How To Purify The Air With Indoor Plants

In recent years, indoor air quality has become a concern for people from all walks of life. Research has shown that many plants detoxify and purify the air, reducing allergens, parasites and common volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as increasing the oxygen content of the air. All of this can have a positive effect on human health. Poor air quality in an indoor environment can lead to what is known as “sick building syndrome”, which causes many ailments not limited to headaches, nausea, dizziness, and irritation of the mucous membranes in the body. NASA have been researching the ability of plants to purify air systems, primarily to improve the air quality aboard spaceships, but now you can gain the benefits of clean air through plants in your very own home or office space. In this article we will be exploring five different types of plants that clean the air.

English Ivy – Hedera helix

Sometimes seen as a pest in gardens, potted English Ivy is actually beneficial in the home – as long as it is kept under control through pruning. It is an evergreen, trailing plant, usually with dark, pointed leaves. It is commonly used as a house plant or ornamental, either in pots or hanging baskets. English Ivy is well-adapted for indoor life, and is fine with being kept in low-light conditions, so there is no need to worry about extra lighting. In the NASA Clean Air Study, English Ivy has been found to reduce the number of mould particles in the air, as well as reducing harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene, and several other compounds. When keeping this plant, be sure not to over water it and feed it monthly with a general purpose plant fertilizer. English ivy is not a picky plant and is quite easy to look after.

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