Most of us gardeners, aim to grow and feed ourselves good home grown food to sustain us and keep us healthy.  Did you ever think that plants can play a role in keeping the air that we breathe - clean. 

After reading up on a plant that I have had for sometime, Callisia fragrans "Melnikov", I found that it was an excellent plant to have near a sick person with lung problems. Then I found that is was classed as a holistic plant and used in Russian homes.  This lead me to search for other plants that can be used indoors with air cleansing benefits.

Apparently NASA has does some research into this subject.

LINK here for some ideas.  These plants were often found in your mothers or grandmothers home.  Maybe they knew all along.  There was always a pot of mother-in-laws tongue in the kitchen near the fridge.  Mum had a parlour palm and peace lily in the sunroom. 

Maybe our lungs could do with some clean air.  Do you have plants indoors at your place.  It is surprising that a few of the plants are poisonous to pets if eaten.

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  • thanks for the link great news - does anyone have Boston fern - have all the rest ready for the indoor  garden wall in the main living area 

  • The following short TED talk is very interesting - a businessman in India who uses three common plants to purify the air in his home and business place.
    • An interesting talk Cathie, there are some who believe this to be a myth, but I feel we were meant to breathe the air surrounded by plants.  This fellow seems to have improved the air in his building.

      A mother in law plant, called the bedroom plant, is good for it's oxygen giving ability and I will try and put some in my room and see what happens.  It is easier to keep clean.

      Mary-Ann, that common boston fern is one that I do not have, but it would be nice in my house too.  Many houses have closed in garages with a door leading into the main rooms of the house, this is where plants would be a benefit, reducing the benzene gases and exhaust gases etc.  

  • Not enough light in most spots in our house to keep plants alive :-(. By the back door we have some Broms and our parlour palm was miserable in the parlour and got planted into the garden. It has gone from a forlorn stick to a multi-stemmed beauty which flowers each year and needs to be trimmed.

    • One plant that can stand low light conditions is the lime green and yellow striped plant named Draceana deremensis (warneckii).   It can grow a few feet tall if allowed.  The VOC's volatile organic compounds in the air inside houses, are invisible gases that can be detrimental to our health and just having some plants in the house can make a difference.

      Aglomea Crispum “Deborah" is another low light and high oxygen giving plant. 

      Air-conditioners are more likely to be a problem with the dry air indoors.

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