With so many external environmental pollutants, we often neglect to address the pollutants lurking within our internal environment–our home. Truth is indoor air is actually more polluted than outdoor air. We are exposed to tons of chemicals in an enclosed space. This includes paint, furniture, mattresses, skincare products, clothing, disinfectants, cleaning solutions and more.
The air quality at home is extremely important. It’s the air we breathe every single day. Because of this, purifying it is essential to optimal health. Here are a few ways to naturally purify your home.
Plants are known to purify and rejuvenate air. They increase oxygen, suck up harmful gases and toxins (ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde), and capture dust. As natural pollution fighters, one plant can purify about 100 square feet. Not only do plants help purify the air they also reduce stress which is another reason you should have them in your home.
Best purifying plants:
- Areca Palm is perfect anywhere.
- Chrysanthemums, or House Mums, love bright, sunny spaces.
- English Ivys are great for office spaces with computers.
- Money Plants can easily adapt anywhere.
- Spider Plants are great in the kitchen.
- Succulents are perfect in the bedroom.
Essential oils improve moods and reduce airborne bacteria. This is extremely important as we spend most of our time indoors breathing in toxic air–a breeding ground for bacterial infections. To breathe in cleaner air at home, add Essential Oils to a diffuser, cleaning products and soaps.
Best Purifying Essential Oils: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Thyme
* If someone has asthma, an air purifier is the best option. It’s the quickest way to remove harmful particles in the air. Let everything else I mention accompany an air purifier.
The use of salt lamps is a newer air purification trend. The salt crystals are known to reduce airborne allergens, irritants, and pathogens. What’s more, is Himalayan pink salt is an ionic air purifier that neutralizes toxins. A stylish, yet functional, room decoration.
Beeswax Candles are a good air purifying option to ionize air and neutralize allergens, contaminants, and toxins. The candles burn slowly with little to no smoke which is helpful for people with breathing problems.
Remember to eliminate the sources of pollution when possible. Open a window. Dust and vacuum your home often, and opt for natural, chemical-free cleaning products.
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