Indoor Plants

Indoor Air Purifying Plants Recommended By NASA

Why we need Indoor Air Purifying Plants?

Indoor plants are gaining more importance now-a-days because of their purifying and therapeutic properties. As we all know, day by day air pollution is drastically increasing especially in well-developed countries and metropolitan cities. Due to this Human’s Life expectancy is reducing day by day and if this continues then our children’s and beloved one’s longevity will decrease gradually.

And, if you think that your house is clean and no pollution inside, then you’re absolutely wrong. Actually, the air which we breathe inside our own house is 90 times more polluted than the air outside and the majority of us live in a small enclosed spaces/apartments/houses where the air flow is very poor.

As city dwellers, we spend most of their time indoors and subjected to various Sick Building Syndromes which we are ignoring to a greater extent. Majority of the symptoms involved with Sick Building Syndromes appear to be related to the poor air quality in our very own houses and offices. Some of the Symptoms are stress, fatigue, ear/nose and throat irritation, lack of concentration, coughing, headaches, itching, dizziness and nausea, chest tightness, improper sleep, muscle aches and etc.

These are mainly due to improper ventilation, chemicals from our modern furnishings, carpets, wall paints and other synthetic agents which we use on daily basis. Due to which our longevity is getting shorter slowly.

To overcome this, NASA conducted a study and discovered the best air purifying indoor plants to help in regulating the indoor air quality. Have listed down the top 5 plants below –

Top 5 Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants

1. Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria)

Snake Plant

The Sansevieria/Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is one of the most recommended plant by NASA for improving air quality.

The NASA Clean Air Study says that the humble Snake Plant has high air purification quality, eliminating 4 of the 5 main toxins with a unique process compared to other purifying plants. This plant purifies air by absorbing complex toxins and filters out formaldehyde through the leaves and produces pure oxygen. In fact, the Snake plant is an ideal bedroom plant as it emits more oxygen during night.

As the name suggests (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue), the leaves of these plants are thick and long with sharp yellow edges and grows vertically. You will also find many species of Snake plants. 

2. Aloe Barbadensis Vera


Aloe Vera is a household name; as we all know its medicinal properties and especially girls one of the favorite home beauty agent. Adding to these, Aloe Vera is one among the NASA recommended indoor air purifying plants. The thick leaves of aloe contain a fluid full of vitamins, amino acids, enzymes & other compounds that has some serious health wins like – quick burn relief, wound healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

3. Money Plant/Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Money Plant

Golden Pothos are also known as Devil’s Ivy because it’s so darn hard to destroy. It grows up to 8 feet long and spreads like a Rapunzel hair in a variety of conditions. These plants are also widely recommended air purifiers as it dispels formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, xylene, benzene, toluene and etc. People also believes that Money plants are good for Vastu, brings love and happiness at home. According to Vastu Shastra, money plant eliminates negativity and helps spread positivity in and around the house.

4. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber Plant

Rubber plant is another NASA recommended ideal houseplant for air purifying. The large leaves of Ficus elastica absorbs harmful toxins, airborne chemicals and break them down, renders to harmless. They also absorb exhaled carbon dioxide and produces pure oxygen. Rubber plants can also slash down mould and bacteria in your room by as much as 50 to 60%. It as a magnet to extract the pollutant particles from the air and gives you a clean air to breathe.

5. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

Chinese evergreen plant

Aglaonema; Chinese evergreen is another popular and durable air purifier plant recommended by NASA which absorbs formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. It filters indoor air pollutants and toxins and helps to improve the air quality. Furthermore, this dazzling leafy plant emits high amounts of Oxygen, which boosts in increasing productivity, enhance health and prosperity both in living and working spaces.

Indoor plants are affordable and very easy to maintain as it requires low light and occasional watering when the soil is dry and check the humidity by keeping the soil slightly moist.

These Houseplants not just cools down your eyes but also brings happiness, calmness to your mind, it can help you think more creatively, makes you active, helps you in treating illness and revamps your skin.

Just go and buy indoor succulents today; gift yourself, your beloved ones and friends. Decor your living and working spaces beautifully and get some good health.

Source : This article is originally published by me in GreenIndoor. Above is the robot excluded version.

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