How To Cut Your Cancer Risk With Houseplants

Lanu Pitan
Jan 17 · 4 min read

Having houseplants at home help remove common household toxins

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Last week, I did write about experimental research conducted in highly polluted areas of both China and America that showed how eating broccoli sprouts can detoxify the body from common pollution toxins. The common toxins especially benzene will be eliminated from your system via your urine if you make broccoli sprouts part of your regular meal.

It is a known established fact that some toxins in the body can cause cancer, so it is very important that we find a way of removing them both from our body and the day to day environment if we can.

Today, I want to go further on the research of using houseplants to further remove toxins from the household or office environment. Houseplants not only look good on your house and of course in your office, but they do also benefit the body system by helping to purify the air of common toxins. The result is that you breathe better cleaner air in the environment where it is placed.

What Are Common Household Toxins?

The most common household toxins are benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and formaldehyde, which are primarily in most cleaning products. We can also get toxins from the pollution that come in via the windows and doors, especially if we live close to motorways.

Naturally, most of us prefer to open our windows for fresh air, what we don’t want and we do get unfortunately from the fresh air that comes in is toxins from pollutions that are emitted from vehicles that drive past. Toxins from fumes emitted from types of machinery, if one is close by, as well as smokes from cigarettes, tobaccos and coal-burning stoves and other types of equipment.

However, if we have to close our windows, especially in depth of winter, we can purify indoor air by using houseplants. Peace lily and pothos plant are good for this. NASA Research in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of America discovered houseplants are good toxin filters.


It is a known fact that plants do convert carbon dioxide that we breathe out into oxygen, through a process known as photosynthesis. Photosynthesis also involves the use of soil micro-organism. The Oxygen is then recycled for us to breathe in, and the process is repeated.

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For adequate protection, one will need one standard houseplant per one hundred square feet of living space. This translate to one standard houseplant in a room.

Top Indoor Plants That Help Absorb Toxins

I have already said it that nature has a way to nurture and protect mankind naturally from toxins, but most of us ignore these simple remedy, thinking we know better, or for a more complicated one like air purifiers.

Naturally if one breathes in a cleaner and purer air, it balances and helps the body system, like clear the body air passage and including sleeping well. Here are top indoor plants that absorb toxins:

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) — is cheap, easy to care for and will thrive easily either with direct sunlight or household light and can survive on end with little water. This means it will survive your long stay away. Peace Lily also absorb water from its environment to keep its soil moist. This can double as balancing the humidity of the room and or office environment.

English Ivy (Hedera Helix) — is native to Europe and most Western Asia. It is easily maintained plant that adapts itself to the environment.

Photo: English Ivy (Nature Hills Nursery Photo)

Snake Plant/Mother-in-law tongue (Sansevieria Trifaciata) — is one of the plants used in NASA Research, and like the Peace Lily requires minimal care and can sustain neglect for your long holiday away.

Chinese Evergreen(Aglaonema) — thrives in medium to low indirect sunlight.

Ficus (Ficus Benjamina) — is the official national tree of Bankok, and is known as evergreen weeping fig or in the shop as fig plant.

Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica) — is a species of the plant in the fig class, and is native to South East Asia.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) — is a tropical perennial plant, native to Eastern and South Africa.

Photo: ZZ Plant by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

Like its counterpart in the plant family, it does tolerate low light, needs less frequent flowering and very long-lasting.

Take Action Now

What are you then waiting for? As mentioned earlier, nature has given us adequate protection against what could be damaging to our health. And adding one or more of these plants to our homes and office environment is a surer way to protect ourselves from environmental toxins.

Luckily these plants are cheap and are very affordable, so we don’t have any excuse really. To your health always.

Lanu Pitan

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A chartered accountant & writer. I write about Spirituality & The Role of Nutrition in Health. God speaks through nature, therefore seek out to understand HIM.

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