3 indoor plants that will purify the air and instantly de-stress

Feeling not so fresh indoors lately? Well, you’re not alone. It's an all-too-common misconception that pollution is exclusively an outdoor problem. According to CSIRO data, the air inside the average home can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Pretty crazy isn’t it? This is due to a phenomenon called ‘off-gassing’. Off-gassing is when household materials and furnishings, release volatile chemicals into the air. This can be from furniture, paint, carpet, flooring – anything we take for granted in the home!

Luckily there is a simple fix – enter indoor plants. Plants will not only freshen up the air, they will help to reduce the negative toxins building up in your home, and make your space look great too! If you don’t believe us – you can check out the full study NASA concluded here

And, if you’re a serial plant killer (like I am), don’t fret – my top 3 picks are seriously low maintenance and easy to keep lively!



Hannah Pownall

The Guide Editor

Hannah is our resident Editor of The Guide. Having worked across various beauty brands, as well as 7 years experience as a makeup artist, she brings a mix of journalism with real beauty knowledge.

"Why more greenery will equal less pollution in your home."

Money Plant - Epipremnum aureum

Native to Australia and Asia, the money plant earns its common name from its traditional use as a wealth and prosperity booster in the Chinese system of feng shui.

With long, wandering vines, don’t be surprised if your Money Plant slowly takes over your room, with vines reaching up to 30-40 feet. You can, of course, trim them if you want to keep your plant more modest. The Money Plant does best in rooms with indirect light and requires regular watering. Be warned, however, the leaves of the plant are toxic when ingested and if you have dogs, cats or small children, you may want to keep the plant suspended in a pot well out of reach.





Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum

The Peace Lily is a deep, forest green plant with beautiful (although fickle) white flowers. It’s a great air-purifying plant that effectively reduces common indoor pollutants -so much so that it is one of NASA’s top-ranked plants for this purpose.

The Peace Lily does well in indirect light and requires minimal watering with the general guideline being once every four to five days. In hotter climates it may need watering more frequently, and you’ll know it’s overdue when its leaves begin to weep.





Bamboo Palm - Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

Also known as the Butterfly Palm and the Areca Palm, the Bamboo Palm is another hardy plant native to Madagascar that does an excellent job as an indoor, air-purifying plant, As an added benefit beyond air-purification, Bamboo Palm is also a natural humidifier, producing a liter of ambient water every 24 hours, making it a well-suited plant for dryer climates.

Bamboo Palms grow rapidly and can become quite large (up to 20 feet in height), but you can limit their vertical reach by keeping them confined to smaller pots. They prefer bright, filtered light and enjoy being watered frequently when growing, however in the winter months they tend to need less.






References:
https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf
http://www.greenlifestylemag.com.au/features/2494/clearing-air-indoor-plants?page=0%2C0
http://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/air-purifying-plants-clean-air/


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