With so many changes in our climate in the last few years, and some states facing drought conditions, it means that our outside green spaces may be shrinking. It takes a lot of water to keep those trees green and producing. We love the feel of green grass on our bare feet. We can still keep some green and growing things around us inside our homes to get that green feeling, and in the long run, reduce the chance of getting seasonal sicknesses (common cold), remove airborne contaminants (volatile organic compounds or VOCs), reduce the chance of headaches, reduce allergies, improve sleep, lift your mood.
The plants listed below are specifically known for their air purifying properties. And while an open window may feel like all the fresh air you need, did you know that everything from toilet paper to common household cleaners can contain chemicals and release tox-ins like formaldehyde? Or that VOCs like benzene can be released into the air by everything from the paint on your walls, to the printed material found in your home? So why not breathe a bit easier and enjoy the beauty of a new houseplant at the same time! Some are larger than others of course. Do a little internet or garden book research to see what appeals. Or take a walk around an organic nursery and find a plant that will fit in your space.
1. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures): Clears formaldehyde and other VOCs.
2. Ficus alii (Ficus maeleilandii alii): Good general air purifier. 

3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Clears benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. 
4. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa): Good general air purifier.
5. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’): Clears formaldehyde.
6. Aloe: Clears formaldehyde and benzene.
7. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis): Clears formaldehyde.
8. Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii): Clears formaldehyde and xylene.
9. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’): Clears air pollutants and toxins.
10. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium): Clears benzene.
11. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii): Clears trichloroethylene and benzene.
12. Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata): Clears xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
13. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina): Clears formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene
14. English ivy (Hedera helix): Clears airborne fecal-matter particles.
15. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii): Clears formaldehyde.
16. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium): Clears formaldehyde and many other air pollutants.
17. Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’): Clears pollutants such as those associated with varnishes and oils.
18. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis): Clears formaldehyde.
19. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii): Clears benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
20. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum): Clears formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.

If you discover you have a green thumb, you may also have to become a bit ruthless in keeping some of these under control with growth. Just remember that trimming back will help the plant!

This is part of the Park Family Insurance ongoing education series for Roseville Home Insurance and Rocklin Home Insurance, prevention is key!