Plants That Decrease Toxins in Your Home


“Most people are not aware that certain chemicals and toxins are actually at a much higher level inside our homes,” writes Dr. Garrett Wdowin in an article on the Healthier Talk website.[1] eliquidsoutlet

 

It is inevitable in our toxic world, that our homes are subject to differing levels of chemicals and toxins. These are happily brought in from shopping centre shelves by way of cleaning products, sprays and detergents, from the surfaces we walk on, from touching public handrails and using public bathrooms and from the air we breathe, to name just a few. Many of us would have had the experience of flying into a major city and wondering what the orange/brown haze lingering above the city was actually made up of. In such polluted environments, it makes sense that the easiest way for toxins to enter our bodies is by inhaling polluted air particles through our lungs. singsanam

Home dwellers might not realise the major part they play in determining the levels of toxicity in the rooms of their homes. We buy furniture with new plastic polymers and fabrics coloured with exotic dyes, we use “state of the art” chemical cleaners, we plug fragrances into our electrical outlets and fill the air with chemicals and toxins 24 hours a day. The various workmen we invite into our homes also add to this toxic cocktail. In fact, in his book “Invisible Killers”, Dr Rik Deitsch et al suggest that continuous home exposure to chemicals and toxins is three times more likely to cause cancer that outdoor air pollution.[2] vigorousism

Research increasingly confirms the relationship between heavy metal toxicity, respiratory problems and ill health. For example, research shows that the presence of lead, cadmium, arsenic, tin, aluminium etc in our bodies is a major factor in immune system deficiency which can lead to serious illnesses including unexplainable cardiovascular problems, headaches, anxiety, osteoporosis, autism and many others. Given the inevitability of taking toxins into the body through the lungs, through our food, through household chemical use and through our lifestyles, it is essential that we investigate ways to prevent and improve the contamination of our home environment to maintain our long term health. kratom tablets

One suggestion is that chemical exposures inside our homes will be greatly decreased by removing our shoes at the door. Picking up toxins on our shoes is unavoidable. Given all the places our feet touch on the outside and all the floor surfaces they touch on the inside, this suggestion makes good sense. Removing our shoes at the door will prevent chemicals found on public bathroom floors, or pesticides on the ground, or oil residues on the road or in parking lots from entering our homes.

Another very effective way to improve the air quality in our homes is to add certain types of plants to each room. Studies were conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to investigate which plants could help to remove toxic chemicals from the air for use in space stations. The findings from these studies show that the most efficient plants at filtering formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene are:

  • Ficus (Ficus benjamina)
  • Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  • Mass cane (Dracaena massangeana)
  • Pot mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Warnecki (Dracaena deremensis “Warneckei”[1])

 

The idea of using plants in the home to help reduce toxins is further substantiated by the fact that some plants are used in research to test, and in some cases remove, toxicity in soil through a process called phytoextraction. For example, in his article ‘Phytoextraction: the use of plants to remove heavy metals from soils’, Nanda Kumar P. B. A. et al conclude that Brassica juncea, also known as mustard greens, Indian mustard and leaf mustard, may be used to clean up toxic metal-contaminated sites.[3]

Plants in the home add beauty and decrease toxic exposure for the inhabitants and they are a very effective way to improve air quality. It is recommended that at least one plant be placed in each room, not necessarily of the same variety, with more than one plant in rooms where we spend more time such as our loungerooms and bedrooms. While it is essential to reduce toxins in our homes, it is equally essential to remove toxins from our bodies in order to maintain long term good health.

 


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