The air pollution levels in Delhi-NCR and other parts of the country are DANGEROUSLY high after Diwali this year. People celebrated Diwali with bright colorful crackers but woke up to a morning of thick layer of smog, haze and hazardous pollution levels.
The amount of crackers Delhi burst has made the air unbelievably toxic to breathe in, the PM (particulate matter) 10 levels have reportedly gone up to 999, exceeding the safe limit by 10 times. It is so alarming that we can actually see and smell the pollution around us.
The pollution levels have reached to an all-time high in 17 years and scientists and doctors are warning of possibilities of very major health concerns. Exhaustion, breathlessness, asthma, throat irritation, burning of eyes are just a few very common symptoms that all of us are facing.
With the festive frenzy coming to an end, the city is choking and no one knows what to do. Some are blaming the burning of farms, some are blaming the burning of crackers and some say it’s the increasing number of vehicles. The reality is that it has been 1 week since Diwali and there is just about no relief in the smog and air pollution.
Our health is in our hands and we need to help ourselves and our families/ friends breathe healthier. We need to stop breathing poison! The NASA Clean Air Study has recommended 14 natural Air Purifying Plants that help in reducing indoor air pollution.
Here is a list of the top 10 Air Purifying plants that are not only easily available but are also easy to maintain
Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
Sansevieria commonly known as Snake Plant because of the shape of its leaves or Mother-in-laws Tongue because of their sharpness is an evergreen perennial plant. Used predominantly for ornamental purposes, it is a truly remarkable and striking easy care houseplant with undisputable qualities. It is found to be one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality by passively absorbing toxins like nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
Aglaonema (Aglaonema modestum)
Popularly known as Chinese Evergreens, these plants have been grown as luck bringing ornamental plants in Asia for centuries. Their ability to live in low light conditions make them a popular houseplant. Aglaonema plants are versatile, rugged and can adapt to different settings. They have a compact, bushy habit with lots of stems and leaves emerging from the crown. The leaves are usually fairly large, long and pointed and marked by various patterns of green and off-white. Apart from its ornamental value, this plant is a wonderful air purifier helping filter toxins like benzene and formaldehyde.
Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
Epipremnum aureum has multiple names including Golden Pothos, Money Plant and Silver Vine. It’s also called Devil’s Vine or Devil’s Ivy because it is almost impossible to kill. Money Plant is an evergreen vine with leaves that are alternate and heart shaped. It is a popular house plant with numerous cultivars selected for leaves with white, yellow and light green variegation. It requires little care, is attractively leafy and an efficient air purifier removing pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and benzene.
Ficus (Ficus benjamina)
Ficus, also known as the Weeping Fig, is a popular houseplant especially for temperate areas. It has gracefully drooping branchlets and oval glossy leaves with an acuminate tip. Since these trees tend to go really large, they are commonly found as indoor Bonsai plants with an elegant growth and have been shown to effectively remove gaseous formaldehyde from indoor air.
Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
The Dracaena family makes up an important group of plants used to decorate, scrub the air and make green homes. It’s ability to grow in low light and tolerate considerable dryness makes it a popular indoor plant. Known to remove toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene, this plant works as a great air purifier
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
Spathiphyllum, commonly known as Spath or Peace Lily, are evergreen herbaceous perennial plants with large leaves and do not need large amounts of water or light to survive making them popular indoor houseplants. They are also known to clean indoor air of pollutants like formaldehyde.
Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum)
Popularly known as the Flamingo flower, Anthurium is a genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants. The leaves are often clustered and variable in shape. Many species of Anthurium are grown as popular indoor houseplants and are known to remove toxins like formaldehyde, xylene and toluene and ammonia giving you a more inviting space to breathe in.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider Plant, also known as Airplane Plant, Spider Ivy or Ribbon Plant, is a flowering perennial herb. It is an easy to grow houseplant with its variegated forms being the most popular. They can thrive in a wide range of conditions and have also been shown to reduce indoor air pollution in the form of formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
Aloe vera (Aloe vera)
Aloe vera, commonly referred to as just Aloe, is a succulent plant that grows wild in tropical climates across the world. Cultivated with agricultural and medicinal purposes, Aloe does well as a decorative houseplant. Often called the ‘miracle plant’ or ‘natural healer’, Aloe Vera is a plant of many surprises. Besides adding a nice touch to your homes, this plant boasts a wide range of health benefits. This easy to care for plant works as a wonderful air purifier by filtering out toxins like benzene and formaldehyde from the air around you.
Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescene)
One of the most easiest to grow indoors and widely used palms for bright interiors. Commonly known as Butterfly Palm because of its leaves, which curve upwards in multiple stems to create a butterfly look, these are one of the most easiest to grow indoors. It is also known with names like Cane Palm, Madagascar Palm, Golden Feather Palm, and Yellow Palm. It is relatively disease-free and it filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the air.
Along with benefits of purifying air, these beautiful indoor plants also help increase the humidity in the air and act as oxygenators, improve general health and increase focus. Plants do wonders kept in any corner of your homes and offices and brighten up your spaces making them look attractive, fresh and inviting.
Stop Breathing Poison! Bring home a NASA recommended natural Air Purifying Plant today. Check out the complete range here.