Top air purifying house plants

Once again Mother Nature comes to the rescue to clean up our mess! When are we going to show some thankfulness back, it will never be too late. We didn't need a PhD to know that spending time in nature can greatly reduce our stress level, nevertheless we welcome recent Dutch and American studies revealing in scientific terms what is really just part of common knowledge: indoor plants contribute to the health of our home environments, therefore of our well being and that of our beloved ones. Take a look at the top air purifying house plants according to recent NASA studies!

Science and common knowledge

Apart form their decorative qualities and the fact that they can brighten up any space, all house plants are beneficial to some extent, simply because they produce oxygen from carbon dioxyde (Co2). And if you ever felt that they also contribute in making your space more relaxing and calm, well now thanks a recent Dutch research it has been officially proved: having plants living in our homes actually reduce our stress levels.

Most notably, many common house plants have been tested by NASA in search of the best ways of cleansing the atmosphere in future space stations. The results? Most well known indoor plants are an excellent help in fighting pollutions in our living environments. Thanks to their everyday processes of photosynthesis, our indoor green companions can successfully rid the air we breathe from chemical nasties such as benzene, formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene, presenting us with pure, much needed oxygen in return.

Some pollutants are also absorbed and neutralised by the soil itself – not much differently from what devised by Hayao Miyazaki in his immortal Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, where a toxic jungle in a post atomic world is in fact creating in its core a pure, incontaminated environment where humans will have the chance to survive. Take this, energy consuming electronic air purifying devices: we can do much better with the aid of our beloved top air purifying house plants, thanks a lot!

You can find the NASA study here:


and the Dutch research here:


Here's the list:

According to the NASA study, some of the top air purifying house plants are:

Aloe Barbadensis = aloe vera

Hedera helix = English ivy,

Chlorophytum comosum = Spider plant

Epipiremnum aureum = golden pothos

Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa' = peace lily

Aglaonema modestum = Chinese evergreen

Chamaedorea sefritzii = bamboo or reed palm

Sansevieria trifasciata = snake plant

Philodendron scandens `oxycardium' = heartleaf philodendron

Philodendron selloum = selloum philodendron

Philodendrondomesticum = elephant ear philodendron

Dracae namarginata = red-edged dracaena

Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana' = cornstalk dracaena

Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig'= Janet Craig dracaena

Dracaenaderemensis `Warneckii' = Warneck dracaena

Ficus benjamina = weeping fig

Most of these plants have evolved in tropical or sub-tropical forests, which means they are used at receiving light filtered through dense, taller trees foliage. This makes them particularly well apt at thriving in relatively low light conditions while still efficiently processing gasses in the air. Perfect for our indoor living spaces.

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