The first list of air-filtering plants was compiled by NASA as part of a clean air study published in 1989, which researched ways to clean air in space stations. As well as absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, as all plants do, these plants also eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
NASA researchers suggest efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space.
Other research has shown that micro-organisms in the soil of a potted plant remove benzene from the air, and that some plant species also contribute to removing benzene.
The good news for you is that these plants are easily found and you can add them to your home to provide yourself and your family with air that is much purer and free from harmful agents.
1. Areca Palm
It is one of the most popular plants and it is appropriate for indoor environment. Areca Palm is rated as one of the most effective plants in removing indoor toxins. Also releases large amount of moisture in the air.
It removes CO2 from the air and converts it into oxygen in the process of photosynthesis. Research shows that you need about four plants (1.5 m high) for one person.
2. Gerbera Jamesonii (Gerbera Daisy)
This plant is decorative. Besides that it is really beautiful, this plant also have air filtering properties. Studies shown that is effective in removing benzene and trichloroethylene from air.
This plant releases oxygen during the night, so you can keep it in your bedroom. It will help to breathe and sleep better.
3. Boston Fern
Ferns are very popular houseplants and the Boston Fern is one that offers beauty and healthy benefits. These plants act as humidifiers and can help to restore moisture in the air so they are perfect for those who suffer from dry skin and other cold weather problems.
They can also help to eliminate traces of formaldehyde and they look beautiful hanging from baskets all around the home. Remember to keep your Boston Fern in direct sunlight and mist the leaves with water regularly.
4. Heart Leaf Philodendron
The Heart Leaf Philodendron is a climbing vine that is often best for homes without small pets or children. If eaten, the plant is toxic.
It is an excellent choice for removing formaldehyde like what is commonly found in particle board. They are relatively easy to care for but again, should be kept high enough that pets and small children cannot access them.
5. Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese Evergreen is very easy to care for and can help to rid your home of a number of air pollutants. It produces tiny red berries that are lovely to look at and can help to remove toxins from the air that are commonly found in chemical based household cleaners.
The longer you have the plant, the more toxins it will remove so plan on keeping your Chinese Evergreen for many years for optimal benefits.
Source: Life Health & Food
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