Do you fear your mother-in-law? Well now there’s no need. The Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ (aka ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ or ‘snake plant’) has been proven by Wolverton Environmental Services to be one of the most effective toxin removing plants on the planet, ridding the air of:
- Trichloroethylene – Symptoms associated with short term exposure include excitement, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting followed by drowsiness and coma in serious cases.
- Formaldehyde – Symptoms associated with short term exposure include irritation to nose, mouth and throat, and in severe cases, swelling of the larynx and lungs.
- Benzene – Symptoms associated with short term exposure include irritation to eyes, drowsiness, increase in heart rate, headaches, confusion and in some cases can result in unconsciousness.
- Xylene – Symptoms associated with short term exposure include irritation to mouth and throat, dizziness, headache, confusion, heart problems, liver and kidney damage and coma.
And that’s not all!
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Plant Benefits
NASA also found this incredible plant to absorb 107 air pollutants, including Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Monoxide.
There are about 15 plants that NASA recommends as pollutant absorber plants, but Sansevieria is apparently to be the most ideal, as this plant is easy to grow, very hardy, has a long life time with excellent capacity to absorb many household toxic airborne pollutants and convert them to harmless substances.
A study found out that Sansevieria can absorb up to 80% air pollutant. Putting 2 potted mature Sansevieria can clean the air pollution of a 100 sqft room. Another virtue of Sansevieria is it also has CAM metabolism (Crasulaceaen Acid Metabolism); release oxygen to the air at night, despite of consuming it like other plants commonly do. This makes Sansevieria ideal to be used as indoor plant, as a natural way to fight the Sick Building Syndrome.
Many proved that Sansevieria does not only absorb the indoor pollutants, it also can eliminate bad odor. So in case you buy new furniture still with strong adhesive smell, or you just painted the wall, or your room constantly smells bad, 2 pots of mature Sansevieria probably can free you from suffering undesired odor.
Well, what do you know? Perhaps your Mother-in-law isn’t so bad after all!