We all are aware of the importance of plants for our survival.  Plants produce uncountable benefits for people, such as improving air quality, reducing carbon dioxide levels, reduce sickness, improving our health etc. Studies show that having plants in your workspace can even increase your productivity and boost your creativity. Plants also decorate our homes, both inside and outsides. For thousands of years plants and gardening have also been considered good for people physically, mentally, and socially. Until recently, information about the effects of plants on people were based on case studies, such as people saying working in their gardens made them feel better.

Apart from being a home décor, Indoor plants physically, contribute to cleaner, healthier air for us to breathe, thus improving our wellbeing and comfort. They make our surroundings more pleasant and make us feel calmer. Interior plants have been associated with reduced stress, increased pain tolerance, and improved productivity in people.

The U.S NASA’s studies show that many common foliage plants reduce levels of some interior pollutants, including formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. According to NASA report of 1989, data from two years study was generated on various indoor plants growing in soil, and microorganism found in their surrounding soil environment. One study documented that foliage plants can raise relative humidity to healthier and more comfortable levels of interior spaces. Another study showed that plants can reflect, diffract or absorb sounds, depending on the frequency. Plants were shown to reduce noise under certain conditions.

Though we are aware of outdoor pollutants we never think of indoor pollutants and indoor air pollution. Indoor air quality is of great importance since it influences human health especially in developing countries where people spend 90% of their time indoor. It has been reported that indoor air is more polluted than the outdoor air. There are various varieties of plants that remove different pollutants from the air such as sansevieria [snake plant], chlorophytum comosum [spider plant], pothos [money plant]. These are helpful in removal of ozone.

 Some of the indoor plants and their benefits are listed below.

BOSTON FERN

Boston ferns are popular and typically attractive houseplants with long, graceful petals bedecked with tiny leaves. It can grow quite large and make a showy but elegant addition to your home. Boston ferns can be displayed in any number of ways, including on pedestals, in hanging baskets, as part of a grouping, or as lush specimen plants on the windowsill.

BOSTON FERN

Boston Fern is thought to be one of the best air purifying houseplants. Ferns have the highest formaldehyde removal efficiency of all plants tested. It also removes toluene and xylene from the air.  Apart from getting rid the home of harmful toxins, it also improves humidity by helping to restore moisture to the air naturally too. Because of these air-purifying properties, the Boston Fern is said to offer real health benefits to those who suffer from dry skin or irritably dry noses or throats.

Boston fern care is as simple as making sure the plant is in the right environment. If you make sure that your fern is getting the right care for Boston fern plant, your plant will live for many years to come.

PEPEROMIA

Peperomia is a delightful, easy-to-grow indoor plant that’s been around for years and it’s still popular. They are grown for ornamental purposes, as they are fleshy, succulent, colorful and adaptable. These plants are mostly tropical and are the source of many of the essential oils and botanical oddities that we use. Peperomia have the ability to be propagated from any part of the plant, except for the roots. Stem or even leaf cuttings however can root if given proper conditions.

PEPEROMIA

 One unique aspect of Peperomia is that all that their foliage purifies the air, according to NASA research. This plants effectively reduces the level of formaldehyde indoors by 47% and that’s good to know because a significant portion of indoor air is made up of the substance.

SPIDER PLANT

The resilient spider plant is an excellent choice for those who are new to keeping houseplants. Those long stems, with babies and flowers at the ends, just spray out any which way they want to! These hanging plants, with fleshy rhizomatic roots, need a bit of room to show off their arching displays. It is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems, other than brown tips.

Spider plants are most effective in removing environmental toxins such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, Xylene, and toluene from air, according to NASA research. One of the best spider plant benefits is, it is pet safe; ie, it is non-toxic to animals! Another interesting point is that variegated varieties of spider plant produce more chlorophyll than other variegated houseplants which means more oxygen production. 

PEACELILLY

The Peace Lily, also known as the White Sail Plant or Spathiphyllum, is one of the most popular plants to grow indoors. The elegant flowers of the Peace Lily make this an attractive houseplant. A small peace lily plant can be kept anywhere like to the corner of the rooms, on the tables and shelves.      

          

PEACELILLY

The peacelilly helps remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, tolune and xylene from the air. The Peace Lily is also highly effective at removing mould spores from the air. The harmful vapors from alcohol and acetone are known to have adverse effects on our health. Peace lilies absorb the harmful acetone vapors and keep its presence in the surrounding air in control.

GOLDEN POTHOS

A perfect houseplant for beginners, pothos is one of the most popular and one of the easiest you can grow. This hardy indoor plant features dark green leaves splashed and marbled in shades of yellow, cream, or white. You can grow it in hanging baskets to trail down, let it climb a totem or trellis, or grow horizontally along a tabletop or mantle. 

GOLDEN POTHOS

Golden pothos is considered an air purifying house plant. These plants remove benzene, tolune, xylene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde in the air.

Golden pothos is a poisonous plant and should be kept away from small children and pets.

SNAKE PLANT

This plant has a typical evergreen sword-shaped leaves propagate mainly creeping rhizome. Due to the succulent nature of the snake plant, it requires less water to survive. Snake plant is grown both indoors and outdoors as a decorative plant.

SNAKE PLANT

Snake plants are on the NASA list of house plants that clean and filter air. The best possible place to store this plant is in the bedroom as it converts carbon dioxide into oxygen at night and releases relatively low amounts of CO2 during the day. So, keeping the snake plant would help you improve the quality of sleep. The rich oxygen at your home would let your nerves relax and enjoy a sound sleep.

The NASA Clean Air Study states that Snake Plant can remove 4 out of the 5 main toxins involved in the effects of sick building syndrome. Apart from Carbon Dioxide, this plant can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene and thus you can be safe from the cancer-causing pollutants.

Apart from removing carbon dioxide, multiplying oxygen, and absorbing volatile organic compounds, Snake Plants also reduce airborne allergies. It is good to use air filters or air purifiers, but don’t forget to bring this stunning plant at your home because it is a natural air purifier that will shield you against most of the airborne allergies.

AGLAONEMA

The aglaonema is a highly decorative plant and one of the most popular houseplants. Its color variations—from dark green to silver, and some with hints of red—adds to your home’s decor.  It has large, narrow, and glossy oval leaves on short stems. Best of all, it does not like full sun, so it is perfect for indoors, especially if window light is a commodity in your home. It’s gorgeous on desks or tabletops, as well as coffee tables and side tables in dens, living rooms, and bedrooms. 

AGLAONEMA

This is one of the top ten air purifying plants, according to NASA’s list. It helps to improve the air quality of indoor with the ability to remove chemical vapors from indoor environment. Furthermore, this gorgeous leafy indoor plant emits Oxygen, which assists in increasing productivity and enriching health.

First Published at Creative Moms Hub

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