When it comes to your health, the quality of the air in your environment is just as important as the quality of the food you eat. You may not realise that indoor air pollutants surround you every day, meaning that stagnant air with contaminants are in your living and working spaces every day. Breathing in this dirty air every day can cause health problems such as headaches, dizziness and irritation in the nose, eye and ear. The good news is that you can use houseplants for cleaning indoor air.
Research has found that having potted plants in a room can reduce the amount of air particles and purify the air by taking in carbon dioxide. Having plants in a room also has a positive effect on mood by reducing stress levels and also improving the quality of sleep by providing a boost of oxygen.
Even more good news is that you don’t have a green thumb to have houseplants in your home. NASA has completed research as part of the Clean Air Study and has found the best, and least destructible indoor plants to keep inside your home or office to help purify the air you breath in.
Most of the chemicals found in the air inside comes from chemical based cleaners, paint, leathers and varnishes and from the byproducts of dry-cleaning. The best indoor plants for air purification will work by absorbing harmful gases through pores on the surface of their leaves. This is the same process that occurs during photosynthesis, when plants convert light energy and carbon dioxide into chemical energy to fuel growth. So, with these plants to clean the air of your indoor living space, you will find yourself breathing easier and feeling better.
1. Chrysanthemum is an easy to find flowering plant that will help to remove the pollutants ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Grow it in a well-lit window with direct sunlight- this plant will be sure to brighten the room as well as clean it of pollutants.
2. Gerbera Daisy is a colourful flowering plant that can filter trichloroethylene and benzene and is easy to look after by keeping it in a sunny spot and misting it a few times a week.
3. Spider Plant is super easy to grow where there are cooler temperatures and will also help to remove formaldehyde, carbon dioxide and xylene. This plant has the added benefit of being able to be regrow by cutting off a section and potting the cutting.
4. Dracaena comes in many different varieties that have long wide foliage, and can remove formaldehyde, tricolor ethylene and xylene, but this plant should be avoided by let owners due to it being toxic to pets. If you do grow this plant, it may reach your ceiling and should be kept in low to medium sunlight.
5. Weeping Fig is a hardy indoor plant that grows up to 10 feet tall in the right conditions. It is low maintenance but powerful at removing benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethane and can look great in your living areas.
6. Peace Lily is not only easy to grow and beautiful when in bloom, but it is also cleans the air of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
8. Snake Plant is almost impossible to kill, and grows best in day and sunny positions. It too will help to eliminate benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. It thrives in low light and humid conditions so would do well in a bedroom or bathroom.
9. Bamboo Palm thrives in full sun and bright positions where it can grow up to 12 feet high, meaning they can filter a lot of air from benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
10. Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years and it is not only easy to look after and great for removing formaldehyde from the air, but the liquid in its leaves it is also great for healing skin conditions and sunburn.
Once you have some of these air purifying plants in your home or office, you should notice a big difference in the air quality you are breathing, and will also feel relaxed too by being able to enjoy the greenery and beauty of any flowers they bloom.
It is our philosophy at bootcamp holiday to be healthy in all aspects of your life. Your living environment and surrounds all work in combination with your physical fitness and the food you eat to make you into the healthiest person possible.