In the ying and yang of the human ecosystem, plants are givers and takers that help us create wonderful balance in our world. They give us oxygen, food, beauty, shelter and supplies to make goods, among other valuable assets. They also absorb our carbon dioxide, making our environment sustainable. Having plants in your home can help filter out other harmful substances to the animal kingdom known as volatile organic compounds. These can be found everywhere, but are especially prevalent in homes where we have many manufactured goods, cleaning chemicals and technology emissions. Air purifying houseplants can greatly improve the quality of air in your home for a safer and healthier household.
Check out these air purifying houseplants:
Gerber Daisies: Your favorite flower can double as a natural way to purify the air in your home. Gerber daisies absorb trichloroethylene from dry cleaning as well as benzene.
Aloe Vera: You may know it for its incredible sunburn relieving properties but it also filters formaldehyde and benzene that enter your home through chemical cleaners and paints.
Peace Lily: If you’re a techno-junkie, find peace in your home with this elegant flowering plant that can reduce electromagnetic radiation.
Golden Pothos: Create a flowing effect with this vine-like plant that can help filter out car exhaust.
Spider Plants (Airplane Plants): This long leafy plant adds some dynamic flair to your home while also taking care of o-xylene and p-xylene found in most rubbers and plastics.
Chrysanthemum: Your kitchen windowsill could use a dose of this gorgeous bloom as it purifies your air from benzene.
Fern: Dry air can cause skin and respiratory issues. Add a soft fern to any room to increase humidity.
Snake Plant: The talk stalks of the snake plant are great for absorbing formaldehyde, which can be found in food packaging, toys and tissue paper.
Bromeliads: This beauty keeps benzene from detergents, furniture wax and paint at bay and is also helpful if you live near an industrial site or gas station.
Dracaena: As an exotic mix to traditional houseplants, dracaena is a jack of all trades helping remove toxic formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the air.
Ficus Tree: Need some height in your family room? Try a ficus tree that also treats your home for formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
English Ivy: If any of your family members have asthma, English Ivy may help them breath better. It also filters out fecal particulates from the air.
Which air purifying houseplants do you use?
Sources: Mother Nature Network, CNN and Wellness Mama