Can Plants Combat Radiation?

Radiation-combating cactus plants sit in the sunlight.

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Inside your home, there are probably many modern gadgets that emit electricity. Unfortunately, daily and persistent exposure to electric waves can be harmful to the health of you and your loved ones. What can you do? Can plants combat radiation in your home? Yes, the presence of certain plants can fight off radiation from electronic devices. The National Institute of Environmental Health and Science says that electric and magnetic fields (EMF) are “invisible areas of energy.” Electric and magnetic fields are commonly referred to as radiation. Plants do not necessarily eliminate EMF, but plants do attenuate EMF. Attenuation is a weakening or lessening of the amount of force. For instance, the walls in your house or apartment attenuate sound, and your tinted car windows attenuate sunlight.

Which plants combat radiation?

The cactus plant is one of the most efficient and is possibly the best plant for minimizing EMF. This prickly plant’s presence in your home is good enough to help battle EMF even if the plant is not near your electronic devices. The fighting power of the cactus plant is so powerful that it can minimize the effects of nearby cellular towers. Which is rather amazing. Lukewarm rainwater is best for cacti to prevent mineral buildup in the soil. Pour one-fourth to half a cup of water into the cactus plant soil every one to two weeks during spring and summer and every three to four weeks in autumn and winter.  Cacti require indirect sunlight to grow at a healthy rate. Place the plants in a south-facing position to provide adequate sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can make cacti turn a yellow color.

Snake plants are long-leaf plants known for battling electric waves. Consider setting this plant near your Wi-Fi router, desktop computer, or laptop computer. Additionally, the snake plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen more efficiently than other plants.  Also, this EMF-reducing plant does not require much water to thrive. Watering this planet once every 10 days is sufficient. Bright indirect sunlight is necessary for the snake plant to grow properly.

The small stone lotus plant also combats radiation. This succulent plant’s size gives computer users a perfect desktop companion. Also, its pleasant scent and aesthetically pleasing design make it popular in many households. Unlike the snake plant, stone lotus plants need direct sunlight for about four hours each day and sporadic watering every two to three weeks.  Room-temperature rainwater is the most nutritious water for succulent plants and prevents mineral deposits from developing in the leaves and soil.

Aloe vera plants are well-known for their moist gel interior that can soothe burns, strengthen hair, and aid digestion. It is also good at opposing radiation. Aloe vera plants should be watered every three weeks in the spring and summer and watered every four weeks in the winter months. Six hours of daily sun exposure is vital for aloe vera plants.

Which plants are not safe for pets?

Ideally, having plants inside your home sounds great, but what about those living with dogs, cats, or other pets in their dwellings? Some plants can be poisonous to pets, including those that prevent EMF harm. Dogs and cats are not allergic to cactus plants, but their curiosity about household decorations may result in cactus needles hurting them. The snake plant and aloe vera are poisonous to pets. If a cat or dog ingests these plants, it may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and death. Cats and dogs are not allergic to lotus plants but consuming their leaves could cause mild indigestion or vomiting.   

What are some symptoms of too much radiation exposure?

Research is not conclusive on the effects of EMF on human beings, but some studies suggest that potential symptoms of long-term radiation exposure include: sleep disturbances including insomnia, headaches, depression and depressive feeling, fatigue, feeling tired, dysesthesia (a painful, often itchy sensation), problems concentrating, memory loss, dizziness, feeling irritable, lack of appetite, weight loss, restlessness, anxiety, nausea, and skin burning and tingling.

How else can I combat radiation?

Certain household plants combat radiation and also provide oxygen to clean the air. Additional simple techniques can limit your radiation exposure as well. Try to stand or sit far away from electronic devices. Do not remain close to them for long periods. Examples of these devices include televisions, computers, and microwaves. Furthermore, you can try putting your phone in another room, especially when you sleep. Unplugging your Wi-Fi router before going to bed is another good solution. Get outside and walk around your neighborhood just before the sun sets to avoid too much sun radiation. Enjoy breathing in the fresh air. When you go for a walk, leave your cell phone or smartwatch at home, and do not worry about electronically recording your steps.

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About Joey Hinojosa

Joey Hinojosa graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a master's degree in mass communications. He began working at Empower Brokerage in early 2022 and enjoys being creative in his writing, photography, videography, and other projects.

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