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9 “NASA Approved” Houseplants To Clean The Air & Improve Your Health

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 Anne    267

Indoor plants are beautiful additions to any interior, but they do more than add to the aesthetics of your home. They refresh the air by drawing in carbon dioxide and releasing pure oxygen as all green plants everywhere do. Plants also act as natural humidifiers, easing respiratory problems like dry coughs and colds. In addition to that, they absorb certain unwanted or toxic chemicals from the air, effectively removing them from the air we breathe. Several studies have shown that they improve mood and increase productivity in work environments.

It feels good to have something green and growing within our immediate living space. It could be considered a natural extension of our original existence in the lap of nature. While we demarcate the exteriors and the interiors with impermeable walls, bringing a few plants indoors can make all the difference. We already knew from experience that indoor plants lift up our spirits and make us less prone to headaches, mood swings and even allergies. But it took certain experiments by NASA in controlled conditions to tell us exactly why.

They tested a number of common houseplants against indoor air pollutants, particularly ammonia and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, toluene, and xylene. High levels of VOCs in the indoor air result in several health problems, collectively called ‘sick building syndrome’. Some of them, like benzene, are known carcinogens. Benzene plays a major role in the carcinogenic effect of tobacco smoke. This chemical leaches into the air from plastics, synthetic fibers and resins in the house and cause nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Formaldehyde emitted by paints and varnishes and the adhesives used in wall boards can irritate the respiratory tract and cause allergies.

Many of the plants tested absorbed at least one or two of the toxic compounds while a few showed the capacity to mop up several of them, if not all. Surprisingly, the best performers are also easy-care plants that are readily available.

1. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

2. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

4. Mother-in-law’s tongue/Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)

5. Dracaena (Dracaena marginata, D. fragrans‘Massangeana,’ D. deremensis ‘Janet Craig’ and ‘Warneckei’)

6. Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

7. Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

8. Broadleaf lady palm (Rhapis excels)

9. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

We can all benefit from clean air. I'm sure there are other studies done other than NASA.

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/indoor-houseplants-to-improve-your-health/

Edited by Ukshep
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 Ukshep    20,200

Whenever NASA approves something for the public I question it :) that said...... can't go wrong with greenery can you?

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 Anne    267
56 minutes ago, Ukshep said:

Whenever NASA approves something for the public I question it :) that said...... can't go wrong with greenery can you?

Exactly!!:D

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