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Nature to Our Rescue - Air Filtering Houseplants.

 

More Indoor Time May Mean More Indoor Toxins.

 

As we humans are now spending more time Indoors, it is beneficial to re-visit the indoor plant study conducted by NASA, on the toxins that were found in the indoor air and using some of the plants found in the study to effectively remove those toxins to improve the quality of the air we breathe!

 

Although the toxins present in each individual space  would depend on what was present in the Space, the most common ones found along with Dust and mould were:

  • Trichloroethylene
  • Xylene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Ammonia
  • Benzene

 

The toxic symptoms commonly linked with short term exposure to these toxins found were Dizziness, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Drowsiness, Ear Nose Throat irritation, Sore throat, Asthma, Cough, Confusion, Heart problems, Liver and Kidney damage.

 

The Study also then went on to find that certain Plants could come to our rescue by releasing not only Oxygen but also effectively  clearing the indoor air of these toxins, moulds, dust, paint, etc….

To Effectively carry out this task, the plants need to be  of a certain height and number depending upon the dimensions of the area involved.

Six of the plants that were found to be the most effective in purifying the quality of indoor air were,

Aloe Vera, which  releases Oxygen, absorbs Carbon dioxide, Carbon monoxide , Formaldehyde and can replace an air-purifier in the space.

Ficus Elastica which does not need a lot of light is also very effective in removing Formaldehyde, although its leaves can be poisonous, especially if children and pets are in the house.

Ivy was found to effectively clear 60% of the toxins in the air in 6 hours.

Spider Plant which performs Photosynthesis under minimal light also absorbed Formaldehyde, Carbon monoxide, Gasolene and Styrene.

Snake plant, an endurable plant was beneficial especially in the bedroom as it also released Oxygen at night.

Peace Lilies, 3 to 4 plants placed per 80 square meter area were found to remove Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene in that space.

 

Let us continue to look for and work with the wonders provided by Nature to improve our Health and Livingness !

 

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