Top plants to purify the air in your environment

Oxygen bars have become popular in North America, Canada, India and Japan. It sounds like something out of a science fiction film set in a post-apocalyptic future, but the truth is that the quality of the air we breathe leaves a lot to be desired, especially for those of us who live in cities that are always packed with cars and people.

Perhaps these types of establishments are not yet a real necessity for the average citizen, but we cannot deny that we are all concerned about what we breathe on a daily basis. One way to improve the air inside our homes is by using purifying plants. Believe it or not, there are several species that have this super power. Get to know the top plants to purify the air in your environment and the basic characteristics of their care.

do I need to purify the air in my environment?

Outdoor pollution comes from various sources, such as smoke from cars and factories, but inside the home, air pollution is caused by smoke from cookers, fireplaces and tobacco. Also, toxic molecules are found in the environment from paint, solvents and glue used to make furniture and other utilitarian items, as well as chemicals used for cleaning, pesticides and even carbon monoxide.

If you are one of those who lock yourself indoors in winter and summer to keep warm, or are in an enclosed office where there are no windows or any form of ventilation, the pollution problem gets worse. In fact, there is what is known as "sick office syndrome", which includes a range of physical symptoms that can lead to asthma and bronchitis. The good news is that you can improve this situation with the help of some plants.

how do plants clean the air?

The fact that air-purifying plants are able to process and remove these pollutants is not an act of magic, but a real and natural process, as has been shown. Scientists have shown that certain types of plants are able to absorb toxic substances through their leaves, cleaning it through a process called phytoremediation, which can occur in three distinct processes.

Phytostimulation is the process of increasing microbial activity in soils, which allows pollutants to degrade. Phytotransformation is a process in which the metabolism of the purification plant modifies toxic substances on a chemical level; and phytovolatisation, in which the plant absorbs these pollutants and eliminates them through transpiration.

Top purifying plants

Boston fern

This beautiful fern is capable of absorbing formaldehyde like a champion, as well as xylene and benzene, which are found in petrol and paints. This plant loves humidity, so you can put it in the bathroom or simply spray it a couple of times a week. It is non-toxic to children and pets and lives very well in low light or indirect light.

Ribbon or Mala Madre

This plant is in the top-5 plants recommended by NASA to remove toxins from the environment. It is very easy to care for, adapting to almost any environment as long as you provide it with a well-drained substrate and some indirect light. It reproduces very easily and is quite pretty.

Snake Plant or Sansevieria

This tall and elegant succulent, known to be a true warrior survivor, is capable of removing 107 toxic substances from the environment on its own. As if that wasn't enough, it releases oxygen during the night so it will help you breathe better while you sleep. The only care it requires is that you avoid overwatering, it will do all the work without asking for much in return. Not for nothing is it one of my favourite plants.

Dracena Lemon

This beauty is known as dragon plant and can improve ambient humidity levels while eradicating various pollutants from the air. It is very easy to care for, even if you are a beginner who doesn't know much about plants. It is perfect for offices where there is very little light. If you spray it a little in the summer, you'll see it glowing and happy.

Peace lily

It looks all elegant and delicate, with its deep green leaves and pretty white flowers, but it's a very powerful plant, capable of absorbing many pollutants from the environment. It can get rid of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It can also eliminate mould spores in bathrooms and kitchens. It can live in dimly lit places, but you should keep it out of reach of children and pets.

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Ame Rodríguez

Dedicated to creating an army of cacti, succulents, poodles and cats to help me conquer the world. In the little free time I have left, I play, write and dance.

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