Plants: Boost Feng Shui and Remove Airborne Toxins

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The right house plants are your friend. They contribute to good feng shui by bringing color and lively energy to a space, while also helping to clean the air.

Many modern spaces are super tight to conserve a loss of energy, restricting an influx of fresh air. Combine this with household products that contain toxins, such as cleaning and personal care products, fabric finishes, synthetic fabrics, floors and carpets, furniture made from pressed wood, and more, and you have a toxic soup. It’s no wonder that asthma and breathing problems are on the increase.

The right plants help to create a healthier indoor environment by absorbing common toxins such as acetone, ammonia, benzene, chloroform, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, toluene, and xylene.

One of my favorite resources on this topic is the book: How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants That Purify Your Home or Office. First published in 1996, the author does a great job categorizing plants by the chemicals they remove, ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to infestation and transpiration rate (water evaporation from plant leaves).

Recently, the Good News Network shared a story about researchers at the University of Washington who genetically modified pothos ivy to remove chloroform and benzene, both of which are linked to cancer. Read more about this here:

The many green plants that clean the air include a wide variety of Palms and Philodendrons, Aloe Vera, Dracaena, Dragon Tree, Dumb Cane, Dwarf Banana, English Ivy, Ficus, Boston Fern, Corn Plant, Golden Pothos, Norfolk Island Pine, Prayer Plant, Schefflera, Snake Plant, Spider Plants and Weeping Figs.

Flowering plants include: Cyclamen, Peace Lily, Mums, Gerbera Daisy, Wax Begonia, Christmas and Easter Cactus, Orchids, Tulips, Lady Jane Anthurium, Kalanchoe, Poinsettia, Dwarf Azalea, and Urn Plant.

Although Bamboo is not on the list. Bamboo is a sustainable plant because it grows quickly. Most “Lucky Bamboo” plants are dracaena and not bamboo. They still work as a feng shui adjustment.  Here are some tips to propagate bamboo, as it can sometimes be a challenge to find:

The Bottom line? Plants help to create good feng shui and they’re healthy for your home or workspace. Keep them well-maintained and they’ll reward you in multiple ways.