Did it ever cross your mind that the indoor air quality of your home is worse than the pollution outside? Studies have already proven that the majority of American’s homes are packed with all sorts of VOCs, toxins and mold spores that are being breathed in on a daily basis.

And to think about it, we spend about 70% of our life inside of our homes. It’s no wonder why we are having health problems like never before.

This doesn’t go for the individuals who have already taken measures to purify the air in their homes, using air purification machines, HEPA filters and dehumidifiers. Those who aren’t doing anything about filtering and removing the dust, lint, toxins and other impurities are having their lungs and entire bodies infected.

The health concerns associated with poor indoor air quality

You’ve been living in a house for decades and feel fine, so what’s the big deal? Well, any problems you’re witnessing in your health could be caused by or irritated by airborne impurities. For instance, some symptoms most people witness include coughing, watery eyes, headaches, dizziness, sneezing and upper respiratory congestion.

If you have problems like wheezing, severe lung disease, nasal congestion, nose bleeds, sore throat or difficulty breathing, this could also be the culprit of poor indoor air quality. In severe cases, it can lead to eye irritations, rashes, chills, fever, lethargy muscle pain, nausea vomiting, rapid heartbeat and hearing loss.

Those who have asthma and allergies witness worsened symptoms as well.

Purifying your home with the help of mother nature

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You can go out and purchase expensive machines and filters for your home, but there is a cheaper and more natural way to go about it. By placing certain plants throughout your home, you can get rid of indoor pollution.

As you already know, plants create oxygen, but they are also nature’s air filters. I would also recommend buying a HEPA filter to keep out dust and mold. And if you have problems with humidity, a dehumidifier can definitely help keep mildew at bay.

Here is a list of plants that you can purchase for your home (and even your office):

Aloe Vera:

This may come as a surprise, but these succulent plants can clear away indoor toxins like benzene and formaldehyde, which are commonly found inside of chemical cleaners and paints. Not to mention you can also cut open a leaf and put the gel on cuts and burns.

Spider Plant:

You may have seen these a lot growing up, I know I have. My grandmother loved them — but who knew their benefit? They can remove benzene, formaldehyde, xylene (found in leather) and carbon monoxide.

Gerber Daisy:

If you like to have your clothes dry cleaned, you should place this beauty in your bedroom. It would also be great in the laundry room. It removes trichloroethylene that’s found in the products used for cleaning clothes.

Snake Plant:

Another popular plant that’s great at removing formaldehyde found in toilet paper, cleaning products and some personal care products. This is why it’s a great plant to place in the bathroom (if you have a window to allow in sunlight). It also removes toxins released from ink, such as those found in photocopiers.

Bamboo Palm:

This plant can grow as tall as 6 feet, so be careful of where you place it. Of course, you can always trim it as needed. This plant removes airborne chemicals, as well as acts as a natural humidifier (good if you have indoor air that is rather dry).

How to Care for your indoor plants

Remember to look into the needs of the plants that you decide to purchase. There are tons of others that you can buy at your local garden shop, but this short list is jut to give you a head start. They can typically be found rather easily, since they’re very common.

I chose these because they are easy to care for, and require little maintenance or sunlight. The style of plants you desire will help you decide which to purchase, for instance there are those with flowers, those that look like trees and bushes, and others that require hanging.

Aside from watering your plants, it’s important to use a natural fertilizer to help it stay alive, especially during the spring and summer when plants are used to being fertilized by animals. Mind the temperature of your home, as some plants do require warmer or cooler climates. Last, don’t forget sunlight — some plants like lots of it, while others…not so much.

Pay close attention to the leaves and flowers of your plant because they will tell you when something is wrong. Watch out for signs of disease (spots on the leaves), over-watering (when leaves turn yellow and stems become weak) or under-watering (leaves turn brown and shrivel up).

Adding plants to your home can add to its decor and improve the overall health of you and your family. So get rid of the fake plants and bring in some live ones and see how your symptoms go away!



Do you have house plants? They can be very useful to your health.

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