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10 Best Plants to Grow
Indoors for Air Purification
December 30, 2013 by Amanda Froelich
(http://www.trueactivist.com/author/amandaf/)
By: Amanda Froelich,
True Activist. (http://www.trueactivist.com)
Most are naturally drawn to the outdoors for a period of quiet
contemplation and/or a restful area to relax in. But often snowy
weather, lack of time, or location can inhibit ones time in the
wilderness.
Thankfully, it is easier than ever to introduce flora into ones home.
Plants grown indoors have a variety of benefits. Not only are they the
ultimate in functional decorating, but some well-placed greenery can
brighten a space, purify the air, and also create a more relaxing, restful
ambiance. Studies have also proven that bringing lush greenery
indoors can help reduce stress levels (http://www.aarp.org/politics-
society/advocacy/info-07-2012/health-benefits-of-nature.html), relieve
tension (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18329704), and even help
one heal faster.
Reap the benefits nature can offer by adopting one (or more!) of the
following plants into your home.
1. Aloe Plant (http://cdn3.trueactivist.com/wp-
content/uploads/2013/12/aloe1.png)
Not only is the aloe plant readily available to
soothe sunburns, stings, or cuts, it can also
detoxify the body and is great for purifying the air.
Aloe can help clear the air of pollutants
(http://www.aloearborescens.org/phocadownload/aloe%20health%20efficacy.pdf)found
in chemical cleaning products. An intriguing aspect, when the amount of
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harmful chemicals in the air become excessive, the plants leaves will
display brown spots
(http://www.aloearborescens.org/phocadownload/aloe%20health%20efficacy.pdf).
2. English Ivy
According to NASA (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/10/nasas-
guide-to-the-best-p_n_165588.html), English Ivy is the number one
houseplant to grow indoors due to its incredible air filtering abilities. It is
the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde, and
is even easy to grow. An adaptable plant, it can be hung and perched
on the floor and prefers moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.
3. Rubber Tree
If your green thumb is less developed, the rubber tree may be for you.
It easily grows in dim lighting and cooler climates. Plus, the low-
maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.
4. Snake Plant
A wonderful corner plant, the snake plant can thrive without much light
or water. Its also efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide and releases
oxygen during the night (while most plants do during the day), therefore
one in the bedroom may help you in experience better sleep.
5. Peace Lily
This beautiful flower is a wonderful low-maintenance plant to keep in
the home. Peace lilies do well in shade and cooler temperatures, and
they can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air.
6. Philodendron
The heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor
areas, as theyre easy to care for and can grow decorative vines.
Similar to the English Ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing
formaldehyde.
If properly cared for, they can last for many years and grow with your
family. The philodendron prefers moderate water and some sunlight.
7. Bamboo Palm
An attractive and soothing plant, the bamboo palm also made NASAs
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/10/nasas-guide-to-the-best-
p_n_165588.html) list of top-ten clean air plants with a purifying score
of 8.4. The palm is also quite effective at clearing out benzene and
trichloroethylene. Well watered and placed in shade or indirect sunlight,
theyll flourish and intensify the peace in your home.
8. Spider Plant
Spider plants are easy to grow and are a popular house plant for many.
Not only are they decorative, but theyre also on NASAs list of the best
air-purifying plants. Effective at fighting off pollutants (including
benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene), theyre a
beautiful addition to any home seeking
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(http://cdn2.trueactivist.com/wp-
content/uploads/2013/12/emeraldtowers.jpg)
Spider Plant:
Source: Flickr
cleaner air.
9. Golden Pothos
The pothos is a simple -yet beautiful plant
which also made NASAs list. It grows best in
cool temperatures and in low levels of
sunlight. Able to clear formaldehyde from the
air, its a beneficial plant to have in your
living room or as a hanging plant, as the
leaves will grow down in cascading vines.
10. Red-Edged Dracaena
This vibrant plant can grow to be ceiling
height (15 foot dracaenas are common), making it a great plant for
decorating and filling up space. Its beneficial for removing toxins, such
as xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. It flourishes
in sunlight and will be a welcome addition in your home.
Plants offer many amazing benefits; grown indoors, theyll easily allow
you to experience better health, create lush living quarters, and be
content in a healthier atmosphere.
Additional Sources:
Benefits of Being Outdoors (http://www.aarp.org/politics-
society/advocacy/info-07-2012/health-benefits-of-nature.html)
NASA, Top 10 Houseplants
(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/10/nasas-guide-to-the-best-
p_n_165588.html)
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