Air Purifying Plants – According to NASA
In order to improve the poor air quality of the space we work and live in, based on the research conducted by NASA, it is recommended to keep indoor plants.
The plants function as natural air purifiers, because with their leaves absorb pollutants from the air, carry them to the roots, and use them as food.
This excellent function can be applied at home or in the workplace by keeping these natural air purifiers. As a result of today’s modern way of living, many people are forced, most of the day, to spend indoors because of their work, their commitments, and thus not having time to stay outdoors.
However, it is much better and healthier when the air is purer, because an environment without enough oxygen is suffocating our body, makes us more tired and lethargic, and has a bad effect on the immune system.
Today we are surrounded by numerous items and many of them emit toxins, which can contribute to the development of serious diseases.
The most frequent toxins that can be found in our homes and work places are: formaldehyde (present in carpets, paper, cleaning products, insulating foam), trichloroethylene (present in coatings, paints and adhesives), benzene (present in synthetics, plastics and detergents).
If you enrich your living space with air purifying plants, all these harmful compounds can be reduced. Besides purifying the air, they also make our surrounding to be more comfortable and nicer.
Plants to purify the living and working space:
- Sansevieria (Snake tongue)
This plant is one of the best which filters nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde, which is a common ingredient in cleaning and personal care products. Therefore it is best to place it in your bathroom, because it can live on a humid place and without much light.
- Dypsis decaryi (Triangle palm)
This Triangle palm is an excellent air humidifier. According to NASA this is the best plant that filters xylene and toluene from the air.
- Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea)
This plant is on the top of the list for best plants that filter out benzene and trichloroethylene. It also removes the formaldehyde from the air, which could be released from the furniture and acts as a natural moisturizer.
- Cleome hassleriana (Spider flowers)
This durable plant is also recommended by NASA, because successfully handles with carbon monoxide and other toxins from the air such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and others.
- Gerbera tampering
This plant is very beautiful and decorative, but also very beneficial. It removes the benzene from the air, absorbs carbon dioxide and releases. Because of these characteristics, Gerbera tampering provides a good sleep during the night and a good quality stay during the day.
- Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig)
This plant is one of the most popular houseplants and it has an impressive growth. Also it is great purifying plant that will protect you of various toxins released from carpets and furniture.
This plant is not recommended to be kept if you have small children or pets because it is toxic if eaten. However, this is an excellent air filter. It absorbs almost all types of toxins from the air and especially formaldehyde.
- Azaleas (Rhododendron)
This plant is very beautiful flower bush, which is shade tolerant and blooms in spring. The flowers of this plant last for a couple of weeks. It is very beneficial to be kept as a houseplant, due to the fact that successfully absorbs formaldehyde, released by foam insulation and chips.
This is very beautiful and decorative plant that will successfully protect you from benzene, which is found in plastics, detergents and various paints and adhesives. The most appropriate place for this plant to be kept is by the windows because it likes lots of light.