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Monday, January 25, 2010

Healthy Plants, Healthy Air

The air we breathe in our homes all day long is not safe. I know, it is not a thing you want to think about. One of the worst offenders in that air is formaldehyde, which is emitted from carpet, plywood, particle board, curtains, and adhesives. It is in all of our homes, and it is higher in newer homes too. Some of the effects of inhalation are eye, nose, and throat irritation and effects on the nasal cavity. Other effects seen from exposure to high levels of formaldehyde in humans are coughing, wheezing, chest pains, and bronchitis.

So, what can we do to keep these levels down and keep our families safe? Well, one easy thing to do is get a few plants. If you want to really make a difference, get a plant for each room in your house. I am still working on that one myself, but each step we take makes a difference.

These plants are natural toxin absorbers, taking in the dangerous toxins through their leaves and stems during the day and through their roots at night. Poor guys, I think they have one of the worst jobs ever!

Some of the best plants for this job are the Boston fern, Areca palm, Lady palm, Bamboo palm, Rubber plant, Spider plant, and Peace lily. So, jot those down and head out to find your new, natural air freshener.


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