INDOOR PLANTS : the effect they have on the air we breathe in our homes

“Life is in the power of breathing.”


When we breathe we take in oxygen and release carbon dioxide, plants on the other hand, during photosynthesis, absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen.  This is why plants and people are a happy pair especially for those locked up in doors for hours each day in your office or home.

Plants like humans rest during the night and reverse their function by absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide, therefore plants such as succulents and orchids are great to have in your bedroom because they continue through the night to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, therefore refreshing the air while you sleep.

While plants increase the oxygen in a room they also purify the air and remove toxins – up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.  Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.

Having plants in your home and / or office improves health and wellbeing and focus.

Also opening the curtains and windows to allow fresh air to more throughout your home and office space is also beneficial.

 5 Beneficial Indoor Plants 

1. Peace Lily : Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene.

2. Snake Plant : Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.

3. Weeping Fig : A ficus in your living room can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Caring for a ficus can be tricky, but once you get the watering and light conditions right, they will last a long time.

4. Gerbera Daisy : This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.

5. English Ivy : A study found that the plant reduces airborne fecal-matter particles. It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products.

 #It’s also very important to note that some plants are incredibly toxic for housepets – including the English Ivy and Peace Lily mentioned above. The ASPCA has a very helpful list of plants that are toxic for cats, dogs and horses to help you make the best decision for your home or office.


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