Plants that absorb radiation, including EMF radiation, can be an important part of your whole-house EMF protection strategy. As a bonus, many of these same easy to grow common house plants have been shown to reduce harmful levels of other indoor pollutants.
EMF or electromagnetic fields is naturally occurring radiation. However, because of the prevalence of digital technology, EMF has also become a significant presence in our homes at levels that potentially pose health risks, especially for sensitive individuals. Combine that with increased chemical exposure from cleaners, synthetic materials, and poor air circulation, and plants may be the cheapest and most effective tool to improve our indoor environments and improve our health!
Sources of EMF Radiation
There are many natural sources of electromagnetic fields in our natural environment. For instance, the earth generates its own magnetic field, which allows animals such as fish and birds to use it to navigate. It also allows us to use compasses to orient ourselves. The sun also emits EMF, which is visible on Earth as natural light.
However, EMFs from manmade sources are increasingly prevalent in our indoor environment as well, due to our increasing use of technology. Cellphones, microwave ovens, and Wi-Fi routers all emit radiation. However, this does not mean that you are in danger all the time; the risks depend on the type of EMF you are exposed to and how close you are to the source.
Potential Health Risks of EMF Radiation
The majority of EMF in our homes is non-ionizing or low-level radiation. This comes from the appliances and other devices we use, as well as power lines and electrical sockets which also emit radiation. More recently, our homes are using WiFi routers and Bluetooth communications for school, work, entertainment, security and even to operate appliances.
The more dangerous type of radiation is ionizing or high-level radiation. The major sources of this type of EMF include X-rays from medical devices as well as sunlight. This is why too much exposure to the sun can cause skin damage as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer.
While government agencies continue to say there is “no conclusive evidence” that EMF causes tumors or cancer, there are thousands of studies linking EMF radiation exposure to a wide variety of health effects. And internationally, according to the World Health Organization EMF may be carcinogenic in the same class as pesticides and asbestos.
One particular form of cancer that EMF may be linked to is leukemia. A recent study showed that adults who were exposed to radiation for years had a greater risk for a certain type of leukemia. Some researchers in Europe also found a possible link between leukemia in children and EMF exposure. However, these links are not definitive and more research continues around the world.
Another possible health risk associated with radiation is psychiatric and neurological issues. Studies found a link between exposure to radiation and changes in nerve functions. This resulted in problems such as changes in mood and sleep patterns.
Plants That Protect You Against EMF Radiation
There are certain species of plants that you can keep in your home that are known to provide protection against EMFs. These plants work by absorbing the radiation before it can reach you. Basically, plants work best if they are placed next to the radiation source or at least between the source and people.
Fortunately, when the plants absorb EMF it does not cause the plant harm. Instead, it turns radiation into heat and causes the hydrogen in water molecules to break down. This is why plants that have higher water content are more effective in absorbing radiation.
9 Plants That Effectively Absorb Radiation:
This is one of the best plants to keep around you if you are worried about the negative effects of EMF. It is known to absorb radiation from cellphone towers as well as home computers. If you think about it, these plants have adapted and thrived in environments where they absorb very intense solar radiation.
One great advantage of cacti is that they do not need a lot of maintenance. Unlike other plants, you don’t need to water them every day, but only when the soil becomes dry.
But you should keep them near a window to ensure that they get the light they need. Just make sure that they are within the line of sight from your computer so that they can do their work.
This is a succulent plant that is also known for its protective effects against EMF. Succulent plants store water in stems and/or leaves and this watery quality allows them to absorb radiation without damage.
Aloe Vera also has many medicinal benefits. The sap in its leaves has a soothing effect that you can use on mild burns. You can also use the sap on your hair and skin to moisturize it.
When you are growing Aloe Vera in a pot, make sure that it has plenty of drainage since the soil must be moist but not too wet. You should also ensure that it has sufficient light by placing it within three feet of a window.
This is a decorative plant that you can grow in hanging pots that you can place around your home. Aside from its protective effects, it also has anti-oxidant properties that allow it to withstand damage caused by radiation.
However, it needs to be maintained properly to ensure it stays healthy. It has to be watered and fertilizer periodically added to the soil to ensure it has the nutrients it needs.
This plant is a member of the cabbage family whose leaves are edible, with a strong bitter and spicy flavor. They are typically eaten steamed, stir-fried, or broiled, and can also be pickled.
These plants should ideally be grown outdoors. However, you can start them outdoors or under grow lights. When they have sprouted, you can place some in a pot to bring inside. They are effective at absorbing the background radiation in your home as well as giving you cleaner indoor air.
This is another succulent plant that is also popularly used for decorating homes. Its small size makes it ideal for keeping on your work desk. You can place it beside your computer to absorb excess EMF.
One advantage of the Stone Lotus is that it is low-maintenance. It thrives with minimal water and light. You can also plant it in a pot with stones that allow it to hold its moisture for as long as two to three days.
This is a vine that is mostly found in South Asia and is considered an ornamental plant. Aside from protecting you against radiation, the betel leaf also has many other medicinal properties, such as being anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic. It also has health benefits that include helping improve digestion, ease constipation, and alleviate respiratory issues.
The plant can be consumed in a variety of ways. The leaves can be crushed and taken as a paste or a tea by soaking them in water.
Betel leaf can be grown in containers, ideally on your balcony. They can also be grown indoors as long as they are in an area where there is partial sunlight. Although they thrive best in tropical and subtropical climates they can also be grown in colder climates in hanging baskets and with extra care.
This is an evergreen that is mostly found in South and Southeast Asia. It has reddish or waxy green leaves and can grow up to 40 meters. Aside from protecting you against EMF it can also have a positive effect on the air quality in your home.
Rubber plants are grown in pots from cuttings and can be placed in areas with lower-light or indirect bright light. Make sure you keep the soil evenly moist to ensure that your plant thrives.
This is another plant that can improve your air quality by removing volatile organic compounds from the atmosphere. It gets its name from the wavy pattern of the leaves, which looks like snakeskin.
The plant grows tall but does not broaden. They can thrive in bright light or near dark but ideally should have steady indirect light. Grow it in good potting soil and avoid over-watering. You should allow the soil to dry out in between watering.
The Snake plant thrives best in winter climates. Water it once a week during winter and once a month for the rest of the year.
Like the Snake plant, the Spider plant is very easy to cultivate and creates an abundance of baby plants. The plant needs to be grown in a pot with soil that contains a lot of sand and is well-drained.
The soil should not be too moist since if it becomes too soggy, the plant may suffer from root rot. To avoid this, allow the soil to dry out after watering. They also need indirect bright light to grow.
You can also place the spider plant in a hanging pot. This will result in a cluster of younger plants growing at the end of its branches.
Final Thoughts On Using Plants To Absorb EMF Radiation
If you are concerned about the effects of radiation on your health, utilizing plants for their EMF protection properties can help put your mind at ease. Cultivating plants is also a rewarding hobby since they can greatly enhance the appearance of your indoor environment, in addition to being a relaxing activity. Many of these are easy to grow, even for people with so-called ‘brown thumbs’ who seem to have difficulty keeping plants alive.
If you don’t want to invest a lot of money, you can start with small plants from friends and family (gardeners love to share) or your local home improvement store. This is one form of protection that will continue to grow if you apply some basic plant care practices. You can find help for free on the internet, at the library or find inexpensive books to help. One of my favorites is How Not To Kill Your Houseplants: Survival Tips For The Horticulturally Challenged. You can pick it up new or used or in electronic forms – and start growing your own protective plants today!