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Masks still freak me – 9 ways to breathe clean air


It’s December, and almost more than a month after Diwali, the air that surrounds us still have that smog that reminds us every morning what deadly the situation we are in. That ugly masks that we all hated to love still became our best friends for some time, but yes we don’t want to carry it life-time.

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So, we all as alert citizens are looking for options that relieves us that tension for a bit and that one thing of course comes handy from Mother Nature.  So if we look at our terrace or the garden in our colony, we find these common plants who are so very beneficial to clean our air; actually they are Natural Leafy Air Cleansers. Plants create their own bio-systems around their roots, and they include such components as bacteria, fungi and other microbes. Pollutants come into the root’s bio-system from water, air and gases, often translocated through the leaves. Like nutrients, pollutants from the air and other sources are also broken down in the root’s bio-system and made into a form that plants can use.

Chrysanthemum: Mums, short for chrysanthemums, make visually pleasing additions to the indoor home garden, with multipetaled blossoms in a variety of hues, such as pink, yellow, white, red and orange. These blooms not only help brighten the room, they also help cleanse the air of many chemicals that are common in homes. These blooms help filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent. This plant loves bright light, and to encourage buds to open, you’ll need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight. But a word of caution for pet lovers as this plant is allergic to pets.

Spider plant: With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. As an added bonus, this plant is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house.

Aloe (Aloe vera): This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.

Ficus: Ficus benjamina, commonly known as weeping fig is accepted as the most popular mini tree in the word. Though the ficusis a tree in its native home of south-east Asia, when it grows indoors, it’s a hardy plant that ends up being between two and 10 feet tall. We can grow this low-maintenance houseplant in bright, indirect light and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Although this plant has some serious air-cleaning abilities, it can also be taken outside in late spring and brought back indoors when temperatures are warm and well above freezing.however, this plant is poisonous to animals.

Gerbera: This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.  Brightly colored cut blooms can last as long as two weeks.

Snake plant : also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.. Interestingly, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night (the opposite of the process most plants follow). Sharing your room with these plants could give you a slight oxygen boost while you sleep and the best part is it requires almost negligible maintenance.

Peace Lily:  This beautiful evergreen plant require very little light or water to remain healthy, which is one of the main reasons why they’re one of the most popular plants to keep in your home. In fact, they should never be put in direct sun light, as the rays of sun may lead to leaf burn. Simply put it in a dark corner, give it water once a week and this little plant will help purify the air around that general area.

Bamboo Palm: A superstar of filtering formaldehyde, these palms thrive in full sun or bright light. Part of the reason they can filter so much air is that they can grow to be pretty big—as tall as four to 12 feet high, making them exciting (and pet-friendly) indoor additions and give that rich look in the corner of the drawing room as it act as  a natural humidifier.

Dracaena: There are more than 40 different kinds of Dracaena plants, making it easy to find one that’s a perfect fit for your home or office. They’re common foliage plants with long, wide leaves that are often variegated with lines of white, cream, or red. This plant is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.

Boston Fern: Said to be among the best in air purifying houseplants, it acts as a natural air humidifier, removes formaldehyde and is a general air purifier.   It is a very popular house plant, often grown in hanging baskets or similar conditions.

I guess now we are more relaxed as we have got ways to find out to get rid of that ugly masks and start planting some of these that removes the toxin in the air of our house at least and ensure some quality air to our loved ones.

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