As the human race evolves, the time humans spend indoors has constantly increased. Especially with the current pandemic, people have spent months staying indoors. So why is no one talking about the quality of air inside your home?
Many of us might assume that the air quality of our home is much better than that outside, due to the obvious lack of pollution. But Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are used to manufacture most of the items in your home- including your furniture, carpets, paint, and other construction materials.
If you thought your coffee table could never harm you with anything other than its pointy ends, you thought wrong! Over time, these VOCs deteriorate and let off gasses like ammonia, benzene, and others into the air, causing harm to your health.
Now, standard air conditioners and air purifiers at home aren’t equipped with cleaning out these particles from your home. However, there is a great, eco-friendly solution that can aesthetically amp your interiors along with the air quality in your home! Air purifying plants are the newest trend that’s hitting the internet, owing to the many health benefits they add to your home.
If you want to know more about these plants and how to grow them indoors, read on!
How Do Certain Plants Clean the Air Inside Your Home?
All plants are technically air-purifying plants, as they absorb carbon dioxide and other toxins from the air while releasing oxygen. This happens during photosynthesis, a process that plants perform every day.
However, you cannot grow all plants inside your house, and not all plants are as effective as a certain few. Plants like bamboo, aloe vera, English ivy, and others are exceptional in clearing toxins from the air, making your atmosphere nice and humid.
Such plants like those mentioned above diffuse toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, which irritates the nose, throat, and mouth; benzene, which irritates the eyes and others which cause headaches, migraines, nausea, increased heart rate, disorientation, and dizziness.
The Benefits of Growing Air Purifying Plants Indoors
There are many benefits to growing indoor plants, including adding a natural, aesthetic look to your home and surrounding yourself with cute little friends! Some of the health benefits linked with growing air purifying plants are:
- Indoor plants remove toxins from the air and can reduce irritation to your eyes, throat, nose and ease coughing or congestion. Especially for people with dust and chemical allergies, some plants can work miracles in keeping your nasal pathway clean and unclogged!
- Lowers stress and helps boost attention capacity in individuals. They can help reduce negative feelings like anxiety, anger, or sadness as well, according to studies.
- Purifying plants naturally filter all the toxins in your home and do not produce any harmful chemicals, unlike air conditioners, which are horrible for the environment.
Tips to Care for Your Air Purifying Plants:
Each plant requires certain conditions to grow healthy, and following those steps can be vital to ensure your plant lives. Here are a few general tips that can help you:
- Outdoor plants like Tulsi or English Ivy need direct sunlight and plenty of it at that. It also needs daily watering.
- Plants like aloe vera or Areca Palm need to be watered but not over watered. Watering them once every 2 or three days should be sufficient.
- Aglaonemas, money plants, and philodendrons thrive even with a little shade and light watering twice a week, as long as they are planted in ‘cocopeat’, which is essentially coconut fibers.
- When growing ferns, remember that they need a little sunlight. Place them in a semi-shade spot and water them every alternate day. They are great for growing indoors.
- Plants like snake plants can also be grown indoors and only need watering about once a week. However, exposing them to sunlight for a few hours once or twice a week can help them thrive.