7 Plants That Work As Natural Air Purifiers For Your Home

LIFESTYLE  |  December 01, 2017
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    If you find yourself tossing and turning all night, you might want to consider placing some flora and fauna in your home and bedroom.

    Aside from serving as the perfect accent piece to beautify any living space, plants can also help to relief eye strain. These plants don’t just look good, they do good too, doubling as natural air purifiers, improving the air quality by absorbing and filtering out toxic agents from our indoor air. A research done by NASA found that houseplants were able to provide space stations with purer and cleaner air.

    In addition to improving air quality, having plants in your home can reduce stress levels which in turn helps you to sleep better. Here are seven easily available NASA-approved houseplants that will help you to destress and spruce up the air quality in your home.

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    A version of this article originally appeared on www.herworldplus.com.

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  • Aloe Vera
    2 / 8 Aloe Vera

    The plant has always been prized for its healing properties. The gel inside the leaves is great for moisturising the skin, healing wounds and burns.

    Aside from possessing healing properties, aloe vera also does wonders in improving the air quality by keeping your living space free from the benzene, an industrial solvent commonly found in paint and chemical cleaners.

    Even if you don’t have green fingers, you can still grow and care for this low-maintenance houseplant.

    (Also Read: 5 Ways To Keep Your Home Smelling Clean And Fresh – Toilets Included!)

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  • Boston Fern
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    If you have chronic dry skin, you might want to give the beauty aisle a miss and head to the plants section instead. Boston fern is a popular plant that grows very well in humid environments with strong sunlight.

    They serve as a humidifier by restoring moisture in the air. Additionally, the plant also gets rid of traces of formaldehyde, a strong-smelling chemical that is used to produce objects like furniture made from manufactured wood.

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  • Peace Lily
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    This beautiful flowering plant will not only spruce up any living space but also purify the air and reduce the levels of toxins in the air. Because it thrives in shade and cooler temperatures, this low-maintenance flower is the perfect plant to have around in your office.

    Do note that peace lilies are toxic to both cats and dogs though.

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  • Chinese Evergreen
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    The perfect plant for gardening rookies, the plant is not only easy to care for but is also useful in removing toxins in the air that are found in chemical-based cleaners. The Chinese evergreen is able to survive under low light conditions so it is a good option for those who are looking to decorate their rooms with plants.

    (Also Read: How Many Calories Do You Burn While Doing Housework?)

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  • Spider Plant
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    This plant has been said to be able to remove up to 90 percent of pollutants in the air. If you are allergic to dust, do consider placing a spider plant in your living space because the leaves of the spider plant have been known to absorb mould and other harmful allergens. It has also been proven to remove traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

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  • English Ivy
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    For those with furry pals at home, the English ivy plant is a godsend because it can help to reduce the amount of airborne faecal matter. If you have problems concentrating at work, studies have also shown that the plant helps to increase focus because it removes traces of benzene, a chemical that is commonly found in office supplies.

    (Also Read: 8 Natural Ways to Prevent Cockroaches At Home)

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  • Heart Leaf Philodendron
    8 / 8 Heart Leaf Philodendron

    While this toxic plant (when consumed) may not be the most ideal plant if you have little ones or pets at home, it is excellent in removing traces of formaldehyde. Plus, it is also relatively easy to care for.

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