There are so many benefits to having plants in your home and office. Not only do they look beautiful and add a flash of greenery to indoor spaces, but they have the ability to absorb airborne pollutants and purify the air. As Sydney’s office plant care experts, we’ve put together a list of some of the best allergy-friendly indoor plants so that you can breathe easy.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance indoor plant, then the Golden Pothos should be on your list. Also known as Devil’s Ivy, this plant is listed as one of NASA’s top three plants for reducing formaldehyde indoors. And, considering formaldehyde increases irritation of the mouth, nose, and throat, the Golden Pothos is a godsend for allergy sufferers.
Another plant that is great at filtering formaldehyde, Philodendron has been proven to improve indoor air qualities. This gorgeously green plant is incredibly easy to grow and creates a beautiful point of interest in any home or office. It’s especially good for placing around furniture that may be emitting formaldehyde.
Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens or Dypsis lutescens) –aka Golden Cane Palm
According to the American National Institute of Health’s 2011 study, the humble Areca Palm is the number one plant when it comes to air purification. Firstly, it removes formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, xylene and toluene from the air, using its large leaves to trap allergens and filter toxins. Simply place in some planter boxes around the home or office, and this natural humidifier can also increase the amount of water vapour in the air, improving allergy symptoms like nasal irritation and congestion.
Dracaena Janet Craig
Also known as the “Janet Craig”, Dracaena is one of the most effective plants for removing allergens and gases that exacerbate allergies. In fact, the NASA Clean Air Study confirmed that this plant removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene, in addition to absorbing carbon monoxide. Allergy sufferers will find the Dracaena one of the best plants around, especially given it low maintenance and can stand a little neglect.
Another plant that’s great for beginners and allergy sufferers is the Spider Plant. Almost impossible to kill, this plant removes a number of toxins from the air, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, xylene and benzene. If you suffer from dust allergies, the Spider Plant also absorbs harmful moulds and allergens from the air.
The Peace Lily is another familiar indoor plant with its iconic large white petals. This plant is said to remove PCE from the air, but NASA also found that it is helpful for filtering toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Like many of the other plants on this list, the Peace Lily is a beautiful addition to any indoor home or office space.
Not only do they look great, but indoor plants purify the air, are allergy-friendly, and can help you breath easy whilst indoors . To find out about our plant maintenance services, get in touch with our team today!