Our cities have been plagued by abnormal air
pollution. The situation has now become
unavoidable due to the smoke released by our vehicles and the use of plastics
in almost everything we use. Let us learn about the plants that release oxygen
and purify the air from harmful toxins in order to enjoy the fresh air at home.
Being one of the most common house plants the
white-flowered beauty is also helpful in combating air pollution. Peace lily or
Spathiphyllumblooms grows throughout the year by starting its life journey at
the beginning of summer. Although you will have to work a bit hard in keeping
the seeds moist without overwatering the plant yet will remove the most toxins
from the air in return. The pollutants
that are purified are formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, benzene, toluene, and
Also known as Hedra Helix, English Ivy can
easily climb up to 20 to 30 meters on trees. The evergreen plant is a good
shade for combating direct sunlight while cooling the area beneath. Due to its
shading properties, the plant is great for buildings and balconies this summer.
Moreover, it is developed as an ornamental plant which is toxic for cats and
dogs. It purifies pollutants like formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and
The perennial plant is popular for bringing
from the Asteraceae family and due to its two names- Chrysanthemum morifolium
and chrysanthemum. It is used for its unmatchable flourishing tide of colours
that brings in joy and liveliness. The flower is part of a celebration in Japan
named the “Festival of Happiness”. Their blooming period starts in
the autumn, and you can easily find them in the local market by the name “mum”.
The plant stands tall with respect to Peace Lily for removing the highest
number of toxins from the air. It
removes formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.
Also known as “mother-in law’s tongue” the
variegated snake plant is one of the hardier indoor plants. It takes its name
from its straight growth in a serpentine manner. The plant is easily
identifiable due to the silvery-white stripes on the leaf margins. You must not
go over water the plant and should place it in a low light area with little too
Take care of your pets as it is toxic to cats
and dogs. It is capable of removing pollutants like formaldehyde, toluene,
benzene, xylene, and trichloroethylene.
Devil’s Ivy (Money plant)
Popular throughout the world as a money plant
and golden pothos the plant grows easily in almost all locations. Devil’s Ivy
is long, and the trailing stems grow on while living a long life. It is
important to know that the stems become the plant’s roots. The plant expresses
its beauty through its botched yellow leaves with green hues around. It
eliminates pollutants like toluene, benzene, xylene, and formaldehyde.
There are many more plants that are capable of
removing toxins. Majority of them are easily available and can be grown in
homes and offices. They are also helpful
in minimizing cases of asthma and other breathing problems.