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5 BEST Plants to Clean Air – 10 Minute Detox Action

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purpleheartplantNASA’s research into which plants clean indoor air has been well reported, including by me. Their work was targeted at cleaning the air of space shuttles, in particular removing the suspected carcinogen and sensitizer formaldehyde.

Horticulture experts at University of Georgia have now tested a number of ornamental indoor plants for their ability to remove harmful volatile organic chemicals ( VOCs) including formaldehyde, from indoor air. They have found that some indoor plants have the ability to effectively remove VOCs from the air and not only improve physical health, but also someone’s well-being.

purplewaffleOf the 28 species of common indoor ornamental plants tested for their ability to remove five volatile indoor pollutants, they found five that did a stellar job. These are purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternata), English ivy (Hedera helix), waxy leaved plant (Hoya carnosa) and Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus).

The purple heart plant (Tradescantia pallida) was rated as the best for its ability to remove four of the VOCs.

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–By Annie B. Bond

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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