Purify air, purify thoughts

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Every day, every hour, every minute, every second of our life, we breathe in air and its is invisible to the naked eye. How many different forms of gases can be mixed in it ?

In cities, there are lots of different kinds of emissions which make the air we breathe in poisonous. This is one of the most dangerous slow poisons which paralyses the body slowly over a period of time.

Plants are the wonderful beings of Nature which has the power to cleanse even the impure/bad air. Here we will see some of the plants which can thrive under very less maintenance with immense uses.

Apart from CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), we have Benzene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroehtylene found in the air in most homes and offices.

Offices – 8-10 hours a day is spent in office in a closed environment with ACs on. Plants which grow easily in these environments, cleaning up the air are

1. Cacti  – Plant leaves produce negative ions, similar to many air purifying machines. Negative ions attach themselves to (and effectively remove) particles such as dust, mold spores, bacteria, and allergens.

Employees who suffer from tiredness and headaches feel more energized if a cactus is placed near their monitors. It is thought that cacti have compounds that counter the effects of electromagnetic pollution and radiation emitted from the screen.


2. Bamboo – Clears toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, and chloroform. An excellent spider mite repellant. During the cold winter months when air is very dry, the bamboo palm emits some much-needed moisture. It is best kept out of direct sunlight and can be kept in a bowl of water. The roots get their nourishment from the water.


Home -

1. Workspace/Living Room

Money Plant – They can be beautiful indoor decor and helps in generating pure air. If gifted, its believed to bring good luck as well.


Areca Palm – The Areca palm tree is the very best air purifying plant according to the ratings from NASA’s research. The Areca has the ability to  maintain your office or home moist throughout dry periods as well as continually removing chemical toxins from your air. 


Cycas Jamia – Survive for a long time (in some cases > 10 years) without much care and always look fresh with green leaves and purifies the air.


2. Bathrooms

Peace Lilies – Peace lilies thrive in low and bright light with a slightly moist soil. The next time you need an air freshener, don’t reach for the chemical spray! Breath in the bloom and serenity of a peace lily.


Snake Plant – Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. It’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.


3. Kitchen

Aloe Vera – Succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene,  a possible byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.


4. BedRooms

Spider Plant – Low maintenance, resilient plant. Rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. This plant is also considered a safe houseplant for pets in the house.


Jade Plant – Evergreen succulents with attractive shiny, dark green, fleshy leaves.  They need lots of sunlight and not too much water.  They can be easily repotted and even in the same pots they grow for probably ten year or more.



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