Gardening ideas: Ward off air pollution with these indoor plants

Gardening ideas: Ward off air pollution with these indoor plants

Children living in polluted cities have higher chances of developing brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes that raise the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Ward off air pollution at home with these indoor plants.

Start with a herb garden. You'll do yourself a world of good by providing yourself with a protective shield. Rosemary is a good option. (Photo: Thinkstock)

If you have 2-3 hours of light indoors, then you can grow curry leaves. (Photo: Thinkstock)

For areas that have natural sunlight for around 3-5 hours, plants like thyme, tarragon and chives are the best. (Photo: Pinterest)

You can also add mint, Italian basil and cilantro to the list since they are easy to grow and are pretty useful in the kitchen too. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Another favourite with horticulturists is Stevia Rebaudiana. It works as a natural sweetener and is very good if you have diabetes running in the family. It can also help you control your blood pressure level. (Photo: Thinkstock)

You can also get rid of formaldehyde, a volatile organic compound (emitted in low levels by a variety of household products and furniture) which may trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions when present in high levels with plants like peace lily (spathiphyllum). (Photo: Thinkstock)

Weeping fig (ficus bengemina) is also an alternative. (Photo: Pinterest)

It's been observed that air purifying plants like fall guy (dracaena magenta) and philodendron oxycardium have helped in reduction of stress levels. Also, people with asthma have noted a decrease in attacks around these plants. (Photo: Pinterest)

Sansevieria Trifasciata, also known as Snakeplant should be your first choice as this plant thrives on its own and is very effective in reducing levels of vehicular pollution. And the best part is that it emits oxygen at night. (Photo: Thinkstock)

Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera) is also a good option in air-purifying plants. (Photo: Thinkstock)

But if you want a flowering plant to add to the look of the room go for Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis). (Photo: Pinterest)

Another plant that's really helpful in maintaining indoor air quality is the Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema). (Photo: Pinterest)

Some of these indoor plants can also help keep pests at bay. Pencil euphorbia has been used by the Portuguese for centuries to ward off rats. The sap in the plant is highly alkaloid that causes the rats to die. (Photo: Pinterest)

You can also add citronella grass. It is one of the best mosquito repellants ever. (Photo: Pinterest)