Every day we all breathe in toxins that degrade our health, but how often do we stop to think about the quality of the air in the personal spaces we inhabit?
To that end, I want to talk about a cheap household upgrade you can make that will have a dramatic impact on your every-day health.
But first, a quick story …
You see, I used to live in a place with disgusting air quality from busy street traffic and a nearby airport. Not a great choice on my part, but it led to an amazing discovery.
Here’s what I found out …
I was doing some long-term damage to myself from the reduced oxygen levels, increased CO2 levels, and hundreds of contaminants I was breathing in all night.
And when I went outside all I did was sneeze, so that wasn’t an option.
But if I was going to be stuck inside most of the time, I realized, then I needed a way to clean up the air inside my place.
So, I looked at fancy indoor air purifiers like Molekule and the standard HEPA options, but they are far from natural. Plus, they’re pretty noisy.
Then, I learned something extraordinary …
You can completely purify and oxygenate the internal air environment in your home or office with nothing but plants!
That’s right … houseplants. Who knew?
Well, apparently NASA did, because they conducted a study to see how astronauts could grow their own fresh air on long-haul space missions.
NASA discovered 3 green plants that produce all the fresh clean air inside that you need.
Here’s the short version:
NASA’s Top 3 Houseplants for Clean Air:
1.Bedroom Plant: converts CO2 into oxygen at night
2. Pothos: removes formaldehyde and other volatile chemicals polluting the air
3. Areca Palm: removes CO2 and converts it into oxygen.
Just remember that plants are sorta like fish – every region has a different name for them, so it can get confusing real fast.
When buying houseplants, use their scientific or Latin names to avoid confusion.
3 Plants That Condition Your Air:
Here’s a breakdown of the 3 houseplants NASA recommends using to improve the air quality in your home or office … I recommend getting all 3:
It is commonly known as the Snake Plant, Mother in Law’s Tongue, or Viper’s Bowstring.
If you were to just go and get one plant for the health benefits, get this one.
They barely need any light or water, so they’re hard to kill.
And they release tons of oxygen at night, along with a nice humidifying effect.
This is also known as a Money or Jade Plant. This is the plant that removes volatile chemicals from your air like formaldehyde.
Most indoor environments are full of off-gassing furniture and other consumer goods, so having a few of these guys around is always a good idea.
It also goes by “Butterfly Palm”, “Yellow Palm” or “Golden Cane Palm.”
This one is basically a CO2 scrubber, it removes excess CO2 and converts it to oxygen, 24/7. They’re big and take a lot of water though, so just beware of that.
According to NASA, it takes 7 Bedroom plants, 7 Pothos, and 4 Areca Palms for one person to grow 100% of the air they need in a sealed environment.
Naturally, that’s what I got and immediately installed them in my bedroom. It looked like a jungle but also really inviting and calming.
And this air purification was silent, unlike some machine whirring away all night long.
Plants are cheap over the long term, emit oxygen, and reduce CO2 – unlike mechanical air cleaners – all while not emitting any EMF or noise pollution.
After just one night, I woke feeling more alert and refreshed, most likely from the increased oxygen content of the air.
Also, I wasn’t as thirsty, and my nasal tissues weren’t as irritated in the morning thanks to the increased humidity – a HUGE secondary benefit. Most indoor environments are below the 52% humidity that is optimal for humans.
If you’re like I was, then you’re probably itching to go out and buy some green houseplants to start upgrading the quality of the air in your living or working space.
Just be sure to read up on their nutrient, light, and water requirements so you can take care of them properly. If you do, then they’ll take better care of you, in turn.
One must have is quality potting mix – never potting soil – free of toxins and mold.
If you buy plants from a big-box store, they are likely loaded with toxic pesticides and fertilizers; which kill beneficial bacteria in the soil that the plant needs to thrive.
Therefore, try to buy from a local, naturally oriented nursery if you can.
Also, just like there are probiotics for gut health, there are probiotics for plant soil health. The one I use for my plants is from Japan, and it has decades of history. It’s called “EM-1 Microbial Inoculant.” I highly recommend it.
Lastly, like your own body, it’s important that you give your plants the right amount of water.
But what about the quality of the water you use? This is also crucial and commonly overlooked.
If you’re reading this, then you probably already know I’m a big fan of structured water. Well, I also water my plants with it! It’s more bioavailable to them and they like it.
I use a Natural Action Technologies (NAT) portable water filter, but there are also dedicated garden units for a hose. Choose the one that’s best for you and your space.
If you’re currently spending a lot of time indoors, at least get a few Bedroom Plants so you can breathe in the oxygen they release all night.
Again, you can’t go wrong with any of these houseplants. I say go wild and get all 3 … lots of them!
Trust me, it’s worth it.
And, yes, I moved away from that toxic spot into a place with a yard, trees, etc. but I still have the plants … they’re my friends now!
'Til Next Time ... To Your Better Health,