5 House Plants That Can Help You Breathe Healthier

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    When air pollution levels change, your health is compromised. The easiest manageable solution to help keep air clean comes from nature herself. This is what NASA calls “nature’s life support system”, and most of you probably have this working for you already.

    Beyond improving air quality and helping you breathe healthy, plants also make people feel better, so we rounded up a few perfect plants for Delhi homes.

    Garden Mum

    In the NASA research, this plant was an air-purifying champion, removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. Popular and inexpensive at garden stores, they can be planted outside right after they’re finished blooming.

    Pollutants removed: Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene

    Peace Lily

    Peace Lily plants are relatively small compared to other plants on this list, but they still pack some major air-cleaning abilities.

    Pollutants removed: Ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene

    Snake Plant

    This is one of the hardest houseplants to kill. Which means that, though it does need to be watered occasionally, it generally prefers drier conditions and some sun {in other words, perfect Delhi weather}.

    Pollutants removed: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene

    Bamboo Palm

    A superstar for filtering formaldehyde, these palms thrive in full sun or bright light. Part of the reason they can filter so much air is that they can grow to be pretty big—as tall as four to 12 feet high, making them exciting {and pet-friendly} indoor additions.

    Pollutants removed: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene

    Aloe Vera

    In addition to being easy to care for, this plant makes some brilliant health claims. The plant’s leaves contain a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, and there is some evidence that aloe vera may help {and is unlikely to hurt} skin conditions like psoriasis.

    Pollutant removed: Formaldehyde

    This article first appeared on the I Say Organic Blog.