Experts suggest that the air inside our homes and workplaces can be more polluted than outside by air fresheners, bathroom cleaners and bleach and so on. The first step: open your windows. Next step: get some air cleansing plants.
Read How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office by Dr B. C. Wolverton who is a scientist who worked for NASA researching a breathable environment for a lunar habitat. He discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants where the foliage and roots work together to absorb chemical pollutants from the air.
Research on plants: boost productivity
Research suggests that just a few plants have a strong effect on productivity in the workplace. Dr Craig Knight (from the University of Exeter, who studied the psychology of working environments for 12 years) studied how employees performed in a different environment and said, “The improvement in productivity from placing plants near to staff was remarkable.” The next logical step would be to test what kind of plants made the difference. ( “The Relative Merits of Lean, Enriched, and Empowered Offices: An Experimental Examination of the Impact of Workspace Management Strategies on Well-Being and Productivity by Craig Knight and S. Alexander Hallam, University of Exeter”)
‘There is a fashion for minimalist, monochrome styling which pleases managers, but in reality it crushes the human spirit. Adding plants makes people happier and productive – but the real benefit comes from giving them autonomy.” Psychologist Dr Craig Knight
Feng shui plants boost chi/energy in your home and workplace
• Money plants (Crassula ovate also commonly known as jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, or money tree) – place them in your wealth corner/s or in the south facing part of the house (they like the sun).
Please note that there are two types of feng shui money plants:
1) Crassula ovate which is more popular with Chinese population and
2) Epipremnum aureum (see above on the right) which is more popular with Indian population. Both plants are perceived as money and prosperity attracting plants.
• Ferns – place them everywhere to ionise the air.
• Plants are one of the top feng shui interventions to uplift the energy of any environment, for homes and workplaces. For example, if you live in a basement the upward moving energy will balance the downward moving energy of the basement.
• Plants belong to the wood or tree element in the five elements model (which is a cornerstone of Chinese philosophy, medicine and feng shui). Plants represent growth and expansion. So if you want to boost your profits or expand your business or improve your health plants should be one of the first feng shui remedies to use.
• Research suggests that presence of plants in offices boost productivity and creativity.
• Plants help to reduce stress.
• Plants induce good mood.
• Plants promote creativity: 15% boost in a number of creative ideas (by males) and more original solutions (by females).
According to Wikipedia: “The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”. In short, biophilia is about a positive and beneficial contact with nature. There is lots of research suggesting that a regular contact with nature is highly beneficial for humans on many levels, from physical to emotional to metal and even spiritual. Short of living in a countryside, these easy to grow houseplants offer an immediate boost to your biophilia effect.
Views & pictures of nature
• trigger endorphin effect
• lower blood pressure
• boost the brain’s attention
• accelerate patients’ recovery
• reconnect with nature
The top 12 best air purifying plants are:
The Feston Rose plant
Fern – also produces negative ions – urban homes and offices have usually high levels of positive ions which can make you feel lethargic
Mother-in-law’s tongue – good for bedrooms because it converts CO2 into oxygen. Some feng shui enthusiasts might object to this spiky plant (feng shui doesn’t like sharp corners and spiky objects) but pointy objects represent fire element (in the five element theory) and a bit of ‘fire’ or passion in your bedroom can do magic for some aspects of your life as well as boost focus and clarity (which are key characteristics of the fire element) – as long as the spiky plant is not too close to where you’re sitting or sleeping.
The full list of 50 air cleansing plants listed in How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify your Home or Office:
1 Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
2 Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
3 Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
4 Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta)
5 Deacaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena dermensis)
6 English Ivy (Hedera helix)
7 Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
8 Ficus “Alii” (Ficus macleilandii)
9 Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”)
10 Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
11 Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans)
12 Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
13 Kimberley Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)
14 Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
15 Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
16 Dracaena “Warneckei” (Dracaena dermensis)
17 Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
18 Red Emerald Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens)
19 Syngonium (Syngonium podophyllum)
20 Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia “Exotica Compacta”)
21 Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)
22 Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
23 Schefflera / Umbrella Plant (Schefflera arboricola)
24 Wax Begonia (Begonia Semperflorens)
25 Lacy Tree Philodendron (Philodendron selloum)
26 Heart-Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Oxycardium)
27 Snake plant / Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata / laurentii
28 Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia camilla)
29 Elephant Ear Philodendron (Philodendron domesticum / tuxla)
30 Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)
31 King of Hearts (Homalomena wallisii)
32 Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura “Kerchoveann”)
33 Dwarf Banana (Musa cavendishii)
34 Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera buckleyi)
35 Easter Cactus (Schlumbergera gaertneri)
36 Oakleaf Ivy (Cissus rhombifolia “Ellen Danika”)
37 Lily Turk (Liriope spicata)
38 Dendrobium Orchid (Dendrobium)
39 Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
40 Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema crispum “Silver Queen”)
41 Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum)
42 Croton (Codiaeum variegatum pictum)
43 Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
44 Dwarf Azalea (Rhodedendron simsii “Compacta”)
45 Peacock Plant (Calthea makoyana)
46 Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
47 Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)
48 Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata)
49 Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)
50 Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)