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How to Naturally Purify the Air In Your Home

Krysta Shannon
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Did you know that your home, office, school and other buildings that you commonly visit may contain toxic substances and gases in the air that can negatively impact your health?
 
Across the world, you can step foot in a building and not really know if you are breathing in potentially toxic or hazardous chemicals, including carbon monoxide, particulates, microbial contaminants, environmental allergens, radon, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other substances that can cause adverse health problems.
 
Air quality within your home and the buildings that you frequent should be of paramount concern for your overall health, well-being and comfort. Proper ventilation and filtration are essential to improve indoor air quality.
 
However, there is more that you can do. You can fill your home and surroundings with houseplants.
 
Houseplants have the power to purify the oxygen from the air during a process known as photosynthesis. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, and then people and animals breathe in oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Together, it is a perfect symbiotic relationship.
 
Plants also purify air by trapping contaminants in the soil, where it converts these substances into beneficial food for the plant’s growth and development.
 

However, there is more that you can do. You can fill your home and surroundings with houseplants.

 
In its study of air quality in enclosed spaces such as spaceships, NASA found that common indoor plants may provide a natural way to remove toxic agents from the air in your home, including benzene (a petrochemical derived from crude oil found in paint, inks and man-made fibers), formaldehyde (a known carcinogen found in rugs, grocery bags, cigarette smoke and carpeting) and trichloroethylene (a powerful anesthetic linked to many health problems).
 
Some pollutant-removing plants include English ivy, gerbera daisy, chrysanthemum, peace lilies, bamboo palm, azalea and spider plants.
 
NASA also found that you should have one large plant (8-inch diameter or larger) per 100 square foot of your home or office space to purify the air. So, if you have a 1,000 square-foot apartment, you need to have at least 10 plants throughout your space.
 
Plants undergo photosynthesis during the day, but at night, they absorb oxygen and release carbon dioxide. While this is not a big deal throughout your home, in your bedroom it may interfere with air quality. To combat this, there are a few types of plants that absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night, including succulents and orchids. To improve the quality of your air all night long, place some of these plants in bedrooms throughout your home.
 

 
You don’t just take plants and flowers to people in a hospital for the fun of it! Plants also have healing properties. Plants release as much as 97% of the water that they take in, creating a humid environment that promotes respiratory health. That humid air also improves dry skin, colds and symptoms of illness, including sore throats and coughs.
 
In office environments, plants neutralize the effects of “sick building syndrome,” a phenomenon in which building occupants develop health problems linked to time in a building without a specific illness identified.
 
Plants are great for removing toxins and improving indoor air quality, providing healing and recovery benefits, and are also linked to improved moods, concentration and productivity in the workplace. Go to your local nursery and purchase a few houseplants to promote good health and happiness for yourself and all who visit you!
 
What are your favorite houseplants? Share their names and images in the comments below and let’s celebrate indoor greenery!
 

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Krysta Shannon

Krysta is a staff writer and product review guru at YogiApproved. She believes in the powers of healing crystals and essential oils, and never leaves home without them. Krysta is a true Jersey girl (in the best sort of way) who embraces a non-toxic and all-natural lifestyle.

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