Indoor plants can do much more than decorating in a home; they can also help lower the EMF levels to a reasonable extent. There are not many studies that show how plants absorb EMF radiation, but one in particular undertaken by NASA demonstrated that this might be the case. Growing indoor plants is healthy anyway, so we might want to add ‘EMF control’ to the long list of benefits.
As a note of caution, you must not consider plants as the primary method of EMF radiation control. You will still need the proper setup of dirty electricity filters, a WiFi router guard, and other EMF shielding methods for complete control of over 95% of EMF radiation at home.
Plants are a great addition to your strategy and a smart way to get rid of the last 5% that is not eliminated by standard shielding methods.
Can plants absorb EMF radiation?
The topic of plants and EMF has been controversial for a while. As EMF-aware people, we have many reasons to believe plants are capable of EMF reduction at home.
The most significant proof comes from a 2005 NASA experiment on indoor plants in a home-based setup. Scientists noticed a considerable fall in the overall EMF and air pollutants present in the place.
Although the study determined that plants could remove toxins from the air, it also found that EMF levels were reduced from at least five plants commonly planted in-house at home or in offices – and cactus was one of them.
Ever since the study, NASA headquarters have increased the greenery and indoor plants in their NASA offices.
Another factual proof of the plant’s ability to absorb radiation is the use of the sunflower plants after the Chernobyl incident. The planting of sunflowers days after the incident helped lower the radiation.
So, the answer is yes: plants can absorb EMF. However, plants won’t absorb all the radiation emitted from every device in your home. Radiation travels in straight directions, and bounces or passes through some other materials.
What other benefits do indoor plants offer?
You shouldn’t be getting into indoor gardening just for the sake of EMF radiation control alone. As we mentioned earlier, plants alone cannot protect you and your family from EMF at home. However, plants can contribute to a healthy environment and have a lot of other benefits.
One important benefit of indoor plants is air purification. Plants not only convert carbon dioxide into oxygen during photosynthesis but also absorb toxic particles and gases in the air.
10 indoor plants to lower EMF radiation at home
Built to last in the poorest climatic conditions is also good at EMF absorption. One of the easiest to maintain. Watering once in 2 or 3 weeks can keep them going.
Also known as ‘snake plant’ or ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ is well known for its anti-pollutant nature. It is said to absorb more than 100 toxic substances in the air.
#3. Spider plant
Another succulent in the list. Like other plants in its family, it is easy to grow and has excellent EMF absorption capabilities. One distinct way it differs from other succulents is that it spreads very well.
#4. Betel Leaf
It has been proven to give good results on EMF absorption based on an experiment in India. Betel leaf is a climber, so you need to put it in the right place, to be able to hang and grow. It requires direct sunlight, so it needs to be close to a window to grow healthy.
Sunflower was the first proven plant that was widely adopted for EMF absorption. Growing it indoors requires some gardening skills. You can give it the light it needs by setting up a LED light if you can’t place it under direct sunlight.
#6. Gerbera Daisy
Another flowering plant on the list. It was part of the experiment NASA conducted and has proven to be an effective antipollution plant. It also requires sunlight for indoor growth.
You might have heard of this plant when talking about herbal oils. The flower has many medical benefits; it also purifies the air and can control radiation. It is a small plant and looks beautiful anywhere, making it an ideal candidate to place on your working desk to reduce EMF from electronic gadgets.
#8. Aloe Vera
Another succulent, it is has been proven to be effective on EMF reduction, apart from being one of the best plants to treat skin problems and burns. It is very easy to grow and spreads quite well.
#9. Rubber Plant
Rubber Plant or Ficus Decora looks great anywhere in the house and grows very fast. It has been considered an outdoor plant. However, it is also possible to grow it indoors with minimal effort. Its beautiful leaves look perfect, neat, and tidy.
#10. Maidenhair fern
Also known as ‘Adiantum Raddianum,’ this plant is one of my favorites. It is a common choice for home decoration both indoors and outdoors. Indoors would be best if you placed it in a bright, indirect area of the home. It has a light gray-green, feathery-like foliage, and it is a North American native.
Best plant placement for EMF control
Once you have decided what plants would look better in your home, it’s time to think about where to place them.
As plants absorb EMF radiation when it’s directed to them in a straight line, you will need to place them as close to the source of EMF radiation as possible to block it efficiently.
Identify hotspots of radiation. Usually, your WiFi router, smart meter, microwave oven, and other appliances are the primary sources of EMF radiation. Use an EMF meter to know what devices emit more radiation in the house. Once identified, prepare an EMF map similar to the one below, so you can be clear on where it comes from.
The ideal indoor placement for plants recommended by NASA is one plant per 1,075 sqft. There is no harm in using more of one plant, but you have to place them in the right place to get maximum absorption and make sure the plants receive the light they need.
Place at least two plants to either side of EMF hotspots like your computer desk, mains box, TV, or WiFi router. Remember that EMF passes through walls, so consider placing a plant on the other side of the wall if the source is significant.
The more spread the plant is, the more efficient the EMF absorption will be. So, grow your plants wide or grow them on the wall. A vertical garden is an excellent way to add cacti as they don’t spread much.
If you notice the plants starting to go brown, it means the radiation levels are too high. Then is when you need to introduce physical EMF shields.
So, here you have: another solution to minimize EMF radiation.
Now you have an even better reason to add indoor plants to your home. Every plant has medical and environmental value. Studies show that interacting with indoor plants may be able also to reduce stress and anxiety. Experiencing nature, in general, can lower blood pressure and improve your mental health.
Indoor plants are one way to improve air quality and EMF radiation at work and home. Choose plants that will thrive indoors, and ensure they get enough sun and water… and enjoy!