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In comparison to the environment our ancestors lived in, the one we are experiencing now is TRASH...really think about it. Genetically modified food, polluted lakes and oceans, and poor air quality due to fumes released from factories, cars, and planes.
You can help improve your home atmosphere through the use of plants! Help promote better health while possibly improving allergies, asthma, and the like that can be caused or irritated by airborne pollutants. Today's Wellness take discusses 3 low-maintenance house plants you can buy to help purify your air.
Plants, as you may know, are essentially our opposite when it comes to "breathing"; we inhale oxygen (O2) and exhale carbon dioxide (CO2) while plants inhale/absorb CO2 and exhale/release O2. This alone helps cleanse our spaces of CO2 while providing more oxygen which is beneficial for bodily function and brain activity. House plants can also filter airborne toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene which can irritate the nose, mouth, and throat; cause drowsiness, dizziness, harm bone marrow, and decrease red blood cell count; and cause headaches, confusion, and weakness, respectively. Having these plants in your daily space can greatly improve your health, and they take minimal effort to care for.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera thrives in sunlight and doesn't require frequent watering, making it ideal for beginners. They raise oxygen levels while absorbing CO2, and of course, their leaves can be harvested to make your own deep conditioners, gels, and skin care products!
2. Snake Plant
Snake plants are one of the easiest plants to care for; this was actually my very first house plant. They don't require excessive sunlight to grow and only need to be watered once every 2 weeks. It specifically releases O2 at night, helping you sleep better and relax. It also smelled really good too! At least to me...the very first night sleeping with my snake plant in my room, I took a deep inhale in the middle of sleeping and got a whiff of fresh greenery that lowkey woke me up but simultaneously relaxed me even more than I already was.
3. Peace Lily
Peace lilies thrive in humidity and partial sunlight and actually blooms flowers during the spring unlike the other 2 plants listed. They have been found to be very effective at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from the air through their leaves.
Do you have any house plants? If so, which ones? Comment below!