Natural Herbs For Cleansing The Air

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Have you thought about cleansing the air in your home from toxins? Dangerous toxins are always the germs and contaminants that you can’t see, but the plants that will be listed in this article will help you eradicate toxins and improve the quality of air.

Using NASA’s Clean Air Report, here is a round-up of the best indoor air purifying plants that will add a touch of colour, cleansing the air in your home.

The Devil’s ivy, or pothos

Devil’s ivy, otherwise known as pothos or golden pothos, is a simple indoor houseplant which can be grown to fight against common household toxins. It adds instant colour in any space with cascading tendrils and grows well in water, pots and hanging baskets. It has also been said that the heartleaf philodendron is harder to kill than to keep alive!

Cleansing the air

Toxinseliminated: xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.

Dwarf palm date

Dwarf or pygmy palms are the offsprings of the palm family. They are relatively easy to grow in partial shade, rising to 6 – 10 feet with their fronds also reaching six feet!

Toxinseliminated: formaldehyde and xylene.

Peace lily

Peace lilies also referred to as spathiphyllum, are a simple and undemanding plant to look after. Their glossy green leaves, especially those spots with low light, make the perfect addition to any space. Ensure you water them weekly to encourage growth as well as those glorious white flowers—fertilise them with a slow-release fertiliser in spring.

Toxinseliminated: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene

Philodendron

A luscious modification to indoor spaces is the heart-shaped philodendron. They only need moderate water and bright, indirect sunlight. Philo’s are relatively easy to look after.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

When it comes to plants, spider plants are the best alternative for newbies and those with a poor track record. They grow and survive in just about any environment in indirect sunlight. They have been known to survive at temperatures as low as 2 degrees. Spider plants also send out shoots called spiderettes, from baby spider plants.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde and xylene.

Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Chrysanthemums, otherwise recognised as disbuds or mums, are not only a perfect addition to a flower arrangement, but they look great at home and are known to be among the best air purifiers around. They are one of the hardest air purifiers to grow, but beautiful colourful blooms are the payoff. They enjoy good airflow, bright indirect sunlight and watering only with warm water, making sure that between drinks they are able to dry completely.

Toxins eliminated: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene

Rubber plants (Ficus elastic)

They’re a very sturdy plant that loves bright, filtered light and weekly watering in summer and fortnightly watering in winter. These burgundy evergreen trees originated from India. Rubber plants may grow in a small pot or be encouraged to grow straight into the ground into a giant indoor tree.

Toxins eliminated: xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.

Boston fern

This easy-to-grow fern is renowned for its sword-shaped fronds, making it suitable for a pedestal or hanging basket. The Boston Fern thrives in humid conditions and needs consistent moisture to grow. Keep the plant content with daily misting and moist soil, and place them near windows, balconies and patios in indirect sunlight. The fronds are cut back by about 2 inches in winter to help regenerate and expand in the warmer months.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde and xylene.

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Arecapalms (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

The Areca palms are perfect for large areas. When it comes to removing toxins, they are a powerhouse, and they are also non-toxic to both dogs and cats. Look after them during the summer with a lot of water (a few days a week), but not as much in the winter.

Toxins eliminated: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene

Pineapple plant

A recent NASA study found that pineapple plants are actually able to put an end to snoring. While they do not extract any contaminants from the air, NASA says that “pineapple plants produce oxygen at night and increase the quality of air at night, which could improve the quality of sleep and cut out those snores.” These plants are very sturdy and live with very little water, but be careful as they are no match the cold (they hate cold weather).

Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena Deremensis)

Dracaena can grow up to 15-feet, making them ideal for filling voids and wide spaces. This plant enjoys indirect sunlight, but should not be put in direct sunlight under any circumstances. Water them in the warmer months once a week but be attentive because too much water will cause root decay.

Toxins eliminated: xylene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene

Ficus or Weeping fig (Ficus Benjamina)

The Ficus is indigenous to Southeast Asia, and the Weeping Fig can grow between 2 – 10 feet tall. They are most widely planted indoors. Like most other air purifiers, Ficus likes to dry out entirely between wetting in bright, direct sunlight and to be watered weekly.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.

Snake plant/ Mother-in-Law’s tongue

Snake Plants, otherwise referred to as Mother-in-Law’s tongue is a succulent plant which can grow to heights of up to two meters. It is a rugged, low maintenance plant which thrives on neglect. Put them for a few hours a day in a place that tolerates bright and even direct light. Be careful not to overwater in dry environments, as they grow.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene.

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera is not only good for healing wounds and coping with sunburn because of its anti-inflammatory properties, but it also turns out to be a great air purifier. They thrive in dark, well-lit rooms, and when the amount of harmful chemicals is extreme, they develop brown spots on their leaves.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde.

English ivy (Hedera helix)

You may recognise English ivy as the climber on many walls and trees outdoors, but when it comes to its air purifiers, NASA claims that it is the number one indoor houseplant. They grow well in small pots and tend to be crowded. They also look fantastic in hanging baskets, and in just a few days you can even plant a cutting in water.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde and benzene.

Fleur or Flamingo lily

The Flamingo Lily is the ideal plant for any room to add a splash of colour, flowering 300 out of 365 days of the year. The plant prefers bright indirect sunshine and likes being watered for 1 – 2 days a week. It is most relaxed in more humid environments like your bathroom and kitchen.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde, ammonia, xylene, toluene.

Lady palm (Rhapis excelsa)

Lady palm is a great choice when it comes to cleansing the air. On the contrary, these palms prefer cooler temps ranging from 15-23 degrees to common beliefs.

Toxinseliminated: formaldehyde, ammonia and xylene

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)

The Chinese Evergreen plant is among the simplest indoor house plants to grow and comes in several varieties. They withstand most conditions and yet thrive in well-drained soil, humid temps with medium to low light conditions. It is advised that you fertilise your Chinese evergreen plants twice a year.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde and xylene.

Kimberly queen ferns (Nephrolepis obliterata)

Kimberly queen fern, an Australian native, thrives in outdoor conditions, but they also produce the ideal indoor plants. They are perfect for newbies and beginners because their distinctive straight, narrow upright fronds need little or no care. Kimberly queen ferns do not need to be trimmed or cut back, but with plenty of water, remember to keep them nice and wet. Also, fertilise them occasionally in the warmer months.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde and benzene.

Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

These plant can grow pretty big between 4 and 12 feet tall, making them absolute filtering machines for formaldehyde. Bamboo palm makes an excellent indoor addition as they are pet-friendly and are among the few air cleaners that appreciate a good dose of full sunshine.

Toxins eliminated: formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.

Things to consider when shopping for indoor house plants

They include the following:

Your kids and pets

One thing that is easily overlooked when shopping for plants is how your pets and kids can get along with the new plant. Fortunately, there is a simple way of checking if plants are toxic to dogs or cats: visit the vast database of the ASPCA.

Even a nibble on a leaf will make your pet ill, depending on the plant’s toxicity, so play it safe by testing each plant on the list before taking it home. Consider plant location carefully if you have small children at home. You may want to avoid a big, floor-standing plant, which may tempt your child to dig through the potting soil, but rather go for dangling ivy that can be placed on top of your kitchen cabinets.

The sunlight that each room receives

Think about where the plant could stay before you begin to shop for the plant you want. Let your plant choices be driven by the amount of sunlight in each area if you have a sunny living room or a bathroom with low light. Check out a few low-light houseplants, such as the philodendron, if you have a dark room that could use a little greenery.

The moisture in your home

Homes could have wildly varying humidity levels, based on where you live, your home’s cooling system, and if you keep a humidifier working 24/7. Bear it in mind when selecting indoor houseplants.

Tropical plants love some moisture in the air, including monster plants, while jade, a form of sugar, can withstand dry air. Misting the plant regularly or investing in a humidifier or dehumidifier will help if you have your eyes set on a particular type that does not fit the humidity level of your home.

Your level of dedication

Consider your timetable! Do yourself a favour and stick with simple houseplants if you hardly have time to handle your to-do list. A low-maintenance snake plant will thrive even if you fail to water it on time and it’s also bug-resistant.

Potting soil and drainage

Investing in high-quality garden soil is perhaps even more crucial for growing indoor plants, as they can not absorb nutrients from the surrounding dirt as outdoor plants would. A combination of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite are the most common potting mixes. These last two will help aerate the soil and slow down the flow of water.

You’ll want to start a schedule of fertilising your houseplants, particularly if you begin with a potting mix without fertiliser. Please ensure it has sufficient drainage when you’re repotting your new houseplant. Opt for a pot with a drainage hole to cover your furniture, and put a saucer underneath. Likewise, a coating on the bottom of a pot of rocks or pebbles may help lift the roots above any standing water, helping to avoid root rot.

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