Pollution has been on an alarming rise in the past decade. The quality of the outdoor air has caused severe health problems in the residents ranging from respiratory disorders like asthma to the more debilitating mental, cognitive and stress disorders. Last year in January, the residents of the suburban salt lake city apartments witnessed thick unhealthy smog settled over the area for several days – a direct effect of the pollutants present in the air.
But what’s more aggravating is the amount of indoor pollutants that we live with every day. Paints, plastics, cleaning solutions, rubber, synthetic fibers and a lot of other things that your indoors are made of release toxic carbon compounds in your indoor air – formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene and methanol to name a few.
On an average the amount of indoor pollutants is much higher than that outdoors. Their effects on your physiology are more significant because of their higher concentration. Short term effects include headaches, nausea, skin irritation etc. In the long term they may cause insomnia, depression, stunted physical and mental development in children, weak eyesight, respiratory, digestive and heart disorders, and an increased risk of cancer.
The most effective way to detox your apartment is to grow indoor plants that not only purify the air you breathe but also give your apartment a naturally sensuous aesthetic appeal. Here are the most healthy plants that you can grow indoors:
Aloe vera is a herb traditionally used as a natural medicine for centuries. It clears the air from benzene, formaldehyde and alcohols. It acts as a natural disinfectant and kills the germs and fungi floating in the air. Moreover, when ingested it boosts immune system, provides antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, necessary fatty acids and amino acids and is good for the heart. Direct application of the gluten inside the leaves keeps your skin smooth and young. Keep the plant in direct sunlight for best effects.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum) is another plant that effectively cleans out the most abundant and toxic household contaminants. You just need one plant per ten cubic metres of your indoor volume. It needs watering only once a week.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is a natural air filter very easy to grow. This plant is able to thrive in very inhospitable conditions, so you can put it under sinks, inside restrooms or near fireplaces without any harm. In addition to cleansing the air of the already mentioned pollutants, this plant also absorbs carbon monoxide, a deadly gas produced by burning wood or coal in insufficient air.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) is an evergreen plant requiring low light and irregular watering. It absorbs nitrogenous oxides and aldehyde derivatives from air.
Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum) is a beautiful bamboo-like plant that grows around five feet high. Besides filtering the air, it regulates the indoor moisture in dry months and provides cool shade in hotter ones. Keep it outside windows or in balconies where the air flows freely and mist it once in a while.