Plants are amazing!
If you read the Celestine Prophecy way back in the 1990s, you may remember the author’s insights about trees and plants and how they all serve a higher purpose on the planet, that of filtering the earth's air to keep it fresh and clean. This was not as futuristic or radical as it first seemed.
Prior to the publication of James Redfield’s book, NASA revealed the results of a study they conducted in their quest to find a way to clean the air in space stations. Their research suggested that in addition to plant photosynthesis (a process whereby plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen as a byproduct), there are common indoor plants that go a huge step further by also being able to remove toxic substances like benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air.
NASA’s Clean Air Study confirmed that these and other chemicals are linked to adverse health effects like dizziness, eye irritation, respiratory illness and headaches. NASA’s recommendation is to place one plant for every 100 square feet of indoor space. Their original list of air-filtering plants was compiled and published in 1989 but since then additional plants have been identified and added to the list for their ability to remove a host of other toxic chemicals.
Do you have green plants in your home or office? If you don't, you'll definitely want to consult both of these infographics to see a list of houseplants that are proven natural air filters.
Copyright June 2019 by Sharon Gnatt Epel for La Isha Inc.
Photo credit: Shelby Miller