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Oxygen Bars – At Work, At Home

Updated on February 13, 2013


In an experiment conducted in a 300-employee building in New Delhi, India, three varieties of plants have proved to make the air inside the building cleaner, fresher, healthier. Are we on the threshold of being able to grow our own fresh air? Not to mention a saving in energy costs, a higher level of productivity, because the energy levels of people inside go up, and a decrease in ailments like eye irritation, respiratory illnesses and headaches.


There were three plants that were tested and here they are. Each one is beneficial in a slightly different way and they have been dubbed accordingly. So you have the Living Room Plant, the Bedroom Plant and the Specialist Plant.


Does this open a window of hope for the future? Will be have less polluted spaces to work in, to play in, to live in? Will the world turn to a greenhouse kind of living with a few plants which make the air fresher?


We’ve grown up being taught that plants give out carbon dioxide at night which is why it isn’t advisable to have plants in your room when you’re sleeping. Now here’s something that is turning all those old beliefs upside down and telling us that it is good to have a whole lot of plants around you even at night. According to the experiments that have been conducted, obviously only some plants have the capability of producing oxygen at night. And who knows, there may be many such plants that could be good for us in more ways than one!


In India, the tulsi plant – a variety of the basil - is revered and planted at the entrance of most homes. This has been carried a bit further by certain natural medicine practitioners - people who suffer from ailments that can’t be cured are sent to farms that are overgrown with tulsi. They say that just being there has wrought so many miraculous cures.


There’s so much in Nature that heals, sustains and protects us. All we need to do is to reach out and drink freely of the abundance that it offers. If these experiments are an indication of this theory that plants can be beneficial to us just by being around us, it could open up a whole new world of fresh air.


The Living Room Plant

The Areca plant is also known as the Butterfly plant. Its botanical name is Chrysalidocarpus lutescens and it is originally from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is found in most tropical countries today and is usually used as an ornamental plant.


The Bedroom Plant

This plant is called the Mother-in-law’s tongue or the Snake plant. This too is mainly used for ornamental purposes though in many places in Africa it is still used as a charm to ward off evil. Its botanical name is Sansevieria trifasciata.




The Specialist Plant

Called the Money plant or the Silver vine, the botanical name of the plant is Epipremnum aureum. The plant is originally from Asia and New Guinea and it is used as an ornamental plant both indoors and outdoors.




So that’s it – just three plants to make a huge impact in your life. You’ll feel better, you’ll work better, you’ll live better. So open up the doors of your office and home to the power of oxygen by making the space around you green with these powerhouse plants.


Thank you Feline Prophet for sending me the link to this experiment.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi eventsyoudesign - they are supposed to flush the impurities out of the air around you.

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Great article. Can you tell me anything about the health benefits of the Ficus tree(Weeping Fig)?

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Winsome - isn't it wonderful what a great nourisher and replenisher Nature is? Thanks for coming by!

      Hi saddlerider1 - Sounds so perfect! Yes, it's amazing how different the air feels. Here, we try to keep our patch green but it's a losing battle against the march of concrete.

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Not only do we have plants in our house but our home is surrounded by forest so whenever we go for walks we are getting lots of clean oxygen from all the plants, shrubs and trees in our private neighborhood.

      As soon as we leave our surroundings we can feel the difference in the quality of the air. Oxygen is important for life, so people go buy lots of plants and take care of them and they will take care of you:) great post..

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      I read about this, how he was able to replenish the air in the whole building. I like to open the door to our very green backyard at night to let in the cool, plant and herb scented air. Maybe we should build an extra room for the plants. =:) Thanks for the reminder.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      With a mind as sharp and charged up as yours, MA - you don't need it :D

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      An idea that's worth investing in especialy scince I'm retired and have time(as I suspect is little) to keep them health!;)

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      One can never have too many of them, can one? Thanks for reading festersporling!

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Interesting. I need to get some more plants for my new place. I have a few but could always use more.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      That's great Coolmom - plants are so relaxing!

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      I have one or two plants in my place thanks for sharing

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      That's great to hear Resolver - would that more people were in tune with Nature like you are!

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      Resolver2009 8 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

      Fascinating hub, my house is actually covered in green already though, as I know about their positive effects. Well written. :)

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thanks Kimberly - plants are really wonderful, aren't they?

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      Kimberly Bunch 8 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

      I have lots of big plants at home. Love them and I enjoyed your hub!

      Kimberly ~

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Ours too quicksand - we have two dogs so plants inside except for a few kept at higher levels is a no-no. Thanks again for reading my hubs :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Shal, We have all three plants, but all of them are out in the garden installed in pots. Some of the pots containing living room plants are brought indoors occasionally, for decorative purposes, whenever we have a get together of some sort. Cheers!

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Ahhh Candie - you and lots of TLC go together :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I dunno, maybe too much TLC?

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Hi there Candie - what did you do? Go bang bang at them?? :D

      Yes, maybe you should try again :) Thanks for reading!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I loved this! I have had all three plants, and killed all three. The Sansaveria was the toughest to kill, but I persevered and got the job done! I should try again.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thanks for reading shamelabboush - yes, plants are special :)

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      indoor plants are very healthy choice plus the greenery and fantasitc view they give. I think we can utilise this technique in the future to reduce energy and maintain healthy atmosphere everywhere. Thanks.

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thanks FP - as always for the inspiration :)

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Ah Shal, you've added your special touch to this as usual! :)

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Haha Jaspal - you got a point there :D

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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I'd read a report on this experiment somewhere and cannot forget the comment a friend had to make: "Plants yes, but no mother-in-law's tongue in my bedroom!" :)

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      Thanks Pete, Staci and Brian for your comments.

      Pete - you're so right - ideally, it should be great outside too!

      Staci-Barbo7 - Yes, it's strange how they become part of the family almost!

      Brian - I do too - thank goodness my husband remembers to see if they've been watered everyday!

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      I love having plants around, find it difficult sometimes to remember to water them though, but thankfully my wife doesn't forget.

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      Staci-Barbo7 8 years ago from North Carolina

      I love plants in and around the house. I've always felt they connect us with the best in our environment. They seem to contribute to a nice peaceful atmosphere in the house that nothing else quite does.

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      Pete Maida 8 years ago

      We have plants all over our house. We've known for a while that, on a humid summer day, the air in the house can be better than the air outside. This is not a good thing. We need to do more to improve the air outside so we don't have to hide in the house.