The 5 Best Air Purifying Plants

Plants and Humans, Our Natural Symbiotic Relationship

We all breathe out CO2, carbon monoxide. The plants breathe in our CO2 and translate it into O2, oxygen. We breathe in their oxygen.

This circular relationship is called symbiotic.  All the natural world participates in these symbiotic relationships and relies on them to continue the living cycle of the earth.

The 5 Best Air Purifying Plants

1970’s and the case of “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”

Living in suburbia houses exposes us to harmful gasses released by manufactured wood, plaster, paint, carpets, linoleum and all sorts of cleaners.  We breathe this dirty air.  And all of these pollutants create an effect on our health.

In the 1981 movie “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”… Lilly Tomlin played a housewife affected by her abundant list of detergents, cleaners, and fresheners.  This movie was a statement to the developing plastic culture of the 70’s from the natural earth loving era of the 60’s.

Plants are able to breathe in bad air and turn dangerous toxins into harmless substances

Plants have purifying benefits that help promote relaxation, which can lead to healthier sleeping patterns and all around better days. A healthy home has approximately 1 houseplant per 100 square feet. It is a good idea to have more plants per square feet if you live with multiple people or pets.
Here is a wikipedia list of indoor plants, perfect for air-filtering homes and offices.

Chart of air-filtering plants from Wikipedia

Names of plants and their air-filtering properties

5 Plants We Should Have In Our Homes

1. Aloe Vera

The 5 Best Air Purifying PlantsAloe vera is well known for soothing inflammation, scars, and burned skin. It is also among the most powerful plant air purifiers in the world.

While Aloe vera helps clear chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene from the air, it also lowers carbon dioxide levels at night. This rare ability to absorb CO2 levels in the dark makes Aloe a wonderful bedroom companion that can help you get a more refreshing sleep.


A Guide to Growing Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is very easy to care for, needing minimum water and attention. The Egyptians called it the ‘plant of immortality’ because it is so resilient. It is important to keep it in direct sunlight.


 2. Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)

Snake plant can reduce respiratory symptoms, eye irritation, and headaches, while also reducing the need for ventilation.

NASA sealed a snake plant in a chamber with various noxious gases for 24 hours and found that it reduced the amount of Benzene in the air by 53% and the amount of Trichloroethylene in the air by 13.4%.

Snake plant is also a great bedroom companion because it can provide a significant amount of oxygen to indoor environments at night.


A guide to Growing Snake Plants

Snake plant can be neglected for periods of time because it is a sturdy plant. It will thrive in the sun or shade, but should not be kept in an environment below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Areca Palm

The Areca palm is a very popular office and household dweller. Its popularity grew when it scored very high in all categories when NASA tested 50 plants for their ability to filter the air around us, ease of care, and the ability to add moisture to the surrounding atmosphere. It can purify benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air. It is also a very effective air humidifier.

Moderately Hard – Intermediate Growers

How to Grow Areca Palms

Areca palms prefer bright sunlight but too much light can scorch the leaves. It is important to not overwater these plants and they do best in moderate temperatures.

4. English Ivy
Image result for eNGLISH IVYEnglish Ivy is the number one best air purifying houseplant because it is the most efficient plant to absorb formaldehyde. Its leaves can improve symptoms of allergies and asthma. English Ivy can remove 94% of airborne feces and 78% of airborne mold in as little as 12 hours.


How to Grow English Ivy

English Ivy is easy to grow and survives in moderate temperatures with medium sun exposure. The vine looks great in a hanging basket or on a ledge where the leaves can trail down.

NOTE: This plant can be toxic is ingested by kids or pets so make sure to keep it out of their reach.

5. Chrysanthemum

Image result for Chrysanthemum indoor potted plantThis colorful plant can brighten any room or office. Its blossoms can also filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics, and detergent.

The name “Chrysanthemum” is derived from the Greek words “gold” and “flower”. The flower also has many medicinal benefits. It can be used to treat chest pain, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, fever, cold, headache, dizziness, and swelling. When combined with other herbs, it can also be used to treat prostate cancer. Chrysanthemum tea is a very popular summertime beverage in areas of southern China.


How to Grow Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums need bright sunlight to flourish indoors. It is important to find an area that gets sun even in the winter. Water the plant often, keeping the soil damp at all times.

Indoor Growing Challenges

All plants can end up neglected.  Some plants are more forgiving than others when deprived of water or light or lack proper growth space.

For the last concern Alaskan Studio created an outstanding solution.

They designed a pot that grows together with the plant and unfolds over time. Of course the plant grower must add some soil as the pot unfolds.

The 5 Best Air Purifying Plants

The health and well-being benefits of plants.

  • People tend to concentrate better and to have better memory retention in rooms where plants grow
  • Work done indoor, surrounded by plants is of a higher quality and more efficient than work in a standard office environment
  • Flowers improve the mood and reduce the chances of developing depression, by decreasing the level of stress
  • In hospitals, people surrounded by plants heal faster after medical procedures
  • Exposure to ornamental plants raises the level of compassion for others
  • Children with ADHD learn better in environments with plants and flowers
  • People surrounded by flowers in their homes are happier

For those interested in the references and studies regarding these benefits of plants in homes, hospitals and offices, check the article form TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY.

Interior design trends always include plant walls and all sorts of plant decorations… integrating nature into all areas of our home. With so many benefits, we should all take the opportunity to grow plants and explore our close relationship with the plant world.

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