Top 10 Air Purifying Plants

Nowadays our homes are full of pollutants. Our carpets, rugs, furniture and wall paint all release potentially harmful fumes such as:

  • Benzene : A human carcinogen found in glue, wax, dyes, nylon, pesticides, detergent, furniture paint and cigarette smoke. Long term exposure to high levels causes immune deficiency, anemia, infertility and cancer.
  • Formaldehyde : A human carcinogen found in carpets, non-crease materials, manufactured wood furniture, paints, varnishes, antispectics, cleaning agents and cosmetics. Long term exposure to high levels causes asthma, infertility, gastrointestinal disorders, liver and kidney damage and cancer.
  • Trichlorethylene : Found in some vegetable oils, dry cleaning solvents, drinking water, detergents, soaps, perfumes and dyes. Long term exposure to high levels causes toxicity to the nervous system, kidneys, liver, immune system and male reproductive system.
  • Toluene : Found in paint, paint thinners, nail varnish, glue and tanned leather. Long term exposure to high levels causes memory loss, nausea, dizziness, toxicity to the nervous system, heart and blood.
  • Xylene : Found in synthetic fibres, plastic, cleaning products, shellac, paint, cigarette smoke and petrol. Long term exposure to high levels causes skin irritation, muscle spasms, hearing loss and damage to kidneys, lungs, heart and nervous system.
  • Ammonia : Found in synthetic fibres, glue, woodstain, smelling salts, cleaning products, drinking water and fertiliser. Long term exposure to high levels causes irritation to eyes, nose, throat, lungs and digestive tract.

As we begin to understand that indoors is often more polluted than outdoors, bringing plants into the home to improve air quality is a simple step to promoting better health. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They also neutralise toxins in the air, filtering them out and purifying our homes.

Plants are also thought to help heal the energy of a space by making it more vibrant and gentle. As green is the psychological colour of health, having green around the home is believed to improve mood, focus and energy.

Here are our Top 10 Air Purifying Plants for the Home:

  • Florist’s Chrysanthemum : Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, toluene, xylene, ammonia.
  • English Ivy : Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, toluene, xylene.
  • Peace Lily : Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, toluene, xylene, ammonia.
  • Snake Plant : Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, toluene, xylene.
  • Dracena Reflexa : Removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, toluene, xylene.
  • Flamingo Lily : Removes formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, ammonia.
  • Broadleaf Lady Palm : Removes formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, ammonia.
  • Lilyturf : Removes formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, ammonia.
  • Devil’s Ivy : Removes benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene.
  • Areca Palm : Removes formaldehyde, toluene, xylene.

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