TLC LIVING: Air Purifying Plants

I am in strong believer in not just showing TLC (Tender Loving Care) to your body, skin and hair by eating natural foods, or using natural products, but I also believe in TLC Living by living as naturally free of toxins as possible.

On the TLC Naturals facebook page, I shared a picture on 6 recommended air purifying plants (see picture below):

1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.

3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.

6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night

As some of you, especially those who follow me on Facebook, would know, I have just moved house.  It’s been a blessing to be able to move into a more spacious place and it’s always fun decorating a new place.

Over the weekend I went shopping for a few plants for the home and I bought 4 out of the 6 air purifying plants.  I got the 4 plants from Homebase (UK) for just under £20 and I can’t wait to buy the remaining two when I am able to find them.

Below is a picture of the 4 plants I bought:

From Left to Right: Peace Lily, gerbera daisy, spider plant and areca palm

Here are some of the benefits of air purifying plants:

  • The plants act as filters because they help absorb and neutralise toxins in the air, resulting in reduced incidences of asthma, skin problems, allergies, reactions to moulds
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Control of humidity for optimal health
  • Absorption of carbon dioxide and emission of oxygen refreshing the air
  • Increased mental alertness
  • Plant leaves produce negative ions, similar to many air purifying machines. Negative ions attach themselves to (and effectively remove) particles such as dust, mold spores, bacteria, and allergens. The presence of negative ions is credited for increasing psychological health, productivity, and overall well-being

Where to place your air purifying plants in the home:

  • High traffic areas such as the living room
  • Places where there are a lot of electrical appliances such as the TV room
  • Places that  have a lot of fume potential – ie kitchens, art workshops etc
More examples of air purifying plants:
  • Lady palm
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Dwarf Date Palm – removes several toxins
  • Boston Fern – removes a lot of toxins, especially formaldehyde
  • English Ivy – breaks down benzene and trichloroethylene; removes formaldehyde.  WebMD describes the effervescent plant as “a fix for allergies“, noting that 60% of airborne mold in the room vanished just 6 hours after English ivy was brought in. Ditto for 58% if airborne feces! Those with asthma, allergies, or the desire to breath cleaner, fresher air would do well to give English ivy a shot
  • Australian sword fern
  • Peace Lily – breaks down benzene and trichloroethylene  This easy to take care of house plant removes benzene, formaldehyde, acetone, alcohols, amonia and trichloroethylene from the air. It also periodically flowers
  • Rubber Plant aka Ficus Elastica – good for filtering a range of nasties, such as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.
  • Spider Plant –  great for removing formaldehyde, carbon monoxide
  • Bamboo Plant – another good formaldehyde remover, as well as carbon monoxide
  • Gerbera Daisy –  removes trichloroethylene
  • Areca Palm – This plant removes xylene and toluene from the air, but also happens to convert a lot of CO2 (carbon dioxide) to O2 (oxygen) during the daytime
  • Ficus Alii – removes many known toxins

If you, like me, are someone who likes to surround themselves with nature  and adores having plants in the home, what better way to display plants at home than to add a few air purifying plants?  They don’t just look good, but will do you, your body and your family a whole lot of good too.

Plus, having plants in the home help create positive energy around you.  Feng sui has always advocated the use of living plants in your home arena – just don’t overdo it, though, as clutter will stagnate energy in your life.

However, you do not need to understand or follow Feng sui to reap the benefits of nature around you.  It just makes common sense.   If you do not have enough space to place all 6 plants in your home, just one or two would be better than nothing at all.


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