The air in our homes and jobs is getting worse and worse. And is that our lifestyle makes more and more in our home appear more chemical-synthetic products that release Volatile Organic Compounds that are harmful to health from certain concentrations.
The most frequent are: formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, benzene, xylene, toluene, carbon dioxide and ammonia, some of them with proven carcinogenic effects.
In 1984, NASA prepared the report "Ornamental plants for the reduction of internal air pollution" where a list of plants capable of purifying the air was published. then I present them to you:
Ficus Rubber.Wikimedia Commons
It is a perennifolia species of the genus of figs, native to northeastern India (Assam), southern Indonesia (Sumatra and Java). It was introduced in Europe in 1815 as an indoor plant. One of the easiest maintenance. Putting this plant in our house can reduce formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound that is harmful to health.
Golden Pothos. Pixabay
It is one of the easiest to maintain. It is characterized by its golden leaves, heart-shaped and is very popular in North America. It is a resistant plant that can survive in low light and cooler temperatures, ideal for offices and homes, since it releases carbon monoxide and formaldehyde into the air.
It is very resistant and fast growing. At home he prefers bright indirect light and damp earth. Ideal for the bathroom or the kitchen.
English ivy.Wikimedia Commons
It is a typical climbing plant that can rise many meters above the ground and ascend by almost any type of surface, such as trees, rocks, walls. The harvest of the leaves and the stem can be done at any time of the year, although it is more advisable to do it before flowering. It can reduce formaldehyde, trichlorethylene and benzene, volatile organic compounds harmful to health.
This vine is a little harder to grow, prefer the cold and humidity, can be put in a pot on the balcony.
Spider Plant. Wikimedia Commons
Eliminates carbon monoxide and other toxins and impurities. It is one of the three plants that best eliminates formaldahyde cases from the air. It is very easy to take care of, with the temperature, the irrigation and the appropriate light your plant will live many years.
Tolerates well the lack of light and cold. They tolerate drought and do not die if irrigation is forgotten, since they store water in the roots.
Áloe vera.Wikimedia Commons
Aloe vera always surprises us with properties we have never heard of before. In addition to its emollient and healing properties for the skin, it also helps to get rid of benzene and formaldehyde in the environment.
Boston Fern by Jim Hammer.flickr
The fern moistens and purifies the air from the evaporations of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. He likes abundant watering and shade.
If you prefer flowers in pots in your home, keep in mind that chrysanthemums, daisies and African violets also have a great ability to purify the air. Whether you choose plants for their air cleaning properties or to add a lush vibration to your space, they all reduce the levels of carbon dioxide and dust in the air and are always a beautiful addition to any home or office.
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