It is the festival of lights. A time when we celebrate the victory of good over evil, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance. A time when we celebrate the return of a famous Hindu God Ram, back to his kingdom, from fourteen years of exile. The festival is celebrated across large parts of Asia including Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, and India. In anticipation of the day, people clean their homes, renovate and decorate their homes and put on their best clothes, often bought new. Lamps are lit all over the house. Diwali, as it is commonly known, is also celebrated with the burning of firecrackers. Depending on the type and quantity you burn, these crackers may cause pollution in the homes and buildings that you live in.
Not just for Diwali, but in general, indoor plants can be an excellent way to reduce the effects of outdoor pollution. The pollution that affects our health includes formaldehyde, benzene, VOC’s, carbon monoxide and pesticides. A study conducted by NASA, called the NASA Clean Air Study, showed that several houseplants could remove most of these pollutants. These houseplants include English Ivy, Boston Fern, Aloe Vera, Areca Palm, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rubber Plant, Ficus Alii, among others. These plants work to remove the toxins and noxious gases from your home and also give out oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide while doing so. Think of this as an additional layer of cleaning for your home.
The study showed that your home required one houseplant per hundred square foot to be effective. Also, it was useful to have a wide variety of plants as each played a specific role in eliminating toxins. As you bring home the festival of lights, do consider bringing indoor plants that will keep your home detoxified for the rest of the year.