Many people know that various types of indoor plants have the ability to purify air, but did you know that some can actually absorb and eliminate electromagnetic radiation? Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) emit radiation that can present various health risks. A wide array of modern gadgets, appliances, and even features of our city’s infrastructure (electric power lines) expose us to EMFs. Cell phones, microwaves, wi-fi routers–many of the everyday devices we rely on are associated with low-level EMF exposure, and scientists are still unable to determine: how much exposure is too much? If you’re concerned about this exposure and its potential health risks, simply adopt some plants that reduce EMFs in your setting.
Health Risks of EMFs
First, it’s important to note that low-levels of EMFs from common items like cell phones and microwaves are not regarded with high risk levels according to current research. Scientists are most concerned about devices like medical imaging machines that do release high-levels of EMFs. Individuals who are in routine and long-term contact with these devices may be at greater risk for developing certain types of cancers.
On the other hand, the World Health Organization along with many scientists have expressed concern that even low-level EMF exposure could affect neurological and even psychological health. EMFs occur naturally. Simply being out in the sunlight exposes us, but we can reduce them in our homes and workplaces. By featuring some of the following plants in your indoor space, you can reduce the potential threats that EMFs pose for your health.
Did you know that sunflowers were planted around Chernobyl to help absorb harmful radiation? These gorgeous plants can also reduce EMFs in the home or office. Water and fertilize regularly. Be sure these plants get at least six hours of sunlight daily.
Succulents and cactus plants thrive in the sunny Southwestern U.S. and arid regions of Mexico. Known to absorb EMFs, these plants are ideal for people who have yet to cultivate their green thumbs. These low-maintenance plants prefer a great deal of sunlight but don’t need much watering. In fact, place your succulents in a sunny window and water about twice a month. Never over water.
Betal Leaf Plant
With its rich green waxy foliage, the betal leaf plant is attractive but also one of the most trusted EMF removers because it’s been studied closely. This plant prefers a well-draining pot and a decent amount of sunlight. Water regularly (if leaves are drooping, it needs a drink) and prune to promote new growth.
Stone Lotus Flower
With its low profile and small growth habit, the stone lotus flower is perfect for desks or small spaces. This plant requires direct sunlight for about four hours each day and intermittent watering about every two to three weeks.
There are so many reasons to keep the aloe vera plant in your home. Its healing gel has the power to soothe a sunburn, for example. The EMF-reducing plant needs bright, indirect sunlight and regular watering for optimum health.
The head-turning areca palm is a beauty when it’s maintained for good health. This plant requires regular water, fertilization, and pruning.
Spider plants are highly popular and widely available indoor plants. They remove EMFs but also have other air-purifying properties. These plants require a sunny window and regular watering. Be sure to let the soil dry between waterings and never over water to prevent root rot.
With its distinctive foliage and vibrant green hue, the split-leaf philodendron is a stunner. This EMF-absorbant plant should not be kept in direct sunlight. It requires moderate watering (once a week) and a well-draining pot.
The trick to keeping attractive rubber plants healthy is to maintain their moisture requirements. Keep the soil moist (but not water-logged) and mist the foliage regularly. Misting helps the plant attract sunlight. Droopy leaves mean your plant needs watering. Only fertilize this plant during the growing season. Water less frequently during the dormant season.
The snake plant grows rapidly when it’s well cared for. This plant requires light watering (every two to three weeks) and medium exposure to sunlight. Never over water as these plants could be prone to root rot. Otherwise they are extremely self-reliant and easy to care for.