flower gardenDuring winter you usually run out of fresh air at home. Your windows are probably shut since outside is cold and humid. As a result of this the quality of indoor air is poor. If you like using air-fresheners, don’t buy commercial ones, perhaps they contain a number of air pollutants that are not safe for you. You can find a bunch of other healthier alternatives to commercial air-fresheners.

Chemical exposure should be reduced in any way possible. Unfortunately, today it is impossible to live in a toxic-free world due to many factors. The least you can do is to try to minimize the use of chemically-laden products. Here we would like to talk about a few houseplants that can be used as natural air-fresheners. Read on.

According to research, indoor air is two to five times more contaminated than outdoor air. Our house interior is polluted by various chemical-based air-fresheners, detergents, cleaners and other household products. As a result the air in the house is stagnant and dirty. Luckily, there is a natural solution to this problem. You may already have it in the house. The following plants are considered toxic-free and resilient.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a plant with no naturally occurring populations. It is found in cultivation. This plant is widely used in alternative medicine and cosmetics. It is known to have soothing, healing and rejuvenating properties.

Having aloe vera in the house has another benefit – it freshens the air. Don’t be intimidated to use this powerful plant in your household.

Dracena

In Greek, Dracena means “female dragon”. It comes from the word drakaina. Dracena is found in the house as well. Dracena godseffiana, Dracena fragrans and Dracena braunil are just a few of the numerous houseplant species. The plant has dark green leaves.

It is very important to note that Dracena is claimed to be toxic to pets. For this reason, if you have animals at home, make sure you don’t use this plant as an air-freshener and keep it away from pets.

Dracena braunil is known in the States and The United Kingdom as “Lucky Bamboo”. If you reside in one of these countries, you probably heard the name.

Bamboo palm

Bamboo palm, also known as Chamaedorea sefritzii, is a small palm that likes shady spaces. It is one of the best houseplant that can filter the air. The palm produces small berries and flowers.

This plant has 107 species, most of which are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. The most popular of the species is Chamaedorea elegans, which is a houseplant.

The beauty of this palm makes it a favorite plant for many people. Now that you know it can be used to freshen and filter the air, you probably like it even more.

Some people call bamboo palm the reed palm.

Mentha (Mint)

Mint or mentha is a plant that thrives in moist soils and wet environments. It grows best near rivers, lakes and moist spots. flower gardenDespite that mint can tolerate a number of other conditions as well, so growing it in full sun is still possible. It is considered an invasive plant because it grows fast and spreads unchecked.

There are many species of mints including Peppermint, Spearmint and Brazilian mint.

Mint has a strong, fresh fragrance. Which is why it is appropriate to use as an air-freshener.

Place mint leaves in different parts of the house to freshen the air. You can even make your wardrobe smell nicely by putting mint leaves on the floor or among your clothes.

 

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