Houseplants Can Save Lives...Shocking Truths!

Friday, March 06, 2015 | | |
Many have as a hobby to clean their garden or take care of living plants or their living room. But it is a hobby - if we want to call it so- that almost no one realizes it. If you ask someone how many plants have at home, let the cares and that will not easily get an answer. The urge to bring nature into our home is almost universal phenomenon! How many of us all that we like to have plants at home know that actually improve our health or even save our lives too?

Generally, a natural side effect of photosynthesis, the level of oxygen in the microclimate around the plants can be greater than the surrounding area giving us a physical means. At the end comes carbon dioxide that plants use in photosynthesis and so when we talk is an additional benefit to them.
The house is literally killing us. While all the above considerations seem extremist, there is a powerful real proof that houseplants can offer benefits in humans with a much more important way: to clean the air of harmful chemicals. With the increasing use of synthetic materials in the mass manufacture of household appliances and furniture, pollution of the atmosphere of the interior of housing ... maybe our 'offers' serious risks to our health in the words of experts. Derivative formaldehyde for example used as an adhesive in construction with plywood. Formaldehyde has been implicated in carcinogenesis. Data for possible links with cancer appear more strongly in the nasal cavity and larynx as the nose and mouth are directly related to inhalation. It can cause allergic phenomena in the skin and lung. Benzene, another known as a carcinogen, is used to produce some types of plastic, liquid cleaners, synthetic rubbers and fibers and adhesives. Exposure to benzene can cause leukemia, tumors, anemia and damage to chromosomes.

Fortunately, houseplants can help us solve some of these air quality issues. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these houseplants are basically impossible to kill. Let’s check them out!


1. Garden Mum

This plant was found by NASA to be a real air-purifying beast. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from your home’s air. It’s popular and inexpensive, plus they can be planted outside too.

2. Spider Plant

Spider plants are incredibly easy to grow, so if you’re a beginner, this is a great one to start with. It lights bright, indirect light and sends out shoots with flowers on them that will eventually grow into baby spider plants that you can propagate yourself. Before too long, you’ll have more spider plants than you’ll know what to do with.

3. Dracaena

There are over 40 kinds of dracaena plants, which makes it easy to find the right one for you. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air. They are toxic to cats and dogs though, so if you have pets, you might want to think twice about this one.

4. Ficus

Ficus trees are a favorite of mine as they are able to grow quite large depending on the type of pot you have them in. They typically stand between 2 and 10 feet tall and have some serious air cleaning abilities. You can also keep it outside in the spring and summer. The ficus removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

5. Peace Lily

Not only does the peace lily send up beautiful flowers, but they’re impossible to kill and have great air cleaning abilities. They flower through most of the summer and prefer shady spots with moist but not soggy soil. It removes ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

6. Boston fern.

This plant likes cool locations with high humidity and indirect light. Bathrooms are a perfect spot for these little friends. They remove pollutants like xylene and formaldehyde from indoor air.

7. Snake Plant/Mother-in-law’s Tongue.

I see this one all over the place in offices and restaurants – and for good reason. They’re pretty much impossible to kill. They need water only occasionally and prefer drier conditions. They don’t need much direct sunlight either. They remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from indoor air.

8. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palms are most effective at filtering formaldehyde. They thrive in full sun and bright light. They grow as high as 12 foot too, making them an incredible presence indoors. They remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

9. Aloe Vera

Aloe is a multi-use plant for sure. It has health benefits when consumed in smaller amounts, helps relieve burns, and cleans your indoor air as well. It removes formaldehyde effectively from indoor air.


Houseplants collect multiple benefits. Apart from the functionality offered for decorating our house, indoor plants if placed properly, can illuminate the area, clean the atmosphere of interiors from harmful pollutants and create a feeling of relaxation and harmony. Surveys have shown that indoor plants can help reduce stress levels, to soften the intensity and / or even to accelerate the progress of treatment. With these indoor plants you can seize the benefits of nature to your health while beautifying your home. Try it!

Source: Simple Organic Life

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