10 Air-Purifying Plants for Feng Shui

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Best feng shui practice asks us to always keep in mind the quality of indoor air and to do our best to improve it. Research shows that indoor pollution is often much worse than the outdoor pollution, and plants offer an easy and effective way to improve indoor air quality. For feng shui practitioners, plants offer a great way to combine both energetic and air-purifying techniques.  

Below is a list of 10 plants that were defined by NASA research in the early 1980s as species with good air-purifying qualities. 

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    Areca Palm

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    Areca palm is a very popular and easy-to-care-for plant. Its leaves have a gracious flow that will soften the energy of any home or office space.

    Scientific Name: Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
    Removes: All tested indoor air toxins

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    Lady Palm

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    Lady palm is one of the very best plants to improve indoor air quality. It's a great plant for beginners since it is remarkably easy to grow. 

    Scientific Name: Rhapis excelsa
    Removes: Most indoor pollutants

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    Bamboo Palm

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    Bamboo palm adds a peaceful, tropical feeling to any environment. It resists most insect infestations. 

    Scientific Name: Chamaedorea seifrizii
    Removes: Benzene, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde

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    Rubber Plant

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    Rubber plant tolerates dim light and cool temperatures and has excellent ability to remove air toxins from any indoor environment. 

    Scientific Name: Ficus Robusta
    Removes: Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde

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    Dracaena "Janet Craig"

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    This is another attractive plant that does well in very little light. It is the best of the Dracaena family for removing home or office chemical toxins. 

    Scientific Name: Dracaena Deremensis
    Removes: Most pollutants, especially trichloroethylene

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    English Ivy


    This hardy, popular plant is a favorite for public spaces. It is very adaptable and easy to grow, although it does not thrive in high temperatures. 

    Scientific Name: Hedera Helix
    Removes: Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde

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    Dwarf Date Palm

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    Dwarf date palm is a slow grower that can reach heights of five to six feet. It can tolerate fairly low levels of light. 

    Scientific Name: Phoenix Roebelenii
    Removes: Most pollutants, especially xylene

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    Ficus "Alii"

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    This version of ficus is one of the easier varieties to care for, though it can lose some leaves during its adjustment to a new space. There are three sub-varieties: the standard tree form, a bush form, and a braided form in which several trunks are entwined.

    Scientific Name: Ficus Macleilandii "Alii"
    Removes: Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde

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    Boston Fern

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    Boston fern is beautiful, lush plant that is a favorite for home or office. Be aware that it requires attention in order to thrive. 

    Scientific Name: Nephrolepis Exaltata "Bostoniensis"
    Removes: Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde

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    Peace Lily

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    Peace lily is a beautiful plant with gentle white flowers. Easy to care for, it provides a strong and peaceful energy to any space. 

    Scientific Name: Spathiphyllum sp.
    Removes: Alcohols and acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde