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4 House Plants that Clean the Air

The pretty plants that you have sitting around your house may be doing more than showing off your creativity. Potted plants combat indoor pollution and improve your home and wellbeing. A 2 year study conducted by NASA scientists and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, have researched about a dozen plants for their added health benefits. The results show that some plants can absorb hazardous contaminants and produce clean air.

Chrysanthemums, originally cultivated in China in fifteenth century BC, have many medicinal and culinary uses. The plant is pretty with its yellow and white flowers and it is even enjoyed as a sweet drink in some parts of Asia, also its greens are boiled and served as a meal in China. In the NASA study, chrysanthemums proved to be effective at removing benzene from the air, which is one of the most common odorless pollutants found in inks, paints, plastics, dyes, detergents, gasoline, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. These flowers last about six weeks and thrive in bright, indirect light.

You can purify your home with the Peace Lily. Native to tropical regions, this beautiful plant has large leaves that have the power to vacuum formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and other long-named pollutants! Peace Lilies thrive in low and bright light with a slightly moist soil. Who needs air freshener spray when you can just enjoy the scent and benefits of the peace lily?

The Bamboo Palm has many benefits for improving your home and the air you breathe. The plant usually grows between 3 to 6 feet tall and has long, elegant leaves that sweep away toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene and chloroform. In addition to improving the air you breathe, the Bamboo Plant is an excellent spider mite repellant. During the cold winter months when the air is extremely dry, this plant emits some of the much-needed moisture. It’s best to keep this plant out of direct sunlight and feeds on all-purpose liquid fertilizer during the summer months.

Gerbera Daisies will aid in your abilities to sleep, so get some to keep on your nightstand. Most plants will release oxygen during the day and their respiratory cycle decreases in the evening hours, but the Gerbera Daisies continue to release oxygen all through the night to help you breathe and sleep better. If you suffer from sleep apnea or breathing disorders the Gerbera Daisies will have you sleeping in no time!

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