It’s an important time as ever to nurture our health and build upon our body’s internal protection system, the immunity. Many of us already know that fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are the easiest and quickest way to accomplish this…but did you know our environment is also an essential component to our vitality? Almost all elements we encounter on a day to day basis have been modified from what they once were hundreds of years ago. The materials we use, clothes we wear, water we drink and air we breathe, all contain (at least traces) harmful agents that can be detrimental to our overall well-being.
Luckily, there are things we can do outside of being a selective consumer, to offset these effects. One of which is creating an environment in your home that helps support a healthy immunity by cleansing the air with indoor plants. House plants can “scrub” the air of toxins and create a natural detoxification process. Plants absorb gases through pores on the surface of their leaves, the characteristic that facilitates photosynthesis which converts carbon dioxide into chemical energy.
However, scientists have discovered that plants can absorb many other gases in addition to carbon dioxide. Some of these include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are emitted as gases from certain solid or liquids. Even the microorganisms that live in the soil of potted plants play a pivotal role in neutralizing VOCs and other pollutants.
We’ve listed some of the best “air scrubbing” plants, not just for their ability to filter the air of toxins, but that are easy to grow with little maintenance. One of which, Aloe Vera, is multi-purpose as it also aids in digestion when ingested and soothes skin irritations and burns when used topically.