More Plants, Cleaner Air

You already know that I’m all about living a non-toxic lifestyle. Clean air is vital for our survival as breath is life. Toxic air is no bueno, and it’s not easy to gage the air quality in your home, however, there are some devices out there and I need to get one! Anyways, why not play it safe and add plants into your home…
Plants actually convert toxic pollutants into their food through the process of photosynthesis, which is then turned into clean air for us to breath. It’s pretty amazing what plants can do and the impact they can have in your home. I’m not going to get super detailed into the energy of plant life, but plants definitely bring life and tranquility into a home. Honestly, I don’t really have much of a green thumb (most of my plants have pretty much died), but I’m going to give this another try! I did a little research on some low maintenance, air-cleansing plants…
    1. Bamboo – this plant is primarily known for removing formaldehyde. Luckily, the maintenance for bamboo is relatively easy: whenever the soil is dry, water with room temperature water.
    1. Ficus/Weeping Fig – in addition to cleansing out formaldehyde, Ficus removes other pollutants that live in furniture and carpet like trichloroethylene and benzene. These plants only live well in warmer weather, so be sure to keep yours hydrated (water weekly with room temperature water) and make sure to keep it bathed in a decent amount of sunlight.
    2. Spider Plant – typically pretty small and work in removing carbon monoxide.
    3. Lily – based on just the name alone, how could you not want a peace lily blooming in your home? Known for absorbing trichloroethylene and fairly low maintenance. They bloom best in filtered light, though will be just fine in dimmer light as well.
    4. Creeping Lily Turf – among the best choice of plants to capture excess ammonia in the air. A plant of multiple trades, lily turfs can be used to treat impotence and inflammation. They’re typically outdoor plants, though would work well in a sunroom or greenhouse. Keep the exposure to sunlight low and be H2O generous with weekly watering.
    5. African Violets – african violets work wonders for those who suffer from asthma. Like a majority of houseplants, these vibrant fuschia flowers absorb heavy chemicals in the air that make it more difficult for asthmatics to breathe freely. Expose them to only light to medium sunlight and always make sure their soil is moist.
    6. Philodendron – best at cleansing out xylene, a toxin found in glues and leathers, these are perfect little houseplants. They’re aesthetically appealing and don’t require much care. Keep them in a good amount of indirect sunlight and allow the first layer of their soil to dry out in between regular watering.
    7. Jasmine – a classic, elegant flower whose petals are purifying and can be used to make tea. In the warmer seasons, this plant needs plenty of sunlight and its soul should always be moist, though not drenched with water.
    8. Rubber Tree – the larger leaves of the rubber tree are helpful in removing bacteria and breaking down airborne chemicals. Spritz down the leaves of this plant regularly in addition to keeping it well hydrated during summer. An indirect amount of sunlight is recommended for these little trees.
    So many plants to learn about and love! What’s your relationship to plants? Leave a comment below cause I’m going to send a plant to one lucky person!!

15 Comments

  1. Andy Glasgo
    January 3, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Violets and bamboo!

    I also commented on your Instagram post.

  2. Cid
    December 31, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Very interesting!

  3. Jim
    December 30, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    I’m always afraid of keeping live plant’s alive I need something easy to care for

  4. Brian (diehardjohn1)
    December 30, 2017 / 4:13 am

    The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.

  5. Max
    December 29, 2017 / 10:14 am

    Verry article!!!
    I would buy more plant on my home for breath a bether air.
    Thank you xxx so much

  6. Brian
    December 29, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Nature is the ultimate healer. Nature is beautiful and is the essence of our health and well-being.

  7. Paul
    December 29, 2017 / 8:58 am

    “Everything is energy. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” Albert Einstein

  8. Vito B
    December 29, 2017 / 8:28 am

    I was having sinus issues but only at home – I put a Rubber Tree & Ficus I now breath easy!

  9. December 29, 2017 / 6:09 am

    Incorporate the addition of plants to our daily lives to help reduce our carbon footprint and look out for our future and Mother Earth!🍃🌍

  10. Julian Royal
    December 29, 2017 / 5:22 am

    Just learned a lot! Thanks for the info.

  11. Scott
    December 29, 2017 / 4:46 am

    Nice article, very informative. Thanks

  12. Hollie
    December 29, 2017 / 3:17 am

    Hello Moon, I love the jasmine…in fact I have some planted in my yard, but unfortunately I don’t have a location inside that would provide enough sunlight. The lilly is very nice also…who doesn’t love flowering plants inside? However I have not had good luck with them:( My first choice would be the bamboo….It’s beautiful and it reminds me of you. 🙂

  13. Nickb1607
    December 29, 2017 / 3:06 am

    A truly interesting article. I was aware af some of the plants and do grow some of them around the house and garden. Bamboo, peace lily and jasmine are common place i my home but I will now try to grow some of the others aswell.
    I look forward to reading more of your articles in the future.

  14. Jorge Romero
    December 29, 2017 / 2:05 am

    Living with allergies to animals is hard, especially with my roommates having 3 dogs. I feel maybe adding plants to my room would help clean the air quality in my room. Machines and filters can only do so much i guess. I just miss being able to breathe 😅

  15. Carl
    December 29, 2017 / 2:01 am

    The rubber always fascinated me as a child because my grandmother kept several in the parlor of her Victorian era house. She used to tell me her runner trees were a therapy when she needed to relax. I used to think she was joking, but now I realize she was right.

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