Areca Palm: Air purifying plant and health benefits

Areca Palm Health Benefits and air purification

Areca Palm

Healthy living not only includes good foods but also includes clean air to breathe. With the increase in development, the rate of indoor air pollution is also increasing. Most important and common causes of indoor air pollution are cooking and heating. Indoor plants help in absorbing harmful gases and also adds to the serenity and an aesthetic sense to the room. Therefore, it is one of the best way to reduce the effect of indoor pollution is planting indoor plants.

Areca palm indoor plant is one of the best air purifiers. Areca palm growth rate mainly depends upon the environment. In the wild condition most of the plants grow up to 100 feet while in the indoor condition, it grows up to  6-7 feet.  The main source of Areca palm propagation is by seed. The plant requires good light with proper aerated soil and its lifespan is about 10 years. Regular repotting and proper nourishment in every two years is necessary to avoid Areca palm turning yellow.

Botanical name

Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

Common names

  • Feather palm
  • Golden cane palm
  • Yellow butterfly palm

Areca Palm Benefits

Major indoor air pollutants removed by this plant are acetone, xylene, and toluene from indoor air (1). A major source of acetone indoor is from petroleum and diesel product, nail polish, paints, detergents, adhesives and cleansers etc(2). Xylene is also one of the major indoor air pollutants mainly accumulates because of poor ventilation, paints and wooden furniture (3). Toluene causes central nervous system disorders and necrosis mainly in children. Toluene also affects the pregnant women and thus causes developmental disorders in newborns and fetus. Other common symptoms of toluene in the body are irritation of upper respiratory tract and eyes. Again major source of indoor air pollution are the paints, cosmetics, and gasoline etc (4).

Health benefits

1. Absorbs pollutants

Areca palm plants help in absorbing indoor air pollutants like acetone, xylene, and toluene which emits from petroleum products and paints and wooden furniture.

2. Healthy Lungs

Areca palm plants absorb harmful pollutants from indoor air and provide fresh air. thus helps in minimizing upper respiratory tract diseases causes mainly because of toluene.

3. Proper development of children and fetus

Harmful gases like toluene and xylene etc cause developmental problems in children and fetus in pregnant women. the plant areca helps in minimizing this gases from the indoor environment.

4. Strengthen central nervous system

Areca palm therefore provides fresh air by absorbing toluene and other gases, hence, helps in improving the nervous system in children and stops necrosis that is the sudden death of cells and other tissue of the body.

References

  1. https://www.researchgate.net/file.PostFileLoader.html?id=58e52abb404854cfbf4e99ed&assetKey=AS%3A479837954547720%401491413691727
  2. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/tp21-c5.pdf
  3. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/ToxProfiles/tp71-c1-b.pdf
  4. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/toluene.pdf

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