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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fighting Off Cancer With... Indoor Plants?

Woman watering indoor plants

People have indoor plants (or houseplants) for many reasons; they are pretty, they allow people to use their green thumb skills indoors, and they also release oxygen for a healthy environment. But are they really effective in preventing cancer?

Plants vs carcinogenic gases

Homes contain furniture that is made from synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers are not only in upholstered furniture but also drapery material and clothing. Synthetic fibers also release carcinogenic gases!

So, how do houseplants help? Well, they can remove toxic chemicals from household air, especially the top 3: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.

These common household plants can remove up to 90 percent of toxins from your house:
  • Aloe Vera: Removes formaldehyde from the air
  • Areca Palm: Effective general air purifier
  • Baby Rubber Plant: Removes formaldehyde and other chemicals from the air
  • Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm: Removes formaldehyde and is a natural humidifier
  • Boston Fern: A natural humidifier and removes formaldehyde from the air
  • Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm: Removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air
  • English Ivy: Removes benzene and formaldehyde and is great for asthma and allergies
  • Ficus alii: A REAL ficus tree is a great overall air purifier
  • Gerbera Daisy: Who knew that daisies could remove benzene, a known cancer-causing chemical
  • Moth Orchid: Another favorite, the orchid, removes volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde

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