Trees are essential for the existence of humankind and are one of the greatest sources of oxygen on earth. Where on one side we are facing the dangers of global warming and a decrease in oxygen levels in the atmosphere, there are plenty of trees that hold the entire planet together by supplying sufficient oxygen to all living organisms.
All trees use carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and release back oxygen in their course. They release oxygen into the air and store energy within their glucose molecules. Through this beautiful process, trees ensure the sustainability of life on earth and enrich our lives with oxygen, shade during peak summers, fruits & vegetables, medicinal uses, and much more. Planting a tree is the most environment-friendly deed you can perform. You must know that planting the right kind of tree will help you accomplish the greater good.
Here is a list of trees that produce the most oxygen, keep reading to know more!
1. Banyan Tree
The national tree of India and also referred to as the old mighty tree, the banyan tree is popularly known for its ability to emit a large amount of oxygen. Planting such trees in your surroundings can be extremely beneficial as they ensure the purity of air and reduce the presence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In Ayurveda, the banyan tree is believed to heal many diseases and infections. It has medicinal properties apart from its rich oxygen emission.
All these trees that emit oxygen at night undergo a type of photosynthesis called Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM). According to this process, they emit a considerable amount of oxygen at night. Every part of the Banyan tree comes in handy and has a sizeable amount of medicinal and herbal properties. The banyan tree is among those trees that have lived through generations and continue to provide for the living.
2. Neem Tree
The neem tree is the most valuable medicinal plant that reduces the volume of greenhouse gases through photosynthesis, absorbing a wide amount of carbon dioxide from the air. It releases a significant amount of oxygen in its surroundings and possesses a plethora of health benefits.
An Indian native, neem trees give out oxygen in large quantities due to their bigger foliage. There is a need to increase tree plantations on our planet and neem trees are a wondrous creation of mother nature that comes with no cost to pay.
Planting neem trees around your vicinity can ensure a strict check on the purity of the air you breathe. It is recommended to plant the neem tree inside the house, especially in the center of the courtyard of your house, and this fact is scientifically true as it acts as a natural pesticide.
Neem is truly the magical plant that is used in almost every kind of medicine in treating leprosy, eye disorders, bloody nose, stomach bug, skin diseases, heart-related problems, and liver issues. The plant is versatile and enriches the air around you, leaving a strong fragrance of purity in its surroundings.
3. Peepal Tree
One of the most popular trees that emit oxygen in the air is the Peepal tree. While most trees release oxygen only in the presence of sunlight, peepal tree emits some amount of oxygen at night too. Peepal tree is also referred to as, sacred fig or religiosa, having its origin from India. It not only provides oxygen at night that helps animals or humans to take shelter under it but also treats diseases like asthma, constipation, diabetes, and various blood-related problems. The leaves of the tree contain glucose, asteroid, and mennons, phenolic, while its bark is highly rich in vitamin K.
Its bark can also be used as a substitute for cleaning your teeth, the perfect remedy for toothache problems. Peepal tree emits oxygen round the clock and absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that ensures clean breathable air around it. Its unique feature of being able to emit oxygen throughout the day makes it the most environmentally friendly tree. Make sure to plant samplings to not only help your surroundings but also the environment.
4. Arjuna Tree
Known to be an ancient cardiovascular drug, Arjuna is the Indian subcontinent’s most popular medicinal plant, also found in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, and Mauritius. The bark decoction is used in various kinds of medicines in India since ancient times. It acts as an antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and reduces the risk of heart-related difficulties.
Its medicinal value is well-accounted for by modern researchers. The bark of the tree is its main source of usefulness. Owing to its comeliness, arjuna trees are used in landscaping as well. Having a wealth of ayurvedic properties, the arjuna is also the perfect tree for air purification. The tree reduces the number of harmful gases in the atmosphere and replaces them with fresh oxygen. Generally, people plant more than one arjuna tree around their surroundings to increase the oxygen level that helps reduce numerous respiratory problems.
5. Ashoka Tree
Usually, small in size compared to its competitors, the Ashoka tree is an extraordinary tree with aromatic flowers and an erect stem. The Ashoka tree is a rainforest tree spread across the Indian subcontinent. The tree is popular for its mesmerizing beauty along with its ability to cleanse the air around it. They absorb toxic gases, particulate matter and enrich the atmosphere with clean oxygen. The survival of many living organisms is dependent on trees, such as Ashoka itself. This is a useful tree that is becoming vulnerable and demands more plantations to preserve its unique species.
It would be useful to consider an array of Ashoka trees around your society/ place of residence to elevate the beauty of your home and the oxygen content of the air around you.
6. Indian Bael
Native to India, bael is commonly known as bael, Bengal quince, golden apple among many names it has to its credit. An Indian bael usually lives for about 30-60 years and can grow up to 40-50 feet above the ground. This Southeast Asian tree is celebrated for its competence to absorb all chemical pollutants, poisonous gases from the atmosphere and neutralize the surroundings.
These air-purifying trees ensure a steady flow of oxygen in the presence of sunlight as opposed to others. There are also some mythological and godly aspects associated with the Indian bael. The presence of phytoconstituents in bael is said to have promising benefits for various medicinal purposes. The tree bears fragrant flowers that maintain a soothing aura around it. The fruits produced by bael are rich in various nutrients such as beta-carotene, protein, riboflavin, and vitamin C. The amount of oxygen bael releases into the atmosphere is commendable and more such trees should be planted within your surroundings.
7. Curry Tree
Famously used in curries and stews, the curry tree has aromatic leaves and is the star of many Indian delicacies. Native to India, it is also one of the most commonly grown trees in Indian households that are not only used for cooking but also for improving the air quality around it. These are usually small trees with white flowers and aromatic leaves. These trees are not only an indispensable part of Indian cuisine but also an essential ingredient in traditional medicines. Like every other tree that has a high rate of oxygen emission, the curry tree also contributes to a large amount of oxygen present in the atmosphere. Curry tree can be a great addition to your kitchen garden that will serve the purpose of feeding stomachs and purifying the air in one go!
8. Saptaparni Tree
A winter specialty in India, the flowers of saptaparni fill the atmosphere with their strong smell which is usually attributed to the season. The saptaparni tree grows in tight clusters and stays till the end of the winters. These trees can be found in large quantities in the subcontinent while its wood is used to make wooden slaves for children. Hence the tree also derived the name the ‘blackboard tree’.
Research has proven that these trees improve the air quality by removing pollutants and replacing them with fresh oxygen. The bark of the tree is used for many traditional medicines to treat diarrhea, asthma, fever, and other such diseases. There is a popular superstition among the tribes in India that saptaparni trees, the devil's tree’, as they like to call it should not be kindled with and must be left alone. Therefore, planting a saptaparni tree has many useful benefits and should definitely be a part of your home garden.
9. Jamun Tree
The Jamun tree is a tropical evergreen tree that has the capacity to grow up to 50-100 feet tall. Jamun tree has delicious edible berries and aromatic flowers that add to its list of benefits. The tree has the capability to absorb toxic gases especially, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen from the air. The cleansing of the air helps in keeping the surrounding rich in oxygen and full of life. The berries are also used to make traditional wine, medicine and used as cooling agents. Owing to its refreshing qualities the tree is not just popular for its fruit but also for its ability to emit large quantities of oxygen.
10. Bamboo Tree
Known as a natural air purifier, a bamboo plant can produce more than 70 tons of oxygen and absorb 80 tons of carbon dioxide per acre per year. Even though bamboo is essentially a grass plant, due to its large woody structure and very tree-like appearance, they are often called bamboo trees. Bamboos have a reputation to live for as long as 120 years. Having their origin in China, they are used to make everyday household tools. Bamboos are known for their ability to withstand harsh conditions. A closer study of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima revealed that bamboos could survive even an atomic radiation tragedy. A grove of bamboos has the ability to release 35% more oxygen than other groups of trees.
They also have several health benefits. From improving appetite and digestion, weight loss to curing chronic illnesses like heart problems and cancer, bamboos are a great addition to the environment. There is strong evidence of its resilience and medicinal qualities that makes bamboo a desirable plant to have around you.
11. Snake Plant
A snake plant is a quiet indoor plant with delicate yet upright leaves. Popularly known as the mother-in-law's tongue, these plants can grow up to 3 feet high. It holds a unique quality to it absorb harmful materials from the air to create a pure atmosphere, even during the night. This plant is one of the very few plants that have the ability to stay in and produce a large amount of oxygen that helps clean the surroundings.
The plant is usually very easy to maintain indoors and requires watering only a few days a week. This plant is efficient, low maintenance and it accelerates the appearance of your house. With its sharp aesthetic presence, the plant is customarily a part of Indian households. Keeping one of these snake plants as part of your interior decor can be extremely beneficial for your health.
12. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is among those indoor plants that emit oxygen at night whilst simultaneously taking in the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Aloe vera plant has a reputation for being able to remove toxins from the air like aldehydes and Benzene. The transparent white gel that is found between their thick pointy leaves has many medicinal functions.
Essentially, the aloe vera plant is a medicinal plant that is used to treat many skin diseases and burns. The aloe vera plant requires very little watering and can easily survive in a well-lit atmosphere. Aloe vera releases oxygen at night therefore, it purifies the air and provides fresh oxygen to breathe at night. Placing a small aloe vera plant in your bedroom or indoor garden can be a useful tip to improve the quality of your house.
Also known as the holy basil, tulsi is native to India and is mostly utilized in the southern Eastern part of Asia. The Tulsi plant is something that you would find in every Indian household, either as a part of the kitchen garden or as a symbol of worship. The leaves are used for treating serious illnesses such as asthma, cold, high blood pressure, cholesterol, common cold, fever, and flu. Tulsi is said to have stress-relieving qualities and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a stress relaxant and inflammation controller. The holy basil comes in various forms and can both survive in sunlight and indoors owing to its unique properties. Having a tulsi plant at home is super convenient and enriching reaching at the same time. Tulsi can be a great air purifier and supplier of fresh breathable air.
14. Money plant
Also known as the devil's ivy, owing to its structure, a money plant has flat lamp leaves that resemble that of a coin. Essentially, an indoor plant, a money plant is commonly used in households for filtering air. Money plants can promote a healthy lifestyle by removing harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, xylene, formaldehyde, and benzene from the atmosphere. The plant is known to produce large quantities of oxygen making it easy to breathe around the room.
Money plants also act as an anti-radiator inside your home and minimize radiation emissions from electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, and laptops. This is definitely the positive addition that you need in a household that can help with many psychological and physical health benefits.
The scent of lavender has always been attributed to relaxation and stress reduction. Lavender has time and again proven to lower heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety levels and is definitely perfect for a bedroom. Lavender plants release oxygen at night and ensure a goodnight’s sleep. Lavenders also sizeably used in bath oils, aroma lamps, essential oils, candles, perfumes, room freshness, etc. Proper warmth and sunlight are desirable for your plant so ensure that the plant has a sunny windowsill and gets water sparingly.
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