Air Purifying Plants & Their Health Benefits
Ok, we all know that plants literally give us life. We know that they’re responsible for providing us with the oxygen we breathe every single day. But how exactly does the process of air purification work when it comes to our leafy green friends? Let’s find out! Keep reading if you’re interested in chatting about 5 of our favourite indoor air purifying plants and their health benefits.
How do indoor plants clean the air?
Two words: Photosynthesis and Phytoremediation
Photosynthesis is the process of breathing in carbon dioxide and breathing out oxygen. Plants have this down pat. Basically, they absorb a mix of light, carbon dioxide and water which creates sugar. The chemical process involved in this allows the plant to excrete oxygen as a by-product.
Phytoremediation is a process that some plants are able to undertake that involves absorbing and cancelling out pollutants, toxins and harmful germs in the air. Neat, huh?
Which indoor plants can purify the air?
A classic indoor house plant that can end up becoming part of the family for decades, the Devil’s Ivy really isn’t as devilish as its name makes it out to be. In fact, it’s super sweet, easy to look after and adds a chic decorative touch to any living space. Really, we should be referring to it as Angel’s Ivy – it looks over us in all its glory, protecting us from toxins like xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Amen.
This is the quintessential indoor addition to every home, loved by indoor plant enthusiasts for generations past. They make great gifts and are super easy to look after. They usually need a water once a week and bloom with amazing white flowers in spring. Even better, they target benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene! They’re an air purifying powerhouse!
Spider plants are the perfect beginner indoor plant. These things can and will grow ANYWHERE. Their elongated green and white leaves trail from the base of the plant like snakes (hence the name). Bringing one of these hardy little beauties into your home will help fight against carbon monoxide and xylene. Good news animal lovers – this one is non-toxic to pets (although if too much of it is ingested, your furry friend may feel a little upset in the tum)!
These little air purifying pros have been popular houseplants since the Victorian Era! Much like Victorian ladies of the past, they’ve been known to be quite fussy and don’t take too well to change. They adore sitting in a nice sunny spot away from cool drafts. Formaldehyde, xylene and toluene don’t stand a chance against this lovely leafy lady.
Aloe vera or A. barbadensis
If your grandma hasn’t set you up with an aloe vera cutting to counter a painful sunburn, is she really your grandma? Unlike our skin after a day out on the beach, aloe vera loves the sun, so set it up on your kitchen windowsill or another well-lit area. In addition to its soothing properties, it purifies the air of formaldehyde and benzene – two products found in detergents and varnishes.
There’s no better time than now to check out our boutique online pop-up shop and adopt your own little air purifying leafy green love!