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Despite our best efforts to do what’s right for our bodies there are some things we can’t control — like air pollution.

Returning to London after Yoga Holiday With Paul in the Algarve I noticed the huge difference in air quality. Obviously there is nothing I can do about the big causes like traffic congestion and industrial emissions — apart from ride my bike, which I do.

There are small things we can do, though, to make a difference in our own space. House plants, like all plants, actually help purify the air. They are nature’s own detox machines!

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Photo by Andrew Spencer on Unsplash

I am not a plant expert so I looked for someone who was and found Patch — an urban garden company that designs and delivers plants for all seasons and situations.

They have a whole section dedicated to air-purifying indoor plants. According to its website, “house plants are also pretty nifty air purifiers. This is big news for city dwellers, since we spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors. Toxic chemicals drift into the air from furnishings, upholstery, building materials and cleaning products, making indoor air quality less than squeaky clean.”

Their recommendations include:

  • Weeping fig
  • Golden pothos
  • English ivy
  • Ficus elastica
  • Anthurium

If you’re pressed for time, like most of us, Patch hand-delivers plants to your home and offers ongoing care advice.

Getting started with house plants might sound intimidating. But when you think about the pollution coming in the windows, and from every day household objects, it definitely seems worth the effort of buying a watering can!

Read more: Breathe Clean – Natural Air Fresheners, Breathe In, Breathe Out