Indoor air pollution is one of the biggest dangers for our health. Young children who spend a lot of time in air polluted rooms are most affected from this problem. In fact, the indoor air toxicity is two times bigger than outdoor. Indoor air pollution can lead to various health problems, hormone imbalance, allergies, headaches, and asthma. The air that we breathe is directly affected from what we use inside.
- Cleaning products
- Synthetic fragrances
- Dry cleaned clothes
All of the mentioned pollutants release poisonous gasses and chemicals in the air. Luckily, we can control the quality of indoor air, and refresh it with certain types of plants that were tested and proven as very effective by NASA.
NASA studies showed that ample plants can detoxify up to 85% of the indoor air pollution. In the late 80’s, NASA looked for plants that can purify the air in their space facilities. They made detailed research and examined the ability of 15 plants to remove 3 common indoor air pollutants like trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene.
According to NASA’s study, best air purifiers were Arce Palm, Mother in law’s tongue, and Gerbera Daisy.
- Areca Palm
This is a very popular plant. It’s suitable for indoor environment, and releases a lot of moisture in the air. Areca palm is considered as the most effective air purifier. It remove CO2 from the air and converts it into oxygen. Four plants per person in your house is the ideal ratio. Don’t forget to wipe the leaves of the plants every day.
- Mother in law’s Tongue
Mother in law’s Tongue or Snake is a common plant that also can convert CO2 to oxygen. This plant filters benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. 6-8 plants per person will be ideal.
- Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisy or Gerbera Jamesoni is a pretty decorative plant that filters the indoor air very effectively. Just like the other two plants, releases oxygen during the night and helps you to sleep and breathe better. This is the best plant for those who suffer from asthma.
Source: Living Traditionally
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