In our latest issue:

  Lunch recipes, baby sleep tips, and more.   See more >
KIWI magazine

plants

Thanks to off-gassing chemicals and lack of proper ventilation, the air inside your home can be up to five times more toxic than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. One way to help counteract this air pollution is to incorporate plants, which detoxify the air through photosynthesis, into your indoor décor. “Plants are beautiful, biological air filters,” says Christa O’Leary, green living expert and author of Home in Harmony: Designing an Inspired Life. The chart below explains which plants you can use to filter out specific chemicals from the air:

Toxin

Recommended Plant(s)

Ammonia Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
Benzene English ivy (Hedera helix), Madagascar dragon tree or red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata), Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis), chrysanthemum, Gerbera daisy, aloe, spider plant, bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii), snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata or Sansevieria laurentii), golden pothos, wax begonia
Carbon Monoxide Spider Plant, golden pothos
Formaldehyde Azalea, dieffenbachia, philodendron, spider plant, golden pothos, bamboo or reed palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii), corn plant, chrysanthemum, snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata or Sansevieria laurentii), Madagascar dragon tree or red-edged dracaena (Dracena marginata), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), English ivy (Hedera helix), Boston fern
Toluene Peace lily (Spathiphyllum), wax begonia
Trichloroethylene (TCE) Gerbera daisy, chrysanthemum, peace lily (Spathiphyllum), Warneckii (Dracaena deremensis), Madagascar dragon tree red-edged dracaena (Dracena marginata), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina), bamboo palm or reed palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Heart-leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
Xylene Spider plant, Madagascar dragon tree or red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata), weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
Various  The Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema crispum var. deborah) is a “super plant” that removes a variety of contaminants from the air and clears more toxins as time and exposure increase.

 

Chart excerpted with permission from Home in Harmony: Designing an Inspired Life by Christa O’Leary (Hay House, 2014). 

 

Advertisements
© 2019 May Media Group, LLC. All rights reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy