Top 5 Air Purifying Plants For The Home
Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five risks to public health by the World Health Organisation. Stagnant air leads to a build up of toxins in the room which can create many health issues with the respiratory system. Cleaning products, upholstery and furnishings all emit compounds that unless the room is well ventilated, will build up in the atmosphere. Luckily for us, those brilliant minds at NASA came up with a way to clean the air, using everyday household plants. Calling it ‘Natures Life Support System’, the plants remove particles from the air when they process carbon dioxide into oxygen. Thus removing toxins and renewing the air we breath.
Here’s the definitive Top 5 for you to try.
1. Garden Mum
In research by NASA, this plant was numero uno when it came to purifying the air. It was found to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the stagnant indoor air. They’re pretty cheap and easy to find at garden stores and flower shops.
2. Spider Plants
Spider plants are maybe the easiest houseplant to grow and maintain. They are very robust so are perfect for beginners. They thrive in indirect sunlight, so don’t place on your windowsill. Spider plants Grow shoots with flowers that eventually grow into baby spider plants. These can be pruned and placed in a new container.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is another super low maintenance plant that helps purify the air, plus comes with some additional health benefits. The pointed leaves contain a clear liquid brimming with vitamins, amino acids and other compounds including antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The liquid can be used to treat minor burns and cuts and even can soothe sunburn.
4. Bamboo palms
Bamboo palms are sturdy and are a great addition to any room. They help eliminate formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene and chloroform. They like bright, but not direct sunlight and need to be placed where air circulates freely. You should use a water spray to mist occasionally to prevent spider mites and keep the soil moist.
5. Peace Lily
Peace lilies whilst relatively small, pack an impressive air-cleaning ability. Very easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer. Just be aware that flowers do contribute some pollen and floral scents to the air, so you may want to limit how many you have in your home. Peace lilies prefer the shade and should be watered with a spray to slightly dampen the soil.
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