Natural Air Purifying Plants
Let’s be honest- toxins and toxicants are everywhere! What are toxicants? A toxic substance introduced into the environment, e.g., a pesticide. Improving your indoor air quality with air purifying plants is a simple solution to reduce air-borne toxicants and allergens. At times, the indoor air quality of your home or office is significantly worse than it is outside. There are several steps you can take to greatly improve the indoor air quality in your home.
In a previous post a few years back where I mentioned the importance of cleansing your space, however it is also important to have consistent clean and fresh air within your sacred space. Air purifying plants are an inexpensive way to improve the air circulation and quality of your sacred space.
How Do Air Purifying Plants Actually Clean the Air Quality?
Air in our homes have been shown to contain harmful toxicants which ultimately end up in our bodies. Whether the toxicants are from building materials, paint, out-gassing carpets, dust, or flame retardants, the levels of these toxicants in the air can be reduced. These plants can reduce many air pollutants including formaldehyde, microbial pathogens, and microbial pathogens. In the 1980’s, NASA conducted a study that shows house plants help remove toxicants and purify the air. Below are my top 3 favorite house plants that naturally help purify the air.
Spider plants are tolerant of a wide range of conditions and are extremely adaptable to different environments. For those who don’t believe they have a “green thumb” or worry about caring for houseplants- fear not! These plants are extremely easy to care for. Watering: Depending on how warm & bright your house is, this might be every 10-14 days. Water them when they’re almost dry & be sure to let the water drain all the way through the pot. If your water is high in salts, consider using distilled water.
The philodendron thrives in bright to moderate but never direct sunlight. Keeping it within 1-2 meters of a window is best. Plants kept in lower light tend to produce smaller leaves with less iconic holes or splits. Watering: This plant is drought friendly, preferring to be on the dry side so the philodendron can be watered every 7 to 10 days. Keep the soil evenly moist and drain well.
Also known as the snake plant, the mother in law’s tongue is a great indoor plant for beginners because it flourishes in any lighting condition from bright indirect sunlight to shade. This plant is almost impossible to kill. Watering: It can go for up to a month without water so make sure to keep the soil relatively dry – it is better to under water than over water. I water my snake plant a quarter cup of water every few weeks, making sure the soil dries between each watering. If you see its leaves drooping and becoming slimy, it means that the soil is too wet, remove any affected leaves and adjust your watering frequency.