How Indoor Plants Clean and Purify the Air in your Home

by | Last updated Mar 25, 2022

Asthma is a respiratory disorder that can put stress on your breathing. Your lungs are compromised, which means you need to take proper care of them. With nearly half of Americans suffering from asthma or allergies, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s no surprise that many are attempting to avoid these triggers—whether for themselves, coworkers, friends, or family.

Having the right houseplants in your home is one of the absolute best things you can do to help reduce irritation and make your breathing easier.

Houseplants and Indoor Air Quality

Plants are effective at absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Moreover, they also act as natural humidifiers by releasing moisture into the air, purifying the air. However, specific plants can do this, which means that not every indoor plant can purify the air in your home. 

Here are the top asthma-friendly houseplants you can get today: 

Peace Lily

If you don’t have a green thumb or you’re new to the indoor plant game, a peace lily is one of the safest bets. It’s hard to kill, and it’s an evergreen plant that can remove airborne Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). 

What’s even better is that this plant doesn’t need direct sunlight—you can place it in a dark corner, and it will thrive. Plus, you only need to water it once a week. 

Be mindful of its leaves, though. Their leaves are mildly toxic to humans and animals in large quantities. So, make sure it’s hard to reach for children and pets. 

Snake Plant

Another low-maintenance indoor plant that is hard to kill, snake plants are evergreen plants that can absorb airborne toxins. They can tolerate low-light areas for a long period. However, you need to be careful when watering it; overwatering it can cause it to rot quickly. Similar to a peace lily, it can be toxic when ingested. 

Bamboo Palm

If you want to add some style to your home, the bamboo palm is a perfect addition. It is a natural humidifier that pumps moisture into the dry indoor atmosphere. They must be placed in shady areas and receive occasional sun. 

Areca Palm

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Another plant that can add style to your indoor space, the Areca Palm is a natural humidifier that can release moisture in the air. Therefore, it’s perfect for individuals with asthma as it can eliminate dry air. 

The Areca Palm must be in bright but indirect sunlight and should be watered often. Its soil must be slightly moist, especially in the summer. 

English Ivy

Also referred to as European Ivy, if you like a climbing vine indoors, then this is a great choice. It’s easy to care for, as long as it gets sufficient sunlight and regular water. The English Ivy can also remove toxins from the air. 

Final Thoughts: Add Indoor Plants to Your Home Today

Houseplants are an easy solution to improving indoor air quality. Breathing becomes easier with plants that will enhance air by removing pollutants from the air and supplying oxygen. It is perfect for people with special respiratory concerns.

Houseplant Advisor is a reliable resource for anything plants. Read more here about air purifying indoor plants you can buy for your home. 

Shelbi Clifford

Shelbi Clifford

Hi, I'm Shelbi! I am the founder of Houseplant Advisor - a blog for all things houseplants. Whether you are looking to add some green to your home or want to learn about how plants can help improve air quality in your space, Houseplant Advisor is here with the answers. Do you have any questions? Feel free to reach out and ask me anything!


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