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Plants for Air Quality & EMFs

Years ago, I never had plants in my home. Why? Because I couldn't grow anything. I wasn't a fan of succulents, and I felt that growing plants required some type of green thumb (which I didn't possess). But if you're determined like me to start growing beautiful indoor plants to help the quality of your air and are also aesthetically pleasing, you've come to the right blog post! So, where can you start? Finding plants that are right for the flow of your home can be trickier than your think, especially if you are in need of low light, low maintenance plants.



One of the main questions I get daily is how to decrease radiation. We know that EMFs exist all around us, and sadly we cannot escape them in our homes. So, what can we do besides utilizing shielding or neutralizing devices? A balanced approach is key. I've compiled a detailed list of over 20 different air filtering plants that can be used within your home to help clean your indoor air, but also decrease EMF exposure and radiation. Plants are truly magical, and many families don't utilize them enough. We see fake plants being promoted on social media often, however, plastic plants don't offer the amazing benefits that real plants do.


  1. Spider Plant

  2. Aloe Vera

  3. Rubber Plant

  4. Snake Plant

  5. Bamboo Palm

  6. Peace Lily

  7. Dracaena

  8. Boston Fern

  9. Golden Pothos

  10. English Ivy

  11. Chinese Evergreen

  12. Philodendron

  13. Areca Palm

  14. Ficus Tree

  15. Gerbera Daisy

  16. Chrysanthemum

  17. Red-edged Dracaena

  18. Lady Palm

  19. Janet Craig

  20. Warneck Dracaena



It's important to note that while these plants can help improve air quality and decrease EMF exposure, they are not a substitute for proper air filtration systems and EMF shielding measures. These are other things that you should consider when you are looking into decreasing EMF radiation within your home, and also improving the overall quality of your air (such as getting an air purifier, and utilizing EMF blocking or neutralizing devices).


Here are details when it comes to each plant and the benefits of what they filter:

  1. Spider Plant - Spider plants are excellent for removing formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. They are also known for their ability to reduce the levels of carbon monoxide in the air.

  2. Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera is a popular plant known for its medicinal properties. It also has air-purifying abilities and can filter out formaldehyde and benzene from the air.

  3. Rubber Plant - Rubber plants are effective in removing formaldehyde from the air. They are also known for their ability to remove airborne bacteria and mold spores.

  4. Snake Plant - Snake plants are one of the most effective plants in removing formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. They are also known for their ability to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the night.

  5. Bamboo Palm - Bamboo palms are excellent at filtering formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and other toxins from the air. They are also effective in removing humidity from the air.

  6. Peace Lily - Peace lilies are known for their ability to filter out formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. They are also effective in reducing the levels of mold spores in the air.

  7. Dracaena - Dracaena plants are excellent for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. They are also effective in reducing the levels of xylene in the air.

  8. Boston Fern - Boston ferns are known for their ability to remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. They are also effective in increasing the humidity levels in the air.

  9. Golden Pothos - Golden pothos is an excellent plant for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air. They are also effective in removing the harmful toxins from cigarette smoke.

  10. English Ivy - English Ivy is an effective plant for removing formaldehyde from the air. It is also effective in removing airborne mold spores and can reduce the levels of fecal matter in the air.

  11. Chinese Evergreen - Chinese evergreens are effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxins from the air. They are also known for their ability to remove harmful chemicals found in household cleaning products.

  12. Philodendron - Philodendrons are known for their ability to remove formaldehyde from the air. They are also effective in removing allergens and airborne bacteria from the air.

  13. Areca Palm - Areca palms are known for their ability to filter out formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air. They are also effective in removing airborne mold spores.

  14. Ficus Tree - Ficus trees are effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. They are also effective in reducing the levels of airborne bacteria and mold spores.

  15. Gerbera Daisy - Gerbera daisies are effective in removing formaldehyde and benzene from the air. They are also known for their ability to increase the levels of oxygen in the air.

  16. Chrysanthemum - Chrysanthemums are known for their ability to remove formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxins from the air. They are also effective in removing airborne mold spores.

  17. Red-edged Dracaena - Red-edged dracaenas are effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. They are also effective in removing airborne mold spores.

  18. Lady Palm - Lady palms are known for their ability to remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air. They are also effective in removing airborne mold spores and increasing humidity levels in the air.

  19. Janet Craig - Janet Craigs are effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and other toxins from the air. They are also effective in removing airborne mold spores and can improve air quality in damp areas.

  20. Warneck Dracaena - Warneck dracaenas are effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. They are also effective in removing airborne mold spores and can improve air quality in areas with high levels of indoor pollutants.


It's worth noting that many of these plants are also known for their ability to reduce electromagnetic fields (EMF) exposure and radiation. While more research is needed to determine the extent of their benefits in this area, some studies have suggested that certain plants, such as spider plants and aloe vera, can absorb harmful electromagnetic radiation and reduce exposure to EMF, say WHAT?!

Overall, incorporating air-filtering plants into your home can help improve air quality, reduce exposure to harmful toxins and pollutants, and potentially decrease exposure to EMF radiation. Do you currently have any plants in your home? Consider the list above to build your collecting, and find what's right for your home in regards to amount of light and water needed on a weekly basis. My personal favorite are figgy leaf trees, as they have larger surface area leaves, meaning they will trap more VOCs in comparison to smaller leaf plants.



Make sure you do your research in regards to what works for your home, specifically if you have pets that like to eat plants. Many plants can be toxic to pets and children if ingested. Here's a list of the plants mentioned earlier that have the potential to be toxic (including the low light ZZ plant which is a lazy girl's favorite):


  • Aloe Vera - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • Rubber Plant - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • Snake Plant - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • Peace Lily - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • Dracaena - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • Golden Pothos - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • English Ivy - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • Philodendron - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested

  • Chrysanthemum - Toxic to cats and dogs if ingested



It's important to take precautions if you have pets or children in the home. Consider placing these plants in areas that are out of reach such as on the fireplace or up on a high shelf, or consider opting for non-toxic alternatives if you are concerned about the risk of ingestion. We currently don't have any pets, so this is not an area of concern for our family.


So why go to all this trouble to help mitigate EMFs? The potential health risks of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are still being studied, but some research suggests that high levels of exposure can have negative effects on the body. There is more information coming out weekly on this topic. Here are some potential ways in which EMF exposure may impact the body:


  • Cancer: There is some evidence that exposure to high levels of EMFs may increase the risk of certain types of cancer, such as brain tumors and leukemia. While more research is needed to fully understand the link between EMF exposure and cancer, some studies have suggested a possible connection.

  • Neurological Disorders: Exposure to high levels of EMFs may also be linked to an increased risk of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Some research has suggested that exposure to EMFs may have negative effects on the nervous system and may contribute to the development of these conditions.

  • Reproductive Health: Exposure to high levels of EMFs may also have negative effects on reproductive health, including reduced fertility in men and women. Some studies have suggested that exposure to EMFs may damage sperm cells and reduce the quality and quantity of sperm.

  • Other Health Effects: Some people may also experience symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and insomnia as a result of exposure to high levels of EMFs. It has also been found to worsen disabilities like ADHD in children. While more research is needed to fully understand the potential risks, it's important to take precautions to minimize exposure to EMFs.



In terms of tumor development, there is some evidence to suggest that exposure to high levels of EMFs may contribute to the development of tumors. This is why concerns for building cell towers and other EMF emitting devices near schools and neighborhoods is a focus. Are plants really that powerful? They definitely help! Snake plants are believed to be effective in absorbing harmful radiation emitted by electronic devices such as computers, televisions, and cell phones. Aloe Vera - Aloe vera plants are believed to be effective in absorbing electromagnetic radiation from electronic devices such as televisions, computers, and microwaves. Spider plants are believed to be effective in reducing levels of harmful radiation emitted by electronic devices such as computers, televisions, and Wi-Fi routers. Amazing news right?! Go out and buy some plants :-)





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