In the past, our ancestors built homes in sync with nature, and enjoyed fresh air all the time. Today, we suffocate in our modern homes, and breathing fresh air has become a luxury.
Pollution has a destructive impact on our overall health, leading to numerous ailments. The good news is that you can change this, and live a much better life.
Some plants have the ability to absorb air-polluting organic and inorganic chemicals. They break down these into compounds which are later used for energy. These plants give you clean air, and all they need is some water and sunlight.
Still have doubts? Check this out. A plant study from 1772 found that plants purify stagnant air in areas where people burned candles and kept their pets. Plants were also studied for their air-purifying abilities in order to be used by astronauts in space stations and moon bases.
A six-month study involved the comparison of two rooms. One was filled with plants, and the other had no plants at all. The plant-lacking room had 50% more airborne microbes and bacteria than the other. Indoor plants provide humidity naturally, which can be of great importance for those dealing with sinus issues, asthma, and anxiety.
We have listed some of the plants you can keep at home:
12 plants for cleaner indoor air
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an excellent remedy for sunburns, and can also purify your air. It releases oxygen while absorbing carbon dioxide at night. Aloe Vera removes benzene from your room. Benzene is found in paint and chemical cleaners. The plant doesn’t require much maintenance, and only needs little water and sunlight.
- Peace lily
Peace lilies have gorgeous white blooms that make you forget its primary use. NASA confirmed that a peace lily can remove three common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Peace lilies have the ability to reduce toluene and xylene in air.
The plant doesn’t require much maintenance. Peace lilies don’t like much sun, and they’re just fine with the artificial light in your home or the indirect sunlight from the windows. How much water do they need? Water the plant every time it drops its leaves. Don’t keep peace lilies near your children and pets as they are poisonous.
- Bamboo palm
The plant extracts carbon dioxide from the air at night, and releases oxygen.
Bamboo palms like a moist soil and low light. Don’t keep them near your window. The humidity released by the moist soil reduces the amount of mold and bacteria in your room, and help you breathe easily and sleep like a baby.
Lavender is famous for its essential oil, and most people don’t know that it can purify the air indoors. The aroma relaxes your brain and nerves, helping you breathe without difficulties.
- Spider plant
Resins and solvents in building materials release pollutants such as formaldehyde. Excessive exposure to formaldehyde causes irritation of the eyes, throat and lungs. It also causes respiratory disorders and allergies. According to a study, spider plants reduce the levels of formaldehyde in living areas.
Spider plants have light green and white striped long leaves. They fall down resembling a fountain. Keep the plant hanged in your room, as the parent releases baby plants that hang down. Sprout the baby plants in a jar filled with water, and plant them. Simple as that.
The plant reduces environmental pollutants that are released by foam insulation, particleboard, fabrics and other man-made products. This in turn improves the quality of the air you breathe, and boosts your health.
- Gerbera daisy
Gerbera daisies remove VOCs from your room. This gorgeous plant removes benzene released from natural gas stoves. It likes sun, so make sure you keep it on the south-facing window in your home.
Chrysanthemums or mums remove benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and ammonia from your home. They like enough sun and water. Chrysanthemums come in different colors, and you can find them at your local garden center.
The plants are annuals, and bloom once a year. They may live longer than that, but you won’t see them flower twice.
- Warneckei (Draceana plant)
It doesn’t require much sunlight, and yes, it’s the best indoor plant to have. Warneckei removes dangerous toxins and improves the air quality in your room. It provides enough oxygen to clean stagnant air.
- Golden pothos
Golden pothos has nice cascading leaves from the vine, and removes formaldehyde. You can keep it in your garage, because car exhaust has large amount of formaldehyde. Golden pothos is also known as devil’s ivy, and doesn’t need too much sunlight, and grows well even when kept in dark rooms.
- English ivy
It’s the best plant for pet owners. English ivy filters formaldehyde aerosols and fecal particles from indoor air. Be careful, this plant is poisonous, and you can find it in many varieties.
English ivy likes partial shade to bright light, but hates direct light. It’s a robust plant that grows well, and is sometimes referred to as ‘weed.’ Yes, it grows that good.
- Chinese evergreen
The plant doesn’t like much sunlight, but it sure needs enough water. The Chinese evergreen is a tropical plant, and make sure you mist the ends with water if they start turning brown. The plant removes toxins from the air, and make sure you keep a few plants in your home.
- Elephant ear
It’s great when it comes to removing high concentrations of formaldehyde. Keep the elephant ear out of reach of young children, as it’s poisonous.
Source: Power Of Positivity