Sure there are air filtration systems and such, but what if you could create some very clean air, with less cost, simply by including a few choice plants in your living space? NASA researchers have found that common houseplants absorb several toxins like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. These plants help to prevent something called Sick Building Syndrome; which is mainly due to poor indoor air quality.
According to The New Ecologist, there are several house plants that are not only easy to maintain, but act as filters for clearing the air. Keep in mind that one plant can be responsible for about 10 square yards of floor space; you may need a few plants in one room. Not all plants need a lot of light, many such plants thrive in low light. Also, plants tend to do better if they are not set in a drafty area.
Here are just a few of the plants that you can place around your home to help clean up the air:
- The Feston Rose Plant is very low maintenance, beautiful, and smells wonderful
- English Ivy is great for houses that have pets as it filters fecal particles
- African Violets are attractive and are easily propagated with clippings
- Yellow Goddess (love the name) takes up little space, and bears a lovely bloom
- The Garlic Vine not only cleans the air, but its leaves, roots and flowers are effective in treating colds, fever and sore throats
- The Peace Lily is great in rooms where stinky chemicals like nail polish and paint are used
We have all heard how bringing a bit of nature inside is so very good for us! Now we can add one more amazing benefit of connecting nature into our indoor spaces.