One of the keys to being healthy is reducing your exposure to toxins and chemicals that are in the air. And one of the most best ways to do that naturally in your own home is by using houseplants. Houseplants are a beautiful and effective way to help lessen then pollutants that lurk in many common household products.
Here are some commonly found pollutants that are found in the average home and health problems they can cause through prolonged exposure:
Trichloroethylene: Found in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives, paint remover. Can cause excitement, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting followed by drowsiness and coma.
Formaldehyde: Found in paper bags, waxed paper, facial tissues, paper towels, paper napkins, particle boards, plywood panelling, synthetic fibers. Can cause irritation to nose, mouth and throat, and in severe cases, swelling of the larynx and lungs
Benzene: Used to make plastics, resins, synthetic fabrics, rubber lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, pesticides, tobacco smoke, glue, paint, furniture wax. Can cause irritation to the eyes and cause drowsiness, dizziness, headache, increase in heart rate, confusion and in some rarer cases lead to unconsciousness.
Xylene: Found in printing, rubber, leather and paint industries, tobacco smoke. Can cause irritation to mouth and throat, dizziness, headache, confusion, heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma.
Ammonia: Found in window cleaners, floor waxes, smelling salts and fertilizers. Can cause irritation, coughing and a sore throat.
Many of these problems can lead to a compromised immune system, chronic allergies, sleep problems, weight gain, along with heart problems, and damage to your liver and kidneys.
Based on a study done by NASA, certain plants were found to be better at removing toxic chemicals from the air than others. To reduce the above toxins, researchers at NASA recommend having at least one plant per 100 square feet in your home or office space.
Here are NASA’s Top 18 Air-Filtering Houseplants
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Boston Fern
- Kimberly Queen Fern
- Spider Plant
- Chinese Evergreen
- Bamboo Palm
- Weeping Fig
- Devil's Ivy
- Flamingo Lily
- Broadleaf Lady Palm
- Barberton Daisy
- Cornstalk Dracaena
- English Ivy
- Variegated Snake Plant
- Red-Edged Dracaena
- Peace Lily
- Florist's Chrysanthemum