Health & Wellness

Air Quality is an area of our health that most of us typically overlook. Indoor air can be far more toxic than outside air and the majority of our daily air intake is from indoor, not outdoor air. Even if you spend 1.5 hours outside, every day, seven days a week, out of the 168 hours available each week, that means 94% of your week is spent indoors!

Whether you live, work or just spend time in a new or old home, apartment, or building your air quality could use some love. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental risks to public health. Things we don’t think of (and sometimes don’t control) put toxins into our air every day – think burning candles, use of air fresheners, chemical-laden household cleaners, formaldehyde in products and more.

Now that you have that shocking news to chew on, don’t despair. Several common indoor plants can provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution. Plants in your office or home are not only decorative, but they work to absorb potentially harmful toxins and clean the air inside your personal space. Studies done by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) show that certain houseplants can remove as much as 87% of indoor air pollutants within 24 hours.

Here is the list of the top 10 air detoxifying plants you can grow indoors. These plants can help reduce all sorts of serious air pollutants, even benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, as well as microbial pathogens. The plants reduce air toxins and carbon dioxide while increasing oxygen levels and humidity. Take a screen-shot of this list, jot the list down, or pull up this article at your local nursery or home improvement store and start purifying your air today.

 

  1. Dwarf Date Palm
  2. Boston Fern
  3. Spider Plant
  4. Bamboo Palm
  5. Devil’s Ivy
  6. Broadleaf Lady Palm
  7. Red-Edged Dracaena
  8. Peace Lily
  9. Florist’s Chrysanthemum
  10. English Ivy