Indoor air pollutants are one of mankind’s greatest risk. However, it is little discussed. Most people feel safe inside the confines of their office and their homes. But the truth is, pollutants lurking in the air can be deadly. And we are breathing it in. Nausea and dizziness and headaches are just the start of what ou might experience if you indoor air quality at home or work is compromised.
Materials used in buildings and the way that buildings and those materials age are just the start of why indoor air quality can be so terrible. Even cleaning products can be of issue. And when you have these issues in buildings or homes with stagnate air, it compounds the situation.
So how can plants help keep you healthier?
When plants absorb carbon dioxide, they also take in some of the pollutants which removes them from the air. Also, microorganisms found in potting soil of plants helps clean the air.
Plants are our natural indoor space detoxers. But some plants are better than others. Let’s have a look at nine which stand out.
The garden mum has a rather celebrity reputation. It has been used by NASA as a way to remove toxins from the air. Xylene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene have all been subject to the wrath of the garden mum. This plant can be found at garden stores for a relatively inexpensive price. You can find some more info on Garden Mums in a book if you like.
If you own pets, the Dracaena might not be your plant. It has been known to be toxic to those animals. If you are animal-free, this plant is a vicious fighter of toxins. There are lots of different types of Dracaenas. They have big wide leaves with white or red lines.
Formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene are all detoxed by Dracaenas.
If you are in a warm state, having one shipped to you might be an option.
These plants small but powerful. They tend to bloom for most of the summer. Peace Lilly’s do well in the shade and are absolutely potent when it comes to detoxing your air.
Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
These plants are more than just an amazingly cool name. These things are almost impossible to kill. They love the dry air, making them perfect for the non-water’er. They do tend to need a little sun, however.
Aloe Vera has long been known in alternative medicine circles to be a healer. While much of their powers are heavily debated, many people claim the plant does a good job as an antibacterial solution for wounds. It is said to remove formaldehyde.
Bamboo Palm’s are huge. And while bigger isn’t always better, in the case of the Bamboo Palm, nothing could be further from the truth. It is their enormous size which makes them a potent air cleaner. They can grow up to 12 feet high and need a lot of sunshine.
Boston Ferns require high humidity. They are also best served in cooler air that has only limited sunlight (not direct). They are a manageable plant but definitely require a lot of water. They remove formaldehyde and xylene.
This plant is originally a descendant of southeast Asia. It requires indirect light and bright room. You can move it outside during spring. It can remove formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
These are probably the easiest on the list to grow. They remove formaldehyde and xylene and thrive in bright, indirect sunlight.
In the end, plants and mother nature are the absolute best option when it comes to keeping your home and office detoxed. The air we breath is our life’s blood, we must make sure to take care of it.