One of the most cheerful and lovely ways to detoxify and go “green” during pregnancy is to increase the plant life around you.
We know from massive studies — including groundbreaking work from NASA — that plants do a tremendous job filtering the air we breathe of harmful chemicals. All plants boost oxygen, but there are particular houseplants that also significantly reduce the presence of harmful household toxins such as benzene, formaldahyde, and trichloroethylene. These carcinogenic chemicals are found in (and can off-gas from) many common synthetic products and materials from sofas to cleaning agents to appliances.
The recommendation from NASA is to use about 15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in six- to eight-inch diameter containers for every 1,800-square feet. (Plants are a lovely idea for the nursery, too.)
Here are ten houseplants that have not only been recognized for their excellent air-purifying properties via The NASA Clean Air Study, but are low-maintenance, long-lasting, affordable and easy-to-find:
Other detoxing plants include the Rubber Plant, Mums, Gerbera Daisies, Aloe Vera and the Boston Fern.