5 Air Purifying Plants for Your Home_Featured_, Prevention, Toxicity Thursday, July 19th, 2012
With asbestos, formaldehyde, and other VOCs leaching off every wall of our home, it’s no surprise that indoor pollution may be causing 50% of illnesses worldwide. If you experience headaches on a regular basis and the reason simply can’t be pinpointed, consider the pollution in your home as the cause. The good news is that you can cleanse the air within your home with air purifying plants – what better way to solve a problem than with nature.In nature, plants naturally purify their environment. We can use the same principle in our human-made homes by bringing in select plants that remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. NASA gave this idea a shot in the late ‘80s when trying to clean the air in space facilities of three common pollutants: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. The following plants proved to be some of the most effective:
5 Air Purifying Plants
- Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium). Not only is this one of the many air purifying plants that is effective at reducing benzene and formaldehyde, it will add a splash of color in your home with its vibrantly-hued flowers.
- Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii). This plant flowers beautifully in plenty of sunlight and removes benzene and trichloroethylene from its environment.
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