In my search for durable house plants, I learned something from NASA and space stations.
During the late 1980’s, NASA began studying houseplants as a means of providing purer and cleaner air for space stations. Their research found several houseplants that can help filter out certain harmful compounds that hang in the air, making it much healthier to breathe. The added bonus is that these plants are also almost impossible to kill!
Here are nine plants that are on the Clean Air Virtually – Indestructible Plant List inspired by NASA’s research.
The gel inside the leaves of the Aloe Vera is known for its ability to heal skin irritations but it is also a great plant to improve indoor air quality by filtering out benzene which is commonly found in paint and chemical cleaners.
The Peace Lily is a beautiful plant and I read it can improve indoor air quality by as much as 60 percent. Kept in the bathroom it helps reduce levels of mold spores and absorb harmful vapors from alcohol and acetone.
Spider plants are easy to grow and it is said that within just two days, this plant can remove up to 90 percent of the toxins of indoor air, the perfect plant for those who have common dust allergies. Also the Spider plant helps absorb traces of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
The English Ivy plant has a very special characteristic that I found surprising, it’s perfect for pet owners because it can reduce the amount of airborne fecal matter. It also absorbs formaldehyde found in cleaning products and carpets. Another study suggests keeping the plant on your desk can help with better focus because it absorbs trace amounts of benzene, a chemical found in office equipment.
Boston Fern is one plant that offers beauty and health benefits. The ferns require frequent misting but in return the ferns act as humidifiers putting moisture back into the air giving some relief to dry skin and dry air from cold weather and heaters. The ferns also help to eliminate traces of formaldehyde.
Eucalyptus has been used for centuries to ease cold and flu symptoms and just breathing in the scent of these plants can help open congested airways. The leaves of the Eucalyptus are filled with tannins which raise healthy fluids in the body’s air passages.
The purple color of the African Violets is a health benefit in itself. Research has shown gazing at the plant helps stimulate an adrenaline release, increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain and helping you to relax.
The Chinese Evergreen produces tiny red berries that are lovely to look at but they also help remove toxins left hanging in the air from chemical based household cleaners.
In the NASA research, this plant was an air-purifying champion.
Also known as Mums, they produce beautiful flowers and the variety of colors they grow in alone makes them a wonderful choice for any home. Chrysanthemums can help filter out benzene, among other chemicals from detergents, paints, plastics and glue better than the rest.
Take care, stay well.
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