. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue: The Bedroom Plant – Removes CO2 at night while we are sleeping.
  3. Money Plant: The Specialist Plant – Removes formaldehyde and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) from the air. These chemicals are often present in our furniture, mattresses, paint, and toys.

All of these plants are common and can be found at your local garden store.

Grow your own fresh air this year! It is recommended by NASA research that you should have one plant in a 6-8 inch diameter for every 100 square feet of your home to get maximum benefits. Meattle also recommends that you clean the leaves at least once a week and take the plants outdoors for a day every 3-4 months.

Source: Kamal Meattle – Tedx talk

Reprint in Natural Awakenings March 2014

By Dr. Tiffany Lester.
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