October 14th, 2014
Top 10 Houseplants for Removing Toxins
Studies show that Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors, which means that good indoor air quality is vital for good health. Plants are the lungs of the earth. They produce oxygen that makes life possible, add precious moisture, and filter toxins. Houseplants can perform these essential functions in your home and/or office with the same efficiency as a rainforest in our biosphere.
In research designed to create a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat, noted scientist Dr. B.C. Wolverton discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. These poisons can be released by furniture, carpets, and building material and then trapped by closed ventilation systems. This leads to a host of respiratory and allergic reactions, including fatigue, headache, nervous system disorders, sinus congestion, etc.
1. Areca Palm, aka Butterfly Palm
2. Lady Palm (great for formaldehyde)
3. Bamboo Palm (great for formaldehyde)
4. Rubber Plant
5. Dracaena "Janet Craig"
7. Dwarf Date Palm
8. Ficus Alii
9. Boston Fern (great for formaldehyde)
10. Peace Lily
Other powerful air-cleaning plants include the Spider Plant, English Ivy, Chinese Evergreen, and Golden Pothos. Gerbera daisies and English Ivy have been shown to remove benzene (a toxin in cigarette smoke), while daisies rid trichloroethylene (a toxin in in inks, solvents, and paints).
*Resource - eartheasy.com
Trish Carter, Certified EDS Technician