Grow Your Own Fresh Air With 3 Indoor Plants:

by Carole Bourne

Researcher Kamal Meattle gives a fabulous talk on Ted TV.  The topic “How to grow fresh air in your home”.  His 15 years of research amazingly reveals that all you need is 3 common indoor plants.

In fact, he is so convinced of his research that he happily suggests you could live in a glass bottle with the top sealed and have plenty of oxygen with only these three common indoor plants.

An added bonus with his research showed that  the money plant is particularly effecient at removing toxins and volatile chemicals.  He calls it the specialist plant.

Awesome don’t you think !  And, yes I did run out and buy a few more money plants for my home after reading this.

Further, studies have shown Kamal Meattle has the healthiest office building in India – and if you spend 10 hours in his building your blood oxygen levels will increase by at least 1%.

Impressive !

Following are what I believe to be the most important facts from Kamal MeattlesTED TV presentation.  And, good luck with improving the quality of air in your home or office.

Grow your own fresh air with 3 common plants:

1.  Mother in laws tongue ( bedroom plant) (Converts C02 into oxygen at night)

2.  Areca Palm (living room plant) (removes Co2 and converts it into oxygen)

3.  Money plant (removes formealdhye and other volatile chemicals – the specialist plant)

You can listen to Kamal Meattles talk on TED TV by clicking here.

Maintenance of plants:

Wipe the leaves at least once a week in cleaner air cities.

In Delhi you need to wipe the leaves at least once a day

Take them outdoors every 3 – 4 months

Where do toxins come from in your home:

Everyday exposure is a great new interactive web site that shows you room by room just where toxicity might be.

They have a learning centre and list explaining all about the harmful toxins such as:

Parabens – chemical additives found in your cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoo etc

There’s also a book by Mr Wolverton that might interest you called    How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office.  He’s the guy who conducted the plant studies for NASA.


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Dadson May 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

Love this post! I’m off out too…. straight to the garden centre! 🙂


Marianne May 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

Having plants around the house is its own reward thanks to the aesthetic beauty they bring into our lives, and the health benefits are a very nice icing on the cake. Money plants are a personal favorite of mine, too.


Makeup May 23, 2011 at 12:44 am

Thanks for the tips. Plan to buy some plants these week.


Medora June 21, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Can you post pictures and the scientific name of these three plants. There are many plants called “Money Plant”.
I went out and bought an Acrea Palm and the Mother-in-laws Tongue! I also have a Pothos which : “According to the NASA/ALCA study on the use of common indoor plants for indoor air purification, Golden Pothos is one of the top 3 plants besides Philodendron and Spider Plant that has been labeled the most effective in removing formaldehyde. It has been found effective in removing benzene and carbon monoxide too”.


JER0EN R0LAND March 13, 2012 at 7:16 am

Hi, why is it unusual to keep a acai palm indoors forms and temperature and moisture. I want chance my room into 100% humid rainforest, and walpaper falling off the wall.


Amanda May 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Loving these tips!


Rob July 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

We’ve always had an assortment of household plants over the years. First I’ve heard of a ‘Money Plant’. Will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing!


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