4 Plants to Clean Up Your Air Quality

Need some fresh air circulation at your home or office? Break out the plants to purify your air! While they definitely brighten up your living space, potted plants can also combat indoor pollution and uplift your mood and concentration.

Rejuvenate and Regulate With Plants

Chinese Medicine has long recognized that a healthy balance must be struck between dampness and dryness. Dampness can create mold and other organisms that invade the lungs. Dryness, on the other hand, harms your mucus membranes, causing respiratory problems. Either extreme affects your health negatively, and that is why it is important to maintain proper humidity in your house. Thousands of years back, the Chinese discovered that certain plants act as indoor air regulators. Today, we have learned from scientific research that these particular plants do a better job of balancing humidity than mechanical systems. Simultaneously, the plants filter out airborne toxins, such as carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene. Your best bets for cleaning up indoor air are bamboo, chrysanthemum, lily, palm, gerbera daisy, and ivy.

A two-year study conducted by NASA scientists and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) researched nearly a dozen plants for their added health benefits. The results demonstrated that certain leafy greens can absorb hazardous contaminants and help produce clean air.

1. Dispel Dryness With Bamboo Palm

Growing between 3 to 6 feet tall, the long, elegant leaves of this sturdy palm sweep away toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, and chloroform. In addition to helping you breathe fresh air, it is an excellent spider mite repellant. During the cold winter months when air is very dry, the bamboo palm emits some much-needed moisture. It is best kept out of direct sunlight and feeds on all-purpose liquid fertilizer during the summer months.

2. Cleanse With Chrysanthemums

Originally cultivated in China in 15th century BC, this plant boasts multiple medicinal and culinary uses. Its yellow and white flowers are enjoyed as a sweet drink in some parts of Asia, while the greens are boiled and served as a delicious meal in China. In addition to being a tasty treat, the NASA study found that chrysanthemums were effective at removing benzene from the air. Benzene is one of the most common odorless pollutants found in inks, paints, plastic, dyes, detergents, gasoline, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. The flowers last about six weeks and thrive in bright, indirect light.

3. Purify With Peace Lily

Native to tropical regions, this beautiful perennial plant contains large leaves that vacuum benzene, trichloroethylene, and other hard-to-pronounce pollutants. Peace lilies thrive in low and bright light with a slightly moist soil. The next time you need an air freshener, don’t reach for the chemical spray! Breath in the bloom and serenity of a peace lily.

4. Doze Off With Gerbera Daisies

If getting a good night’s rest is not on your agenda this evening, you may want to add some gerbera daisies on your night stand. While most plants release oxygen during the day, their respiratory cycle decreases in the evening hours. However, gerbera daisies continue releasing oxygen all through the night to help you breath and sleep better. Gerbera daisies are especially helpful for those suffering from sleep apnea or breathing disorders. These daisies will have you dozing off in no time!