Having houseplants is a great way to keep your air clean. There are many air filtration plants that can purify the air in your home.
The following article highlights the most
efficient storage air filtration systems for filtering pollutants and toxic chemicals from the home.
This list is based on a study by NASA. The study found that some plants were better able to remove the following toxic chemicals from the air (1):
Trichlorethylene: Symptoms associated with this chemical include dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting followed by drowsiness and coma.
Formaldehyde: exposure to this chemical may cause irritation to the nose, mouth and throat and, in severe cases, swelling of the larynx and
of the lungs.
Benzene: Breathing with this toxin can irritate the eyes and can cause drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, increased heart rate, confusion and, in some rare cases, can lead to unconsciousness.
Chile: May cause irritation to the mouth and throat, dizziness, headache, confusion, heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma.
Ammonia: This toxic smoke can cause irritation, coughing and sore throat.
Many of these chemicals have been linked to dangerous health effects. In fact, air pollution kills thousands of people every year (2) and
it could also be the reason you can’t lose weight (3).
NASA researchers recommend that you have at least one plant per 100 square meters of your home or office space to purify the air around you.
Dracaena, ivy, ficus, philodendron, aloe vera or sansevieria are just a few examples of plants that purify the air in the room, and among the flowering plants are chrysanthemum, azalea, gerbera and spatiphyllium.
Sansevieria trifasciata or Sabiuta is a purifying plant, native to tropical Africa, with fleshy, straight leaves
Strongly colored, which adapts easily and is very durable.
It has the property of converting carbon dioxide into oxygen during the night and successfully eliminates pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene and xylene. It is recommended that the potted plant be placed in a bright room, but away from direct sunlight.
The peace lily, scientifically called spathiphyllum sp is an elegant plant with delicate white flowers that purifies the air and produces oxygen, absorbs and removes mold spores and other harmful substances such as ammonia,
toluene, acetone, benzene and trichlorethylene.
It is perfect in rooms prone to mold, but also in rooms with electronic devices or where smoking. For cats and other pets this plant is poisonous. It would be advisable that the leaves of the peace lily do not have dust.
English ivy is an effective option to provide fresh air. Beneficial for people suffering from asthma and mild forms of allergies, the plant has the role of removing formaldehyde, mold and benzene found in detergents, synthetic materials and pesticides.
One of the most suitable flowering plants for air purification, chrysanthemum, botanically called Chrysanthemum is effective for removing ammonia, formaldehyde, but especially benzene, considered a carcinogen, present in plastics, cigarettes and chemicals.
In China and Jaronia, people add flower petals to various salads and use chrysanthemum roots for medical purposes to relieve headaches. The flowers of the edible chrysanthemum are yellow and small in size.
Excellent to be placed in the bedroom, gerbera or noble daisy is a plant with vibrant and cheerful flowers, very popular, which purifies the air during the night releasing oxygen, thus being ideal for people suffering from sleep disorders.
The spider plant (scientifically called Chlorophytum comosum) with evergreen decorative leaves and white stripes, is perfect for the interior having the ability to naturally clean the air in the house and neutralize in just a few days over 90% of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other miscellaneous pollutants.
Dracaena is an indoor decorative plant, popular and resistant, which does not require special attention, handles little light and is an excellent air purifier that manages to absorb toxins such as benzene and volatile substances from paints and adhesives.
Aloe vera is a succulent plant with multiple properties, native to North Africa, used successfully in phytotherapy and cosmetics. Like gerbera, this plant releases oxygen at night and cleans the air of carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde. The “miracle plant” in pots is equivalent to 9 biological air filters.
In the chemical composition of the transparent gel inside the aloe leaf there are 18 amino acids out of the 22 necessary for the body, vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, B12) and minerals (calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc) essential for health protection. Some people may be allergic to this healing plant. Aloe vera extract has a number of therapeutic indications for gastritis, anemia and immune system stimulation, has an antirheumatic, emollient effect and is used for asthma, headaches, eczema, skin burns or various fungal infections.
Originally from India, the ficus or rubber plant purifies the air in the rooms, being effective in removing formaldehyde and trichlorethylene from the air, releasing an increased oxygen content.
Fern is one of the most effective plants for air filtration, helping to increase the level of humidity and oxygen in a room with indirect light, not very warm. Successfully removes mold, xylene and formaldehyde.
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