Our homes are full of chemicals; leaking out of products we use, the off-gassing of certain objects, and things we bring in with us from other places. Houseplants eradicate odors and also remove chemicals which can cause cancer, allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders.
Of course another major benefit of having some plants around the home is the fact that they use carbon dioxide to make rich oxygen for us to breathe.The relationship between man and plant is symbiotic – we need plants and plants need us. Putting plants in your home or office space is a fabulous way to freshen your air and increase available oxygen amounts.
Research demonstrates that some household plants can remove as much as 90% of airborne chemicals in a 24 hour period. The top 3 carcinogenic chemicals found in indoor air include benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. They are used in the production of synthetic substances and can be off-gassed into the air for several years.
It is best to use one potted plant per 100 square feet in your home or office.
Best Indoor Air Cleaners
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) is an attractive succulent plant that has received much attention for its health promoting juice that treats wounds and burns, takes the itch away from mosquito bites and softens skin. When used as an air purifier, aloe vera removes formaldehyde from the air. Place your aloe vera plant in a location where it will receive indirect sunlight and it will reward you with healthy growth. Let the soil become completely dry before watering this interesting and attractive plant.
Bamboo Palm Tree (Chamaedorea seifrizii) acts as a natural humidifier and removes formaldehyde from the air. This plant loves bright, indirect light and will die if you overwater it. Be sure to let all of the water drain each time you give it a drink. The plant can grow quite large and looks great in an attractive pot on the floor.
Boston Ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis) are noted as one of the best indoor air purifiers and humidifiers. Their graceful foliage is attractive, and they are particularly easy to care for. Provide bright light and keep the soil moist. Do not place your fern directly under an air vent or in the way of a draft.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema sp.) does best in very low light areas. Allow water to drain off completely and provide a bit more sun for variegated varieties. These plants emit a high amount of oxygen and remove chemicals including formaldehyde and benzene.
Pygmy Date Palm Tree (Phoenix roebelenii) is a cute palm tree that works overtime to purify the air. It removes xylene, a chemical found in plastics, and formaldehyde. Provide lots of sun for this tropical beauty and keep the soil moist. Water this plant with warm water only.
English Ivy (Hedera helix) is a beautiful plant that removes benzene and formaldehyde. It also removes cigarette odor and is great for asthma sufferers.
Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera sp. or Gerbera jamesonii) is a happy little plant that gives off oxygen during the night, which may help you sleep better. In addition, this plant absorbs benzene. Put your daisy in a place where you can enjoy it and it will receive full light.
-The Alternative Daily