House plants are indispensable elements of a functioning home decor. A little well-distributed greenery, not only revive the space, but also purify the air – and help into the creation of a more relaxed and pleasant atmosphere in any room of your home. It has already been proven many times that spending time in nature reduces stress levels and reduces tension. In fact, in a study conducted in 2008, Dutch researchers found that patients, in whose rooms in the hospital are plants, have less stress levels and better recovering from patients without them.
Because of all of this we have made a list of very useful houseplants that are not difficult to maintain, but they also increase the level of oxygen and clean the toxins from the air in the home. Contaminants that can be found indoors and affect the health are formaldehyde, benzene and trichlorethylene, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, pesticides and disinfectants, and radon.
Here are the top 10 best air purifiers according to research by NASA scientists.
Aloe / Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller)
Gel Aloe has many healing properties, of mitigating the pain of blistered skin over the wound healing by detoxifying the body and improving the immune system, but it also helps to improve the air quality in your home. This herb can help cleanse the air of pollutants that are found in the chemical cleaning agents. When the amount of chemicals in the air becomes excessive of foliage plants will be covered with brown spots. Just for information: Aloe likes a lot of sunlight.
English ivy (Hedera helix)
NASA scientists cite that English ivy as one of the best plants for air filtration, and this is the most efficient plant when it comes to absorption of formaldehyde. In addition, it is very easy to grow and adapts well to any environment. Keep it at a moderate temperature and moderate light.
Ficus (Ficus Elastica Ficus benjamina)
All kinds of ficus (gumijevca) are good for purifying air in the home, and they are one of the easiest plants to support and grow and thrive even in homes where there is not much light and in colder climates. These plants are powerful eliminator of toxins and air purifiers.
Spatifilum / Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
This beautiful house plant is known as an air purifier. Neutralizes and reduces many types of toxic gases including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Relatively it is easy to breed, and quite undemanding for maintenance. There are no large demands on the issue of direct sunlight, and when it needs water (watering on a weekly basis) will show itself because it leaves droop. Make sure only that to move it away from pets because it is poisonous to them.
Sansevieria / Sabljica / snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Sansevieria is a very useful herb for every home. It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night (while most plants it does during the day), so put in the bedroom. This plant requires a lot of heat, keep it at least in a moderately warm room. It can not be in a cold tap water, so should always be watered with tepid water (abundant summer, winter, depending on the heat of the room). It should never be watering in the heart of the plant – between the leaves – such watering causes safely decay and deterioration of plants.
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
And the attractive bamboo palm found its place on NASA’s list of plants that efficiently clean the air. It is especially effective in cleaning benzene and trichlorethylene. Bamboo palm is not too demanding, but it should be quite often watered (yet he mustn’t be in the water) and should not be exposed to direct sunlight (preferes to be in the shadow).
Philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
Philodendron are a popular choice as a house plant in many homes, and besides they are not very demanding, they are great and the filtration of air, particularly in the absorption of formaldehyde. It suits them a bright place and the warm and moist air, but will prosper in a shady place as well, just make sure that it is not in a draft. If you notice that the leaves of the plants began yellowing, this means that you over watering it, but if is brown there isn’t enough water in it.
Kordilina / Green Lily / Klorofit (Chlorophytum comosum)
One of the most common home air purifiers, is very decorative, easy to grow and maintain, and is located at NASA’s list of the best air purifiers. This herb is useful in the fight against pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. The plant does not require a lot of light (not like direct light). In summer it needs watering twice a week, and in winter about once a week. In the summer will do her good if you spray the leaves.
Dracena / (Dracaena fragnans)
This beautiful plant can grow quite large (up to ceiling height), which means it is great to decorate and fill space. It also removes toxins from the air, such as xylene, trichlorethylene and formaldehyde. It is best to put in a bright room that is out of direct sunlight, but avoid drafts. The ideal temperature for the growth of the plant is about 17-27 ° C (must not fall below 15 ° C). The ground of Durres should be moist and be careful not to dry out. During the summer she loves spraying the leaves, in the winter you do this only once a week.
Gold creeper / devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
This plant also has a beneficial effect on human health because it removes formaldehyde from the air, thereby improving its quality. Gold creeper is one of the best choices for beginners because without any problem can resist a variety of lighting conditions indoors, but very poorly tolerates direct exposure to sunlight. Regular watering is desirable, but should be careful not to overdo it with the amount of water.
More plants that improve the quality of air in your space, reduce the impact of harmful compounds in the area and increase the amount of oxygen:
- Boston fern / Curly fern / Nefrolepis (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- Krizantema (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
- Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)
- Begonia (Begonia semperflorens)
- Gerber (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Chinese kozlac (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’)
- Tree of life (Dracaena fragnans)