Invite Fresh Air Into Your Home

These days we spend more and more time inside, surrounded by stale air, computers and televisions that are all sources of hazardous positive ions that can rob us of our good senses and disposition, leading to bad moods, weakness and sleeplessness.

Most indoor environments also contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene found in carpets, furniture, paints, plastics, varnishes, adhesives, detergents, dyes and fire retardants. They are known to irritate the eyes, nose and throat, cause headaches and allergic dermatitis, psychological disturbances, and considered to be carcinogens.

Your home needs ventilation to reduce the indoor pollutants, moisture and odors. Invite fresh air into your home by opening the windows and doors each day.

To take improving your indoor air quality one step further head to your local plant nursery. Did you know that there are several varieties of indoor plants that absorb harmful chemicals and improve the air quality of your home?

Researchers have identified several varieties of houseplants that are remarkably effective in removing these chemical pollutants from the air, such as the philodendron, spider plant, chrysanthemum and peace lily. I personally love all sorts of plants and have a variety in my home. However, it’s best to talk to your local plant nurseryperson or gardener about the best plants to suit your personal living space, especially if you have pets as some plants are potentially harmful if they chew on the leaves.

The other wonderful benefit is that all plants produce oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Therefore, any plants you choose, in addition to the varieties I have just named, will increase the concentration of oxygen in their immediate surroundings.

So, make it a date to head to your local nursery and give yourself the gift of fresh air.

What plants do you enjoy nurturing indoors?

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