Within the walls of our ultra modern buildings today prowl pollutants that are negatively impacting our health. We spend almost 90 percent of our time indoors breathing in air quality two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimations.
Fortunately, it is easier than ever to introduce plant life into our homes. In addition to decorating your room, some well-placed greenery can brighten a space, purify the air, and also create a more relaxing ambiance. A study conducted by University of Georgia has also proven that bringing thriving greenery indoors can help reduce stress levels, relieve tension, and even help one heal faster.
Select one or more of these eight air purifying plants, as identified by a study published by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, to decorate your home and live healthier.
Areca palm: Also known as the butterfly palm. It’s a perfect choice for an indoor air purification and pest resistant. And because of its unique ability to remove formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide and keep the residences moist, Areca palm is ranked as one of the best air purifying and electric humidifier plant in NASA’s rank. It’s a slow grower, easy to manage plant that flourishes indoors and can reach a height of six to eight feet in a semi-sun temperature.
Lady palm: Classed the second in NASA’s rank. It is fiercely resistant to plants insects. Lady palm grows slowly and can survive in a semi-sun temperature during summers, while in winters; room temperature should not be less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spider plant: Excellent indoor removal of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. It’s one of three plants NASA believes best at battling formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
Rubber plant: The fourth on NASA’s scoring scale. It provides moisture, eliminates volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and suppresses air based micro-organisms as soon as it’s put into a room. The rubber plant has the ability to grow up to eight feet and needs a bit of light to grow and prosper.
Bamboo palm: Known as the reed palm, it thrives and grows up to six feet if kept just moist in shady indoor spaces and frequently produces flowers and small berries. Ranked third all-round from NASA for keeping room air clean and filtering out airborne carbons, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, Bamboo also acts as a natural humidifier and pest resistant.
Peace lily: The ideal choice for those who love flowers but don’t want to see them die after a few days. It only needs plenty of water and modest amount of sunlight. Though rounds out NASA’s list, this gorgeous flower is excellent at removing formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Peace lily acts perfect if placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because of its remarkable ability of abolishing mould spores.
English Ivy: A marvellous aid for people with allergies or asthma. It has been highly praised for eliminating 60 percent of airborne mould in a room in just six hours. It’s also very beneficial in removing formaldehyde chemicals from the air. English Ivy grows in semi-sun and semi-shade temperature. You can hang them in a basket to decorate your indoor.
Date palm tree: This beautiful, fan-shaped frond is one of the easiest indoor palm trees to grow. Though not as effective as the rest of the palm family, it’s very effectual in lowering the concentration of chemical toxins hovering around in the air. It’s a slow grower plant that adapts well to indoors warm, dry conditions to reach a highest of four feet.