Gasping for Air No More, Now you Can Make your Own

Researcher Kamal Meattle had suffered from lung problems 17 years ago. The problems almost turned deadly. So with the help of NASA and a few other organizations Kamal discovered that there are three basic house plants that you can keep in doors to grow your own fresh air, which in result give you better health. Those plants are listed below.

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Areca Palm

1. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)

  • Great in the day time
  • Works best in living areas
  • One needs about 4 shoulder high plants per person
  • Needs to be put outdoors once every 3 to 4 months
  • The leaves of the plant need to be wiped everyday in Delhi and about once month in a cleaner city
  • The soil used should be of vermi manure or use hydroponics
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Sansevieria Trifasciata

2. Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

  • Converts CO2 into O2 at night
  • One requires about 6-8 such waist high plants per person in the bedroom
  • The leaves of the plant need to be wiped everyday in Delhi and about once month in a cleaner city
  • The soil used should be of vermi manure or use hydroponics

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3. Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)

  • Ideal for removing Formaldehyde and other VOC’s
  • Hydroponics is best used to grow this
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Epipremnum Aureum

Now how can we know something so simple could actually work?
They have test these plants for around 15 years in a building in New Delhi, India. The building is 50,000 ft2, with roughly 1,200 plants for the 300 occupants there. This building is now rated the healthiest building in Delhi, by the Indian Government. Below are some stunning facts their study found.

  1. There is a 42% probability of increasing blood oxygen by 1% if one is inside the building for 10 hours.
  2. The incidence of eye irritation reduced by 52%
  3. Reduction of lower respiratory symptoms by 34%
  4. Reduction of headaches by 24%
  5. Reduction of upper respiratory symptoms by 20%
  6. Reduction lung impairment by 10-12%
  7. Reduction of Asthma by 9%

All of this results in fewer sick days — plus employee productivity also increased.

Another experiment was done when they sealed all the fresh air and exhaust from the building for 6 weeks and found that that the air quality inside the building was far better than the air quality outdoors. This resulted in a 15% savinds in energy costs as they did not have to inject 15-20 cfm of fresh air in to the building as suggested by ASHRAE – an industry standard.

So if you have pets, allergies, or any lung problems, it may be very beneficial to you to tak a trip to your local nursery and pick up some of these common plants. I know you may be thinking well having all those plant all over the place may look weird, but these plants are honestly very beautiful and you should easily be able to configure them into any decor.

Pictures of the building and some statistics

Here is the TED presentation Kamal Meattle gave:

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