How clean is the air in your home? Noxious chemicals build up very quickly in one’s house. These include:
Carbon monoxide (from heaters, fireplaces).
Radon (from soil, drains, pipes).
Formaldehyde (from tobacco smoke, new wood furniture, flooring and cabinets, and glue, cosmetics and detergents).
Volatile Organic Compounds/benzene/trichloroethylene, (from plastics, rubber, detergents, degreasers).
Ammonia (from detergents, cleaners).
Xylene (from cigarettes, paint and car exhaust).
These chemicals have been linked to a variety of illnesses from “sick building syndrome” which includes fatigue, myalgias, asthma, headache, palpitations and possible nosebleeds to cancer and possibly death.
Household plants can help eliminate these from the air that you and your family breathe.
The following 12 household plants may come in handy:
Aloe Vera -- helps reduce benzene and formaldehyde.
Spider Plant -- reduces carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
Boston Fern -- removes formaldehyde.
Snake Plant -- removes benzene and formaldehyde.
Areca Palm -- removes most of the above mentioned chemicals and has been rated, “Most efficient air purifying plant” by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America. (Pictured above).
Lady Palm -- removes formaldehyde and ammonia.
Bamboo Palm -- removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
Peace Lily -- removes benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde.
Golden Pothos -- removes most of the above chemicals.
Dragon Tree -- removes xylene.
English Ivy -- removes formaldehyde and mold.
Chinese Evergreen -- multi-talented as well eliminating much of the above chemicals.
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