Did you know that indoor air is often polluted with harmful toxins? The Environmental Protection Agency ranked indoor air among the top five environmental health risks to humans. From cigarette smoke to chemicals released from burning scented candles, it’simportant to purify indoor air. Luckily, there are some cheap, easy and even NASA-approved indoor plants that work double duty to purify the air in your home.
NASA released a report calling indoor and outdoor plants “nature’s life support system.” Adding indoor plants to your home and work environment not only adds beautiful decoration and color, it also improves the quality of your health. Plants absorb toxins and chemicals in the air as they take in carbon dioxide and process it into oxygen through photosynthesis. The more plants, the cleaner the air!
Stagnant air allows chemicals and toxins to build up to unhealthy levels over time. Living and working in indoor environments without plants and fresh air flow can lead to health problems like allergies, chest infections and chronic headaches. In more serious cases, inhaling toxins likeformaldehyde can lead to cancer and fertility-related issues. Given that most humans spend up to 90% of their time indoors, it’s important to make sure indoor air is safe and healthy to breathe.
Need another reason to add detoxifying indoor plants to your home? Recent research suggests that the presence of indoor plants can actually make you smarter. Add these 10 household plants for cleaner, safer indoor air and, according to Scientific American, you might also get a boost to your attention span.
1.) Boston Fern
Boston ferns are the MVPs of removing formaldehyde from indoor air. They also detoxify the air of benzene and xylene, chemicals found in exhaust fumes that either drift in from open windows or migrate from the garage.
Boston ferns do best in a cool environment, with high humidity and indirect sunlight. You might want to buy a humidifier for the winter months to make sure this plant keeps thriving indoors.
Buy: Boston Fern in 4″ Pot $5.95