Many studies have shown that some indoor plants are particularly useful for our health because they help to purify the air. In particular, there are species that manage to absorb and metabolize pollutants that are found in the places most frequented by man.

In fact, many products and objects of daily use continually disperse harmful substances, which in the long run may prove to be dangerous to humans. For this reason, cultivating at home or in the office some of these plants able to act as filters, is an absolutely natural method to improve the air quality.

In addition, keeping a small green corner at home or in the office is a great way to make the environment more cheerful and relaxing, and can be a very original piece of furniture.

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Ficus Benjamin

Ficus Benjamin is a very decorative plant that does not require special attention.

It has the extraordinary ability to purify the air from formaldehyde, contained in the pressed woods such as chipboard, but also in the tissues and many other products widely diffused. 

In addition, it makes the environments frequented by smokers healthier and, according to recent observations, constitutes a natural shield to electromagnetic fields produced by electrical circuits.


Spathiphyllum is best known for its cheerful white flowering.

It is one of the species with the greatest cleaning capacity of the air, especially in respect of acetone, methanol and benzene, normally released by plastics, solvents and products for civil and industrial cleaning.

These substances are among the main causes of the so-called sick building syndrome that can affect those who spend a lot of time in poorly ventilated buildings (offices, schools, hospitals, civilian homes)


Orchids are one of the most beautiful and refined flowers to grow at home or in the office.

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In addition to being a particularly effective decorative element, they have the ability to purify air, absorbing xylene. 

This chemical is normally used for the production of glues and paints and spreads continuously in the air, volatilizing into microparticles that are then breathed by humans and animals.

In humans, xylene can cause headaches, fatigue, and irritability.


The Pothos is a very common plant for its ease of cultivation and for its very suggestive cascade appearance. 

Particularly suitable for indoor environments such as the bathroom or the kitchen, it has the ability to significantly reduce the concentration of carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide is one of the main components of the pollution caused by car traffic in cities. Inside homes and offices, it can be derived from stoves, fireplaces, heating systems not fully functional and located in rooms with insufficient ventilation.

Kalanchoe Serenity 

The kalanchoe is a succulent plant, very easy to cultivate, much appreciated in the houses and in the offices for its elegant leaves and its multicoloured flowers.

Thanks to its natural process of phytopurification, it is able to capture many toxic agents present in the air, and to transform them into nourishment. In addition, it has a feature that makes it even more useful for human well-being and health: it produces oxygen even during the night.

In fact, it is known that resting in a properly oxygenated room has a calming and relaxing effect. 

For this, keeping a specimen of Kalanchoe Serenity in the bedroom can be a valuable aid to alleviate the problems of insomnia and improve the overall quality of sleep.

[cover photo: Monacis - Cromia Collection - Stilo Square]