Plants have many benefits to us humans. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out and release oxygen into the air, this we breathe in. It is not surprising that many architectural master works in recent times have included gardens and porches filled with plants in their designs for both residential and commercial buildings. We have found many ways to keep beautiful plants inside our homes as well.  With the rising worry from vehicular emissions and air pollution, we should focus more attention on how these properties of plants can be harnessed to create a healthier living environment for everybody.

Going by the recommendation from NASA, any area measuring about 500 sq. meters should have not less than seventeen plants within the area. There are also recommendations that living rooms and bedrooms should have at least one plant. The goal is to improve the quality of oxygen we breathe in every day.

I have compiled a list of amazing plants that have been proven to be excellent air purifiers when put in and around the places we live. Please feel free to pick a plant from this list, get it and put it in your home and other living areas.

The Aloe Vera Plant

Research studies have proven that the Aloe Vera plant is one of nature’s gifts to us. This plant is packed with so many benefits that I was not surprised to find out that it could be used to improve the quality of the air we breathe.

The Aloe Vera plant releases a remarkable amount of oxygen as it develops daily. It does this by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen. This plant should rank among your top choices to place around your home. It grows well under normal temperature, requiring water and sunlight to thrive.

The Weeping Fig

The weeping fig is another remarkable plant that is very effective for getting rid of harmful gas and fumes from our environment. It is especially effective in absorbing formaldehyde which can be dangerous to us.

It is easy to nurture, the weeping fig needs just a little exposure to sunlight to thrive. It leaves have been discovered to be poisonous too so if you have little children in the home or pets, this plant should not be your choice.


Lilies have been proven to be effective in absorbing harmful and irritating chemical toxins from the atmosphere. It is also good for the absorption of poisonous chemical compounds like formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. If you love lilies, please do not hesitate to get your favorite colors of this plant into your home.

The Spider Plant

The absorption properties of the spider plant are simply amazing. It can absorb dangerous and unwanted chemical toxins/gases from an area as large as 200 sq. meters. It has been proven to be effective when used to remove gases such as gasoline, formaldehyde, styrene and carbon monoxide. It is easy to manage as it thrives well under minimal exposure to sunlight for photosynthesis.

The Estragon

This is another astonishing plant with superb absorption properties. It requires just a little exposure to sunlight for photosynthesis. I recommend the estragon to be placed in bedrooms because it has been observed to release oxygen especially at night.

The Ivy

Many people might not want to consider the Ivy as a plan to be kept in the home but if there are no children or pets in your home, and you can educate everyone about the plant and its effects both positive and negative then consider getting the Ivy plant. It has outstanding absorption properties, potent against a wide range of toxins and dangerous gases. It has a quick working action too so you can actually plan to place it in your home during the periods when no one will be in for about six hours to cleanse and purify the air.

Now you have this information, act quickly. Get some useful plants around you and forget about the worries of harmful and odorless gases in your homes or offices.