Plants That Purify
Though most of my posts are on recipes and fitness those actually only represent just a small portion of my lifestyle ideals. I strive for simplicity and peace. For mental health as much as physical. I try not to worry or stress. I avoid confrontation and remove myself from situations that are not positively contributing to my life. I believe that true health begins and ends with the health of the mind and body in harmony.
Something I value highly is the organization of our home. Like every parent I struggle with having a million things to do and two other schedules that come before my own. To make this work I need a place for everything…I need to know where things are…I need our home tidy. It makes me calm.
Something else that I need in our home to feel calm and peaceful is something alive in every room. This was not a conscious decision. In fact we have been in this home two years and it was just last week that the realization of it dawned on me as I brought home another plant. In every room in our home there is something living. Our bathrooms have Aloe Vera plants (that I use medicinally), there is bamboo in each of the kids rooms, there are Beta fish in our living room and mine, terrariums (I often wear the terrarium necklace seen in the pic) and plants. I feel it’s both beautiful and has a calming effect.
Plants, however, do more than just add beauty and a peaceful ambiance. They clean your air. And they are an extremely effective means of doing so. In fact, NASA research indicates:
“house plants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and also benzene.”
Here are the results of the NASA research study:
1 Areca palm Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
2 Lady palm Rhapis excelsa
3 Bamboo palm Chamaedorea seifrizii
4 Rubber plant Ficus robusta
5 Dracaena “Janet Craig” Dracaena deremensis “Janet Craig”
6 English ivy Hedera helix
7 Dwarf date palm Phoenix roebelinii
8 Ficus Alii Ficus macleilandii “Alii”
9 Boston fern Nephrolepis exalta “Bostoniensis”
10 Peace lily Spathiphyllum
~air purifier reviewsite (2010)
The latest plant I’ve added to our home is a Ponytail Palm (see pic below) and although it didn’t make the NASA list it is high up in terms of air purification and…I think it’s beautiful!
The only cautions when adding plant beauty to your home are in terms of animals and humidity. If you have pets please make sure to do some research and make sure they are safe. As for humidity, you will want to make sure your home is not above 50% to prevent against mould growth so make sure you have adequate space for the amount and size of plants you choose. Otherwise, Happy Growing and Purifying ?