When I was pregnant with my 1st son is when I became even more aware of the toxins in our home, I started to get a little neurotic (according to my hubs...eye roll). I had already picked out a super organic crib mattress, organic clothes for him, safe soaps and shampoo and I was eating clean. Then I came to realize my couch, blinds, throw rug, new lazy boy etc... were super toxic. I found this site, as well I had been a fan of AdriaVasil for years, there were many e-mails back and forth. I even contacted Sara Snow the daughter of the owners of Eden Foods after watching her DVD Growing Green Babies.
Even though I was ready to gut the house and start again my husband wasn't on board. So the next best thing was to switch out what I could, make sure my son's room where he spent the most time was as toxic free as possible and I also stocked up on purifying plants. My house isn't super great for keeping them alive other then our living room but I tried (still trying) my best. I did have a fern in my son's room for awhile but it died... not enough light. It came to a point where I had to let all my new found knowledge sink in and relax, stress mentally was just as bad, but buying the plants were such a great eco friendly way to ease this new mamas mind.
Five and half years later and with a 1st floor reno, I have many of these plants thriving in our home ALONG with diffusers that diffuse essential oils to purify the air. Plus we open the windows every day even in the winter for a few minutes. The indoor air is 2-5 times more toxic then outside air, so open those windows, start diffusing essential oils and have many many plants in your home.
Here is a list of 6 of many air purifying house hold plants.
1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.
5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.