Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Detox Indoor Air with Plants

Certain plants can help reduce various pollutants in the air, like formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene. To reduce the concentration of air contamination in the house, place one plant for every 100-200 square feet.

particle board

Hidden Formaldehyde Sources:

Formaldehyde may be present in our homes in the following ways:

  • Synthetic Carpet
  • Foam insulation
  • Particle board
  • Plywood
  • Some cleaners
  • Some fabrics

To help reduce the presence of formaldehyde in the house, consider adding some of the following amazing house plants:

  • Azalea
  • Bamboo palmspider plant
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Dieffenbachia
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue
  • Philodendron
  • Poinsettia
  • Spider Plant

Trichloroethylene

Trichloroethylene may be present in the following:

  • Paints
  • Varnishes
  • Adhesives
  • Dry-cleaning chemicals

english ivyTo help reduce the presence of trichloroethylene in the house consider adding some of the following house plants:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • English ivy
  • Gerbera daisy
  • Marginata dracaena
  • Peace lily
  • Warneckei dracaena

Benzene

Benzene, a known carcinogen, may be present in the following:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Plastics
  • peace lilyGasoline
  • Some detergents
  • Synthetic materials

To help reduce the presence of benzene in the house, consider adding some of the following house plants:

  • Chrysanthemum
  • English ivy
  • Gerbera daisy
  • Peace Lily

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