Top 5 Plants for Increasing Oxygen in your Home!

“Is it possible to increase indoor oxygen naturally?” Yes. Here’s how…

As chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is set to become the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States by 2022, it should come as no surprise that oxygen can be a rare commodity for those who suffer from the disease. Though there are artificial means of increasing oxygen indoors such as oxygenators and air purifiers, natural alternatives have begun to emerge that are beneficial to both air quality and personal health. The home should provide a safe environment that promotes health, peace of mind and well-being, and in addressing these needs, plants can often play a significant role. With your health in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 plants for increasing oxygen indoors.

5. Areca Palm

areca-plant As with all plants, the Areca Palm is biologically engineered to take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. However, what sets the Areca Palm apart is its ability to also purify the environment it’s placed in by removing dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

Recommendation & Care:

The Areca Palm does well in filtered light and needs to be watered often. For one person, four shoulder high plants should suffice.

Best Placement: The Living Room

4. Snake Plant a.k.a. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

snake-plantConsidered highly efficient in oxygen production, the Snake Plant otherwise known as the Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, is unique for its nighttime oxygen production, and ability to purify air through the removal of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.

Recommendation & Care:

The Snake Plant does well in window light and needs to be watered weekly. For one person, six to eight waist level plants are recommended. In an air sealed room, these plants are capable of producing enough oxygen to breath normally.

Best Placement: The Bedroom

3. Money Plant

money-treeFeatured by NASA, the Money Plant is renowned for its ability to remove chemicals and other pollutants from the air, specifically benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. However, despite the benefit of its high purification rate, this plant is toxic to cats, dogs and small children if its leaves are ingested.

Recommendation & Care:

The Money Plant prefers indirect light and needs to be watered every week or so. For one person, three 18-inch plants are recommended.

Best Placement: Any room but keep out of reach of pets or small children.

2. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)

daisyArguably the prettiest entry on the list, the Gerbera Daisy is often used as a decorative element within gardening. However, the Gerbera Daisy is also distinct for its ability to produce high levels of oxygen at night while removing harmful chemicals, such as benzene and trichloroethylene. Beneficial for those suffering from sleep apnea and breathing disorders, keep this one on the nightstand for better sleep.

Recommendation & Care:

The Gerbera Daisy prefers bright sunlight during the summer, spring and fall, and indirect light during the winter. It needs to be watered regularly with the soil being kept moist. Due to the decorative nature of the flower, the amount of recommended flower pots is up to the discretion of the planter.

Best Placement: The Bedroom

1. Chinese Evergreens

chinese-evergreenThe Chinese Evergreen is one of the most common household plants, and for good reason. This plant emits a high oxygen content while purifying indoor spaces of harmful chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde and other toxins. As its name suggests, it is quite popular in China specifically for high efficiency in removing harmful pollutants from the air.

Recommendation & Care:

The Chinese Evergreen does well in full shade, and only needs to be watered occasionally with a focus on keeping the soil moist. The number of plants kept is at the owner’s discretion.

Best Placement: The Living Room

Time can be a factor in any decision, so if you’re looking to take control of your health, don’t wait. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options.

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