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Studies show that we spend nearly 92% of our day indoors. In addition, some air pollutants are 100 times more concentrated inside our homes than outside. This means that the quality of the indoor air we breathe is important to our overall health.

Indoor air pollution occurs when certain pollutants from particles and gases contaminate the air of indoor spaces. These toxic particles and gases, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are released from man-made materials in our everyday spaces, including carpets, vinyl floors, cleaning products, air fresheners, paint, upholstery and more. Two of the most common examples of indoor VOCs are benzene, found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides, and cigarette smoke, and formaldehyde found in some cosmetics, dishwashing detergent, fabric softener, and carpet cleaner.

Entering a house or office building probably won’t make you sick immediately, but over time your body can absorb potentially toxic substances from the air. Exposure to indoor air pollution can resemble symptoms similar to a cold or seasonal allergies, including headaches, sore throat, dizziness, fatigue, runny nose and runny nose. itchy watery eyes. These symptoms usually disappear a few hours after leaving the polluted environment.

Although we are exposed to indoor air pollution on a daily basis, the good news is that you don’t need to invest in expensive air filtration and ventilation systems. There is another very practical and affordable way to clean indoor air: indoor plants.

Studies at the University of Georgia, Pennsylvania State University, and NASA have all shown that potted plants at home can absorb harmful chemicals through their leaves and roots. In a study with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, NASA researchers found that indoor plants were able to remove up to 87% of toxins from the air within 24 hours.

Indoor plants have other benefits as well. Researchers from the Royal College of Agriculture found that students were more attentive and more likely to return to class if there were plants in the lecture halls. The Agricultural University of Norway found that potted plants reduced stress for office workers and reduced the number of sick days taken. Additionally, they found that factories in the workplace reduced fatigue and increased productivity.

Experts recommend one plant (6 to 8 inches in diameter) for every 100 square feet. In office buildings, they recommend a large factory for two employees. While this may seem like an excessive number of plants for a large house or building, keep in mind that it’s better to have a few plants than none at all. When adding plants to your home or office, be sure to purchase them in clay pots, as plastic pots can release VOCs.

Here are five of the most beneficial houseplants for improving indoor air quality:

lily of peace

This tropical plant breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. They’re a great choice to add to your desk, as some studies show they absorb electromagnetic radiation from digital devices. They acclimatize to a variety of indoor environments, don’t require much light, and droop when water is needed.


english ivy

A common climbing plant outdoors, this ivy can reduce the amount of mold in the air inside your home and absorb toxins from cigarette smoke. It is said to be fantastic for asthma and allergies. It’s easy to grow and maintain, but can be harmful if eaten, so it’s wise to keep the plant away from pets and children.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant

This plant is easy to care for and grows well with little maintenance. It increases the supply of oxygen to the room, eliminates benzene, nitric oxide and formaldehyde. Do not overwater this plant, as it will rot if the soil is wet for too long. This plant can also be toxic when ingested, so be careful if you have pets and children.

Bamboo, Reed or Lady Palm

This plant thrives in low light conditions and easily tolerates the warm, cool air conditions of the home environment. It easily absorbs furniture outgassing, so if you’ve bought a new chair or sofa, you might want to decorate with this palm. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and add elegance to any room.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is well known for its healing properties and is particularly soothing for burns. However, it is also known to remove formaldehyde from the air. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window.

Adding a few potted plants can go a long way to improving indoor air quality and reducing health risks.

Pathways to Healing specializes in holistic chiropractic care. Dr. Alyssa Musgrove relies on a variety of techniques including chiropractic, kinesiology, nutrition, food allergy testing, and lifestyle counseling to help clients achieve health and wellness. be optimal in a setting. Pathways to Healing is located at 1022 Founders Row, Lake Oconee Village, Greensboro. The office can be reached at 706-454-2040.