Air is one of the five elements that we cannot live without. This statement is most of the time taken for granted because people are part of the mass air pollution. This element of great meaning is so often underestimated, that people do not even bother to think if the air they breathe is clean or not.
However, since we surely cannot avoid the polluted air in the city, why not make our houses and apartments little oases of purified air? And, even for this problem, Mother Nature has a solution and it involves plants which will not only improve your health by purifying the air, but also are a perfect decoration for your home.
Here are our top 5 plants which will protect you against radiation, chemicals, harmful cigarettes smoke and much more:
- Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)
This plant works best if you live with a cigarettes smoker. It will neutralize the cigarettes smoke and therefore protect the other members of your family. The ficus will also reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide, trielina, carbon monoxide and chemicals from paints and varnishes. It is important to water it frequently and put it on a sunny spot.
- Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii”)
One of the best when it comes to filtering out formaldehyde, the snake plant, may take place in your bathroom, in the garage, or anywhere near cleaning products, toilet papers and personal care products. The snake plant will dwell under humid and steamy conditions while at the same time it doesn’t require much sun.
- Warneck Dracaena ( Dracaena Deremensis “Warneckii”)
The beautiful dracaena will protect you of air pollution from oils and varnishes. This plant is easy to maintain and keep indoors. It will require a lot of water and you shouldn’t expose it on direct sunlight.
- Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Sefritzii)
The bamboo palm, also known as the red- palm, is the best when it comes to filtering out benzene and trichloroethylene. You can place this plant in a shady place in your home and expect it to produce some flowers and little berries.
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The peace lily is one of the rare air purifiers which flowers, so it would be a great decoration for your living room. You should have in mind that the peace lily is poisonous to pets, so maybe keeping the plant on a higher shelf in your living room would be a great idea.
This plant blooms year round and will protect you from VOC benzene, which is mostly found in furniture wax, polishes and paints; toluene and xylene. It also filters out the acetone which is emitted by electronics, certain cleaners and adhesives.
As a final note we would like to remind you that only with the proper care and love your plants will grow and dwell while making your home a more beautiful and clean place to live in.