Most people love plants for their greenery and vibrant colors. But did you know that plants, especially succulents, can also help purify the air that you breathe? NASA, yes the space agency, has completed studies that prove succulents are able to purify and cleanse the air by removing harmful toxins, including VOC’s, which are volatile organic compounds that are created by burning fuel.
With all the time you spend in your home and office, you want to make sure that they circulated air that your breath is clean and healthy. One of the benefits of succulents in your home and work environment is that they can rid the air of dangerous, harmful indoor air pollution.
Despite its slight scary names (it’s also commonly known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue), the snake plant can rid the air of formaldehyde and benzene. This succulent is a hardy plant that won’t demand all of your attention.
They need only indirect sunlight and do best when allowed to dry out completely between waterings. If you’re new to taking care of plants but want the benefits of clean air in your home, then the Snake Plant is the right choice for you.
Aloe is a magical plant that has many uses. If you’ve ever had a bad sunburn, then you know the sweet and cool relief aloe can offer. But the aloe vera plant can also help your health by purifying the air that you breathe and by removing chemicals from paints and cleaning products.
Aloe does best with direct sunlight and in a cactus soil mixture. Like the snake plant, let your aloe plant dry out before you water it.
The Crassula ovata, commonly known as the jade plant, is a great choice if you’re looking for an easy to care for succulent. The jade plant is pretty gorgeous, too, with oval-shaped leaves and a thick stem that makes it look like a miniature tree. The jade plant needs to grow in a small pot with about four hours of sunlight a day.
Like most succulents, it doesn’t need a whole lot of water. And while the jade plant is helping you out bu detoxing the air, it can also give you a bit of luck as it’s also known as the “Money Tree Plant.”
With the scientific name Dracaena fragrans, the corn plant gets its name from the fact that it’s long, yellow and green leaves resemble that other corn plant. This plant does great indoors as it can do well with direct or indirect light. A good tall plant that can grow up to 15 feet, the corn plant can detox chemicals from lacquers, varnishes, and gasoline from the air.
There’s nothing more important than the air that you breathe. Inhaling dangerous chemicals and recirculated air can make you sick and tired. That’s why adding plants, especially succulents, to your indoor environments can help you feel better. Succulents have been proven to purify air by removing a range of different chemicals.