6 Indoor plants that can help you breathe easy

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Polluted air is forcing you to stay indoors? These indoor plants purify the air in your home and help you beat the haze.

The haze is back.

And it is shows no signs of improving. In fact according to the NEA, “the haze situation could further deteriorate should the current unfavourable winds blow in denser haze from Sumatra”.

Many of us  are struggling with the ill-effects of the haze such as burning and itchy eyes, sore throats and flaring up of asthma. We all are trying to cope through TCM, by using air purifiers and donning face masks.

Also many of us and our children are being forced to spend an increased amount of time indoors. But did you know that the air inside our homes can be full of pollutants as well?

So mums, here is an easy and effective way that you can make sure that the air inside your home is free from toxins — by getting the right indoor plants.

In the late 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. As part of this research, they found several plants (many of which are tropical) filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

The good news is that these plants work equally well inside our homes. We share with you six plants that you can easily find in Singapore.

#1 Spider plant

Spider Plant
Hardy and resilient, the spider plant filters out benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. It is also safe for pets.

#2 Snake plant

Mother in law's tongue
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is super effective in filtering out air pollutants such as formaldehyde. It also works at night, converting CO2 into oxygen, making it safe to keep in your bedroom as well.

#3 Dracaena Warneckii

Warneck
The Warneckii grows well inside the home, even without direct sunlight.

Click on the next page to find out what three other plants can help you beat the haze.

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