10 Air-Purifying Plants According to Feng Shui

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Whether you are a practitioner of feng shui or not, it is good practice to monitor the quality of your indoor air and do your best to improve it.

Research shows that indoor pollution can often be much worse than outdoor pollution. Plants offer an easy and effective way to improve indoor air quality. In feng shui, plants are a great way to combine both energetic and air-purifying techniques.  

Take a look at a list of 10 plants that were defined by NASA research in the early 1980s as species with good air-purifying qualities. These plants continue to do a fine job of air purification. Common airborne toxins and pollutants in the home that plants can scrub from the air include benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia.

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    Areca Palm

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    Areca palm, scientifically called Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, 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. It can remove all indoor air toxins.

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    Lady Palm

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    Lady palm, or Rhapis excelsa, is one of the very best plants to improve indoor air quality. It removes most indoor pollutants. It is a great plant for beginners since it is remarkably easy to grow. 

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    Bamboo Palm

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    Bamboo palm, or Chamaedorea seifrizii, adds a peaceful, tropical feeling to any environment. It resists most insect infestations. It has been found to clean the air of benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.

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    Rubber Plant

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    Rubber plant (Ficus robusta) tolerates dim light and cool temperatures and has an excellent ability to remove air toxins, especially formaldehyde, from any indoor environment.

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    Janet Craig Dragon Tree

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    The Janet Craig dragon tree, also called Dracaena deremensis, 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 especially trichloroethylene.

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    English Ivy

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    English Ivy (Hedera helix) is a hardy, popular plant that is a favorite for public spaces. It is very adaptable and easy to grow, although it does not thrive in higher temperatures. It is known for removing most pollutants especially formaldehyde.

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    Dwarf Date Palm

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    Dwarf date palm, or Phoenix roebelenii, is a slow grower that can reach heights of five to six feet. It can tolerate fairly low levels of light. It is known for removing most pollutants especially xylene.

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    Ficus Alii

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    Ficus maclellandii, or ficus alii, 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. It is known for removing most pollutants especially formaldehyde.

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    Boston Fern

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    If formaldehyde is particularly a problem for you, then a Boston fern is a beautiful, lush plant that is a favorite for home or office. Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis" is known to remove most pollutants, especially formaldehyde. Be aware that it requires attention in order to thrive. 

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    Peace Lily

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    Peace lily or Spathiphyllum sp. is a beautiful plant with gentle white flowers. It is easy to care for, and it provides a strong and peaceful energy to any space. It is known to clean the air of alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.