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If you feel like the walls are closing in on you, you’re not alone. Spending more time living and working within the same walls every day can begin to feel monotonous pretty quickly.
While you can open the windows, go outside for one walk a day and practice meditation, sometimes the air that surrounds you can feel stale and claustrophobic. If you’re looking to revamp your space or breathe a bit more life into your home, NASA has one tip on how to do it: plants.
A lack of airflow indoors can cause indoor air pollution to build up and even worse? Your furnishings, carpets and walls can hold toxins too. Whether you have an air purifier or not, a recent NASA study recommends seven plants that will help clear out toxins in the air, suggesting one plant per 100 square feet to efficiently detox the air.
Not only will your space look nice thanks to a congregation of greens, these plants will make breathing easier for those with health conditions such as asthma and allergies. Shop the seven detoxifying plants recommended by NASA below.
Low effort, the snake plant is easy to care for. Make sure it has access to some sunlight with regular watering, but don’t fret if you forget, snake plants are low maintenance.
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Easy to maintain with high air-purifying abilities, the Peace Lily is perfect for those lacking a green thumb: simply water and give it access to humid areas (like your bathroom) for a healthy plant.
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A larger palm, this houseplant removes toxins from the air while adding a bit of greenery to any space. Easy to care for, simply place in a well-lit area and water every two weeks.
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No green thumb required, the Parlor Palm is perfect for new plant parents who are looking for an easy, detoxifying plant. Simply place in a corner with exposure to some natural light and water bi-weekly.
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With a subtle red edge, the Dracaena Marginata is often referred to as the dragon tree. Easy to care for, this plant will do well even in low light so long as you’re watering every week.
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Known as one of the easiest plants to care for, the Dracaena Warneckii features beautiful green leaves with bright outer-edges. Simply water once a week and place wherever its best suited in your home.
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With big, bold leaves, this plant is a slow grower but will develop height with a bamboo-esque stalk. To care for your Janet Craig plant, simply water regularly and give access to natural light.