Filter Polluted Air with Plants

Reducing stress and becoming more productive can be easy

We live in a toxic world, being exposed to 85,000 untested chemicals in our daily lives. With very little control over what happens when you leave your home, at least you can do something in your living space. The solution can be easy and won’t involve expensive or ugly air purification systems. All you need are some air purifying and air filtering plants that will do the work for you.

Considering we spend 90% of our time indoors, it really is worth coming up with strategies to create clean and healthy environments for ourselves and our loved ones. Plus these houseplants will help you become more productive because you’ll be breathing better quality oxygen while you sleep, (which is when our cells are regenerating).

A lot of the plants you will already recognize if not by name then by their shape. You might have one or two of them already. There are many lists out there on this topic, so I want to focus on just a few that are easy to take care of, are low maintenance and require little direct light.

We want you to feel empowered to make these changes so that you can see the results for yourself.

Spider Plant

A common houseplant, found in offices and on desks the world over. As mentioned above, we highly suggest this plant because it is so easy to take of, it doesn’t mind low light environments and grows slowly. You won’t have to worry about it taking over your bedroom.

In as little as 24 hours, they will have reduced the CO2 levels as well as the carbon monoxide that might have accumulated in your kitchen.

These are very popular plants since they create their own little baby spider plants that you can replant and build yourself a colony of air purifiers. With the potential of becoming a very thoughtful gift one day!

As a general rule of thumb, you only need to water your potted plants when the soil is dry up to your first knuckle when sticking a finger inside.

Access to clean air is a necessity for a healthy mind and body which these air purifying plants can provide.

English Ivy

Who would have thought that something as unglamorous as ivy could be this beneficial for us. Several varieties will work equivalently, for instance Devil’s Ivy will do the trick as well. Both are great options to place at the top of a bookcase or in any unused corner as they can really show off their growing pattern when cascading down to the floor.

You can water your ivy plants less frequently and they will survive even in artificial light. They’re even capable of absorbing carcinogens from the environment and will reduce the effects of second hand smoke. This is an excellent option for folks with allergies, however they are toxic for animals if they eat them.

Snake Plant

If you had to pick one plant that does it all, the Snake Plant would be your best investment. It’s a humidifier, it thrives on neglect – adjusting to direct sun or low lit environments and also can stop excess moisture turning into mold. Like succulents, they’re able to absorb CO2 at night which has proven to increase cognitive functioning and productivity.

On top of removing impruties from the air, they can also absorb some of the chemicals that were used to treat fabrics in carpets or varnished wood. It’s not too hard on the eyes either.

Chinese Money Plant

Spiffy Daisy

Our favourite would have to be the Chinese Money Plant, it’s a little outside of the box when presented as a kokedama, (floating moss covered ball) but is more than just a good luck charm. In following the Feng Shui tradition, they should be placed in front of sharp corners to reduce stress and anxiety. As for Vastu followers these special plants bring positive energy into our lives.

It’s a great plant for beginners because they’re quite difficult to kill except when exposed to cold temperatures. Unlike the other plants mentioned so far, they require moderate light or it will stunt their growth.

Among the chemicals that this plant has shown to reduce from their environments are formaldehyde, (which studies have linked as having carcenogenic properties) in addition to other toxins like benzene, xylene, and toluene.

According to the now famous NASA study from the late 1980’s the most beneficial plant is the Peace Lily, however due to its high maintenance and the difficulty that even seasoned gardeners have with them, we chose to not include it in our list.

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