Harness the Power of Plants
According to Janowiak (2016), we are spending 90% of our time indoors. Air quality matters and influences holistic health (mind, body and spirit). Many experts agree that indoor furnishings, upholstery, synthetic building materials and products used to clean and maintain our environment emit toxic compounds. The studies done since the 70’s and 80’s have shown that easy-to-grow plants combat toxic emissions such as Formaldehyde, Xyene, Benzene and Trichlorethylene. These toxins are commonly found in grocery bags, natural gas, facial tissues, dyes, detergents, paints and dry-cleaned fabrics, just to name a few. In other words, they are all around us.
Have the ability to absorb some air particulates, cleaning the air around us. Additionally, microorganisms present in the potting soil are key to the cleansing effect (Janowiak, 2106).
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) research conducted in the 70’s discovered that, in addition to providing beauty, plants have an amazing ability to purify and revitalize the air.
According to Dr. Wolverton (part of the NASA team), there are about 50 plants that are easy to grow and have the ability to neutralize different emissions in our air. Here is a short list of some of the highest-scoring ‘air cleaning’ plants:
Get on board with the science from NASA and other experts – use houseplants to help clean up the air around you!