Usually when I come up with ideas for blog posts, I try to stick with something related to my products. In brainstorming this morning, I decided to focus on another aspect of personal health... The air you breath! The air in our homes can easily become full of allergens, toxic chemicals, and so much more. I have done the research for you and put together a list of my personal top 3 plants for purifying your indoor living space.
#1, Spider Plant
This one takes the top spot in my list for many reasons, but the biggest reason for me personally, is that Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are nearly impossible to kill. They love indirect sunlight, and require minimal maintenance as far as watering goes. They are also great baby makers, so if you have one, it is easy to quickly gain a house full of these plants. Pictured above are a bunch of cut-offs from a spider plant, beginning their journey to adulthood.
In the home, they are especially beneficial due to the fact that they remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air you are breathing.
#2, Aloe Vera
This one is a common house plant because of the numerous benefits the plant has to offer. While clearing your home of formaldehyde, it produces a wonderful liquid that aids in the healing of cuts, burns, bug bites and more due to properties that make it antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. The leaves of an Aloe plant, when removed, are the source of this magical liquid. It is full of wonderful things like enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins.
# 3, Peace Lily
Peace Lily plants do an amazing job at cleaning the air, removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. They prefer shady spots, and only require minimal watering, but keep in mind that they do flower. A lot. The flowers can contribute to allergens such as pollen in your home, so one or two should do the job. A wonderful aspect of this plant, is that it will tell you when it needs to be watered by "drooping". Easy to care for, cleans the air, and talks to you... What could be better?? Oh, did I mention that the Peace Lily was at the top of NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs?
Other benefits from indoor plants include things like oxygen production, carbon dioxide reduction, noise reduction, improved mood and so many more. There are many more options for beneficial plants to have in your home. If you have pets or children, make sure you do your research, as some house plants can be poisonous if ingested. Now get out there, get your hands dirty, and bring some flora into that home of yours!