Breathe Better With 15 Indoor Plants

Javeria Usmani


January 24, 2022
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Are you fed up with trying several ways to breathe better? Try introducing indoor plants to solve this issue.

These plants work by improving indoor air quality.

Keeping an indoor plant is a source of contentment as it refreshes your mind. But, above all plants, bring you closer to nature. You may call these natural air purifiers or filters. 

Unfortunately, indoor air is poorer than the outdoors. Firstly, it is because of the synthetic household items, furniture, polishes, paints, .etc.

Secondly, it can be due to smoke in your house or office. Thirdly, carpets and doormats preserve toxic particles. 

Fourthly, most modern-day houses lack windows and proper ventilation systems. Hence, these are a few reasons behind indoor pollution.

You may also read this abstract: Improving the Indoor Environment for Health, Well-Being, And Productivity.

People install different types of machinery such as air filters, air purifiers, and turbos. However, these are heavy on pockets and require frequent maintenance. As a result, plants can save time and money. 

1. Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera has been famous since ancient times for its numerous benefits. This magical plant has applications in beauty enhancements and healing cuts or wounds. Besides all these medicinal properties, aloe helps cleanse the air from benzene and formaldehyde. 

These two chemicals mix in the indoor air and are emitted mainly by paints, synthetic chemicals, and cleaners.

2. Areca Palm

Areca palm made its way out of the list of dangerous plant species and is considered an excellent air purifier by the AEC (the Associated Landscape Contractors of America) and NASA.

It tends clear the from 

  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Xylene

3. Azalea

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Azalea is such a beautiful and eye-attractive plant to be kept indoors. It couldn’t possibly have any other richness besides outer beauty, right? But, quite to the contrary, azalea shows the property of removing ammonia and formaldehyde from the environment.

Similarly, it also neutralizes airborne pollutants. According to NASA, azalea detoxifies the indoors from carcinogens as well.

4. Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy works wonders when it gets a good amount of sunlight and has good soil. We can keep this colorful plant in the laundry rooms as it filters out chemicals released by our clothes.

For example:

  • Benzene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Trichloroethylene

5. Peace Lily

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Peace lily rests among the top in the list issue by NASA regarding plant air purifiers. It has this status because it captures volatile organic compounds. 

This plant cleans the air from formaldehyde, acetone, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

6. Chrysanthemum

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These bright in color plants helps increase the beauty of your home. Furthermore, they help fight toxins such as xylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia.

Keep in mind unlike other indoor plants Chrysanthemum, requires adequate care and maintenance.

7. Snake Plant

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Another name for this plant is Mother-in-law’s tongue. Snake plant absorbs carbon dioxide from the air while removing unwanted chemicals like

  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Toluene
  • Xylene

All these chemicals can irritate the respiratory system.

8. Spider

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Spider plant is the perfect fit for you if you are lazy to maintain your plants properly. Although it does not seek much attention, it combats against xylene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, etc.

You do not need to worry about having it as it is safe for pets and children.

9. Weeping Fig

Weeping fig grows in partial to full sunlight. Though, it seeks attention. Having this plant inside your home or office is favorable for your health. It helps expel out minute unseen toxins from the atmosphere, such as:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Xylene
  • Toluene

10. English Ivy

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Growing English Ivy indoors can be challenging, yet it is pretty valuable as it can remove impurities from the air. This plant requires an abundant amount of water to grow.

Here are a few contaminants that this plant can detoxify.

  • Mold allergens
  • Benzene
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Trichloroethylene

11. Chinese Evergreen

Some people keep this plant in their living room. Chinese Evergreen, as its name pretty much gives it away, originates from Asia. Impressively, it has a great potential of emitting high oxygen levels.

This plant opposes benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, etc. 

12. Golden Pothos

This one is also known as the money plant. Although it is poisonous, it filters out toxins from the surrounding area. According to NASA, Golden Pothos removes many dangerous substances including, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. 

In addition, watering it daily is a must.

13. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm is considered safe for pets. These superb species sweep toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon dioxide, xylene, VOCs, and toluene. Additionally, this plant can also convert carbon monoxide into oxygen. 

14. Rubber

The rubber plant is the king of all the plants when brushing up with the removal of formaldehyde. It is easy to grow inside. This plant can cut the amounts of formaldehyde, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide.

15. Mini Cactus

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Mini Cactus needs more water than a normal one. However, it contains substances that absorb dangerous chemicals from the atmosphere. Hence, it tends to be a potent air purifier.

Read this research: The Use of Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Small Office Space.


Plants play an essential role in our lives. Placing these indoors can be positively impactful for your health. Although, consulting your gardener or a herbalist before having an indoor plant is better. 


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• Households' expenditure on indoor plant products by housing type in France 2019 


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