It’s Time to Cleanse the Air

Breathing is a part of life that’s of utmost importance, but something we rarely spend much time thinking about — our bodies naturally take care of this task for us without any thought.  There’s nothing sweeter than taking a deep breath of fresh air.  But how often do you consider the air you breathe day in and day out in your living space?

Why Should You Focus on Cleansing the Air?

There are many reasons to focus on creating a less toxic indoor environment. As a consequence of the energy crisis in the 1970s, today’s homes and offices are built to conserve energy and the outcome has been a lack of air exchange, with the resulting increase in indoor air pollution.

Are Toxins Are Making You Tox-Sick?

The sources of chemical emissions that cause indoor air pollution include acetone, alcohols; ammonia; benzene; chloroform; formaldehyde; and xylene.

These chemicals are found in cosmetics, nail polish remover, office correction fluid, pre-printed paper forms, adhesives, carpeting, caulking compounds, ceiling tiles, floor coverings, paints, particleboard, stains, varnishes, cleaning products, electrophotographic printers, microfiche developers, photocopiers, photography supplies, plastics, spot removers, solvents, tobacco smoke, wall coverings, carpet glue, draperies, fabrics, facial tissues, furniture made from preserved wood, gas stoves, grocery bags, paper towels, permanent-press clothing, plywood, upholstery, computer VDU screens, and community water supplies that add chloroform to chlorinated tap water.

Symptoms of Breathing Toxic Air

The World Health Organization has stated, there’s probably more damage to human health from indoor pollution than from outdoor pollution. The World Health Organization has stated, there’s probably more damage to human health from indoor pollution than from outdoor pollution.

The World Health Organization has stated, there's probably more damage to human health from indoor pollution than from outdoor pollution. Click To Tweet

Symptoms associated with indoor pollution include allergies, asthma, eye, nose, and throat irritations, fatigue, headache, nervous system disorders, and respiratory and sinus congestion. In today’s society, more and more people exhibit these symptoms as a result of staying indoors the majority of the time.

Using Houseplants and Essential Oils to Cleanse the Air

One of the ways we can change this predicament is to become knowledgeable about and responsive to the environment that we live and breathe in. Foliage plants give us the opportunity to not only provide the calming influences of nature in our homes and workplaces, but also provide us with the oxygen we need to live. In a study conducted by N.A.S.A., researchers found that plants also clean the air inside our homes, buildings, and offices.

In addition to plants, my favorite way to cleanse indoor air is with essential oils.  These, together and separate, can remove the toxins that you don’t see, clean the air in your home, and add an ambiance.  Breathe new life into your home by using these plants and essential oils to purify your living space.

  1. Aloe Vera

Not only is it a great plant to keep around for relieving burns, but it’s also amazing for drawing formaldehyde from the air. Plus, in small spaces, just one will work wonders.

  1. Lemon Essential Oil

This oil purifies the air plus it has a very uplifting impact on you. Try diffusing some in the morning as you get ready for work.

  1. Fern

Ferns are perfect for your bathroom space because they’re happiest in humidity. While they’re there, they will take all the xylene from the area for a cleaner and healthier you.

  1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

There’s a reason you smell this essential oil in spas everywhere. It purifies the air to keep it fresh plus it is an ideal natural decongestant. Use it in the chillier months or when allergies strike to clear the air and your sinuses too.

  1. Spider Plant

If you’ve avoided keeping plants around the home because you’re not good at keeping them alive, then this plant is a good choice. It doesn’t need watering very often and is fantastic for absorbing any chemicals released into your air.

  1. Tea Tree Essential Oil

This air-purifying oil is one of the best since it fights away mold. Mold can lurk behind walls and may not be visible to you while still causing irreparable harm to your health. Tea tree essential oil can assist with keeping this from happening.

  1. Chrysanthemums

According to NASA, this is the best natural air purifier you can keep in your home. It destroys air pollutants, keeping your home’s air clean and fresh.

  1. Snake Plant

If you have a space in your home that doesn’t get much sunlight, you’ll like this plant. It’s as easy to care for as the spider plant too.

For the best clean air in your home, try incorporating both plants and essential oils. You can diffuse the oils, or you can spray them around your house daily. Unless you have a considerable space, one plant should do the trick in each room. See how much better you feel when you purify your air naturally!

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