New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year to raise global awareness among the people to protect our nature and take steps towards making the environment more cleaner and greener. The World Environment Day is celebrated since 1972 on June 5 under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

World Environment Day or WED is celebrated in many different ways all over the world: planting trees, cleaning up local beaches, organizing meetings, joining online protests. As the pandemic is going on, it is not possible or advisable to do such things this year.

In April, amid the nationwide lockdown, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reported 46 per cent reduction in PM2.5 levels and 50 per cent depletion in PM10 concentrations in Delhi - one of the most polluted capitals in the world, has taken place which is a good indication to India.

PM2.5 are more dangerous than PM10 since they are small and light fine particles which tend to stay longer in the air to trigger or worsen chronic disease such as asthma, heart attack, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.

On World Environment Day, even if we cannot participate in the activities due to the pandemic, we can still do our part to maintain the balance even during the lockdown to live a healthy lifestyle, by plating indoor plants for breathing clean air which will lead to better health.

Here are some plants that will purify the air in your house:

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Tulsi is a medicinal plant that boosts immunity, improves digestion and also has a soothing impact on the mind. But did you know that it is an excellent air purifier too? Tulsi can absorb harmful gases like carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, benzene, and formaldehyde. The sweet smell of tulsi also helps relax the mind. Besides, it is an excellent mosquito repellent too.

Money Plant

A hardy plant with heart-shaped leaves, money plant is a common indoor plant. This low maintenance plant is a homeowner's favourite for a good reason - it releases oxygen at night and is excellent for filtering the air - not to mention how pretty it is to look at.


Turmeric is a medicinal plant, which is widely used in Ayurveda. The plant helps clean the air by absorbing harmful gases, bacteria, virus and other microorganisms by converting it into oxygen through photosynthesis. It is a must-have indoor plant due to its healing and air purifying properties.

Areca Palm

According to Ferns n Petals, this plant can absorb harmful gases like formaldehyde and benzene. In fact, not only does it filter the air, it also adds moisture to it and is considered to be helpful for people who suffer from sinus issues. This plant prefers partial shade to grow well, making it an ideal indoor plant.


Ideal for those who like bright flowers that can bloom with even minimal care, the Gerbera plant – also known as Barberton Daisy – is an air purifying plant. The NASA Clean Air Study to research ways to clean the air in space stations found Gerbera to be one of the plants that removes volatile organic pollutants

Posted By: Talib Khan