The statistics are huge: more than 50 million people can experience one kind of allergy a year, and researchers agree that air pollutants play a significant role in increasing that number. Components produced by cars and industrial activities can trigger asthma, allergic rhinitis, and other allergy disorders in adults and children all over the world. The good news is that there are some natural ways to prevent you and your family from suffering from these.
We believe we all should live in a safe space, and that’s why Enlighten gathered the best air-filtering plants you’ll want to have in your home to get rid of these unwanted allergies.
1. Peace lily
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With their dark green leaves and white flowers, peace lilies aren’t only beautiful, but they’re also known for their purifying properties. Studies have shown that this plant can significantly reduce toxic and allergenic air pollutants.
2. Dracaena marginata
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Dracaena marginata, also known as a “dragon tree,” can grow up to 6.5 ft (2 m) and can help with our growing exposure to benzene. This chemical, which is used mainly to produce plastics, resins, and synthetic fibers, can cause skin allergies that result in itchiness and rashes.
3. Chinese evergreen
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The Chinese evergreen is one of the few NASA-recommended plants that can purify the air we breathe. It can clean benzene and formaldehyde from the air, the latter of which can pose “significant danger to human health.”
4. Rubber plant
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Earning this name because of its hard, plastic-like leaves, the Ficus elastica, which is its original name, is also a formaldehyde purifier. Air exposure to this chemical compound has been reported to increase asthma in children.
5. Janet Craig
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Whether you call it a Dracaena fragrans, a Janet Craig, or a cornstalk plant, you may want to have this type of plant in your home if you suffer from allergies. It can clean the air of toluene, which is known for aggravating asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.
6. Boston fern
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Better grown in humid places, this plant requires very little maintenance. A former NASA research scientist claims, “The Boston fern is one of the most effective plants for removing airborne pollutants.”
7. Snake plant
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As opposed to our previous point, the snake plant or “mother-in-law’s tongue” tends to thrive in dry places. It can also remove 4 of the 5 main toxins found in the air.
8. Aloe vera
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You may be familiar with aloe vera being used as a cosmetic material or for medical purposes, but this plant has one more thing to add to its vast list of benefits. It can also purify the air of benzene and formaldehyde.
9. Flamingo lily
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Putting a flamingo lily in your home can truly add an instant pop of color to the room thanks to its one-of-a-kind bright red flower. It can also filter out ammonia in the air, a chemical that can cause coughing, and nose and throat irritation. However, since many cases of allergies to this plant have been reported, make sure it’s safe to have in your house.
10. Bamboo palm
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Native to subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas, it became popular as a house plant around the world. As it can grow up to 19 ft (6 m) tall, and typically serves as a decoration piece. The good news is that besides being beautiful, the bamboo palm can purify the air from trichloroethylene, a chemical compound that can cause headaches and dizziness.
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Also known as a weeping fig, a ficus can be used as real trees if grown outdoors. But if you choose to add this plant to your home’s interior, the best idea is to choose its miniature version that resembles bonsais. NASA also added this plant to its list of air-toxin purifiers.
12. Florist’s chrysanthemum