Did you know that potted plants can combat indoor air pollution? According to a study by NASA scientists and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, certain plants can absorb dangerous contaminants in the air. The results ultimately showed that placing certain potted plants in your home or favorite room can greatly improve your health. Below are examples of which plants may be great candidates as air pollution solutions for your home and health.
Chrysanthemums are effective at removing benzene from the air. Benzene is a toxic, highly flammable chemical. According to The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), benzene causes cancer in humans, and long-term exposure can result in anemia or excessive bleeding. Benzene is found in degreasers and rust removal products, as well as in passive smoking, inks and ink markers, rubber cement, paints, lacquer thinner, glues, adhesives, detergents, and furniture wax, etc. Click here for more information on benzene.
Peace lilies are one of the easiest houseplants to maintain, which makes them a popular housewarming gift. But the gift brings more than beauty. They are, also, one of the best air purifying houseplants. Their large leaves help deal with pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Formaldehyde is a poisonous material that can increase cancer and breathing difficulties. It is sometimes found in food products to help preserve their shelf life. Trichloroethylene is a toxic liquid now used predominantly as an industrial solvent, a degreasing agent for metals.
Bamboo palm is considered one of the best plants for removing benzene and trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde in the air.
Gerbera daisies are good at dealing with benzene and trichloroethylene, associated with dry cleaned articles. Also, they help people with sleep problems because they release oxygen throughout the night, making it easier for people to breath and sleep better.
Please be sure to consult a medical professional if you are experiencing health symptoms that you think may be related to exposure to toxic chemicals like those mentioned above. Plants help, but they are not a cure-all.
These are just some of the several potted plants that can add to better health. Do you have a particular plant that decreases the air pollution indoors? Feel free to post your plant experience below in a comment.