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12 Plants That Make Your Home and Office Healthier

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 nose bleeds 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:

  1. Aloe Vera

    Helps reduce benzene and formaldehyde

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  2. Spider Plant

    Reduces carbon monoxide and formaldehyde

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3.  Boston Fern

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4.  Snake Plant

Removes benzene and formaldehyde

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5.  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

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6.  Lady Palm

Removes formaldehyde and ammonia

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7.  Bamboo Palm

Removes benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde

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8.  Peace Lily

Removes benzene, ammonia and formaldehyde

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9.  Golden Pothos

Removes most of the above chemicals

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10. Dragon Tree

Removes xylene

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11. English Ivy

Removes formaldehyde and mold

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12. Chinese Evergreen

Multi-talented as well eliminating much of the above chemicals

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                                                                                                       LearnHealthSpanish.com                                                                                                         Medical Spanish made easy

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Assistant Professor Touro University Nevada

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