Top 3 purifying plants: how to say goodbye to eczema

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Contrary to popular belief, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Indeed, the composition of our household products and certain well-established habits can play a big role in the quality of the air we breathe. However, there are many natural ways to remedy this and we will develop some of them in this article. Nature being well done, purifying plants constitute a simple and accessible solution for all members of the family. This is a solution that you can start implementing now to benefit from its benefits in treating your eczema.

Why purify the air in your environment ?

There are many everyday products that can have a negative effect on our health without us suspecting it. Prolonged contact with certain products can cause side effects, including difficulty breathing, insomnia, mood swings... and also skin reactions such as eczema and psoriasis. Oxygen is one of the body's main "foods": we need it constantly, every second of our lives. It is therefore essential to ensure the good quality of the air we breathe and to regularly purify our interiors. Formaldehyde, benzene, trichlorethylene and xylene are common household pollutants that can cause side effects with prolonged contact. We can find them in many products such as: furniture products, construction materials, paints, glues, cleaning products, candles, cigarettes, barbecues, etc.

The 3 best houseplants to purify the air Certain plants can help significantly purify air quality.

• The Boston fern: perennial plant with evergreen foliage, the Boston fern is in the top ranking of depolluting plants. This beautiful plant appreciates indirect sunlight and is easy to care for. It will fit perfectly in your bathroom as long as it has a window. It will prefer well-drained, moist soil, rich in humus, neutral to acidic.

Aloe Vera: big star of our interiors, aloe Vera is a very pretty indoor plant that we can easily place in every room of the house. Watering should be uniform and light, around two to three times a month. Like the Boston fern, Aloe Vera does not like direct light.

• The areca palm: its designer look and decorative foliage make the areca palm a tropical plant of choice for decorating your interior. It is advisable to water it once or twice a week in spring and summer, then space out the waterings the rest of the year.

How to properly care for your houseplant ?

Caring for your plant depends on its nature. Getting information from a specialist is an excellent idea that will allow you to obtain valuable information regarding your young shoot. Regarding the plants mentioned above, it is very important to water them sparingly and not to leave water in the bottom of the pot or in the saucer of the latter at the risk of making your plant sick. Also, wait for the soil to dry out a little between each watering (usually once a week). These fantastic depolluting plants love light but it is recommended to place them away from direct sunlight, to preserve their pretty foliage.

Some tips to keep your plants healthy • diatomaceous earth: a small magic powder with multiple uses, this natural insecticide will find its perfect place in your cupboards. Simply sprinkle lightly on the soil of your plants and let the magic happen. Be careful, this technique will allow you to get rid of insects that could be lurking around your plants. You will have to opt for another alternative if you simply want to repel them while saving their lives. Coffee grounds are a good example of a very effective natural repellent.

• banana peel: rich in potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen proteins (among others), banana peel is an excellent natural fertilizer that we just need to cut into pieces before burying it at the base of our plants to enjoy all its virtues.

• egg shells: they provide the earth with calcium, a mineral essential for the development of certain plants, such as tomatoes, cabbage, radishes, carrots, beets, etc. You can grind them and add them to your natural compost or place them directly at the foot of your plants. Tip: Coarsely crushed egg shells can serve as a barrier for your plants: they will prevent certain pests from coming and enjoying them!

“In this case, diatomaceous earth is a variety of diatomite and contains fossilized remains of diatoms, marine micro-algae which secrete a siliceous skeleton that is found in quarries.”

Other ways to purify the air

Air Purifiers Air purifiers use a filter or filtration technology to capture pollutants from the air. They can be effective in eliminating allergens, fumes and odors. Nowadays we can find over-the-counter air purifiers in specialty stores or interior design stores.

Regular ventilation Ventilating your home regularly is another simple way to purify the air. Open windows and doors for at least 10 minutes a day to let in fresh air. The benefits of this action are not only physical, but also psychological because it allows us to start the day well by putting us in a more alert state of mind and aware of what surrounds us.

Elimination of sources of pollution The best way to purify the air in your home is to eliminate sources of pollution. This includes no longer smoking indoors, using non-toxic cleaning products and reducing the use of certain electronic devices. By implementing these simple but effective actions, and by adopting some purifying plants, you will be able to notice a significant improvement in the air you breathe.

Nathalie John, certified Ayurvedic medicine practitioner and web editor for Altheys

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