House plants are crucial elements of a functioning home decor. A little well-distributed greenery, not only revives the space, but also purifies the air – and helps into the creation of a more calm and pleasant atmosphere in every room of your home. It has already been proven that spending time in nature lessens tension and stress levels.
In a study conducted in 2008, Dutch researchers establish that patients, in whose rooms in the hospital there are plants, have less stress levels and they are better recovering from patients without them. Because of this we made a list of very valuable houseplants that are not difficult to keep, and they also increase the level of oxygen and clean the toxins from the air in your home.
Contaminants that can be found indoors and also affect the health are benzene, formaldehyde, and trichlorethylene, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, radon, pesticides and disinfectants.
Here are the top ten best air purifiers rendering to a research by NASA scientists;
Aloe / Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller)
Gel Aloe has many healing properties, of alleviating the pain of blistered skin over the wound healing by cleansing the body and improving the immune system. But it also helps to improve the air quality in your home. This herb can cleanse the air of pollutants that are found in the chemical cleaning agents. When the sum of chemicals in the air becomes extreme of foliage plants will be covered with brown spots. For your information: Aloe likes a lot of sunlight!
English ivy (Hedera helix)
NASA scientists mention that English ivy as one of the best plants for air purification, and this is the most effective plant when it comes to absorption of formaldehyde. In addition, it’s very easy to grow and adjusts well to any environment. Keep it at a moderate temperature and light.
Ficus (Ficus Elastica Ficus benjamina)
All kinds of ficus (gumijevca) are decent for purifying air in the home, and they are one of the easiest plants to grow and thrive even in homes where there’s not much light and in cooler climates. These plants are influential eliminator of toxins and air purifiers.
Spatifilum / Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
This lovely house plant is known as an air purifier. Neutralizes and lessens many types of toxic gases including formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Comparatively it is easy to breed, and quite easy for maintenance. There are no big demands on the matter of direct sunlight, and when it needs water (on a weekly basis) it will show, because it leaves droop. Make sure only to move it away from pets because it’s vary poisonous for them.
Sansevieria / Sabljica / snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Sansevieria is a very beneficial herb for every home. Absorbs carbon dioxide and also releases oxygen at night (most plants do that during the day), so put it in the bedroom. This plant needs a lot of heat; keep it in a moderately warm room. It cannot be in a cold tap water, you must always water it with tepid water (abundant winter, summer, depending on the room heat). Never water it in the heart of the plant, between the leaves; such watering causes safely decay and weakening of plants.
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
And the good-looking bamboo palm found its place on NASA’s list of plants that powerfully clean the air. It is particularly effective in cleaning benzene. Bamboo palm is not too difficult to keep, but it should be often watered and should not be wide-open to direct sunlight (prefers to be in the shadow).
Philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
Philodendrons are a widespread choice as a house plant in many homes. Besides they are not very demanding, they are great in the filtration of air, mainly in the absorption of formaldehyde. Bright place suits them and warm and moist air, but it will prosper in a shaded place as well. Just make sure that it is not in a draft. When you notice that the leaves will began yellowing, it means that you over watered it. If is brown there is not 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 very large (up to ceiling height). This means it is great to decorate and fill space. It removes toxins from the air, mostly xylene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Put it in a bright room out of direct sunlight, avoid drafts. The ideal temperature for the plant is about 17-27 ° C (must not fall below 15 ° C). The ground of Durres should be moist. Be careful not to dry out. During the summer spray the leaves. In the winter do this only once a week.
Gold creeper / Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
This plant also has a useful effect on human health. It removes formaldehyde from the air, thus improving its quality. One of the best choices for beginners is Gold creeper, because without any problem it can resist a variation of lighting conditions indoors. Very poorly tolerates the direct exposure to sunlight. Regular watering is wanted, but be careful not to overdo it with the amount of water.
More plants that improve the quality of the air in your space and also reduce the impact of harmful compounds in the area and increase the amount of oxygen are;
- 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)