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Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:25 pm      Reply with quote
Just wanted to share about something I read recently in a magazine. It was saying that by having certain plants in the house such as spider plants, chrysanthemums and so on that is is possble to cleanse the air inside your home of the many toxins that come from things like paint and furnishings and which like traffic pollution age our skin and bodies by causeing free-radical production. The plants draw in and recycle these toxins and pump fresh oxygen into the air and some also act as humidifiers by putting moisture into the air also great for your skin apparently rubber plants are excellent humidifiers!
Anyway I have a little aloe vera plant but only thought of it as being nice to look at and a free source of aloe gel but I didn't realise they could be useful for cleansing the air inside the house. I'm not an expert but there is lots of info on the net about this. I'm curious to see if others knew of this and if they feel keeping house plants is beneficial?
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Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:27 pm      Reply with quote
Interesting. Which magazine was this?
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Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:42 pm      Reply with quote
It was in the UK magazine Red. I read it in the Dr's waiting room so it maybe from a few months back. Here is a link with some more info:
http://danaherbert.blogspot.com/2007/11/environment-activism-seven-plants-that.html
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Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:17 pm      Reply with quote
Peace Lilies and Bamboo Palms are also popular for that...

CancerPreventionCoalition wrote:
Several common house plants are known for their use in the removal of contaminants from indoor air. Spider plants and golden pothos are recommended for carbon monoxide and formaldehyde removal. Chinese evergreen, English ivy, peace lily, or Marginata remove benzene. Trichloroethylene is best removed by a potted mum, a peace lily or Warneckii (Dracaena deremeusis).


http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/household/indoor_air_poll.htm
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Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:23 pm      Reply with quote
Cool! Cancer prevention is even more important than having nice skin!
Thanks for that link havana Smile
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Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:48 pm      Reply with quote
really, plants could be an anti-aging stuff, amazing!!
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Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:14 am      Reply with quote
I've always read (from boring skeptics, haha, but still) that most houseplants don't actually get enough sunlight to truly produce the oxygen and cleansing benefits we might like to achieve.

Still, I figure it can't hurt, and maybe they're all wrong. And I love having a house full of plants -- I like having something to tend and nurture. (Read: frequently neglect and let go brown. Laughing Thankfully, my plants are hardy and they put up with a lot from me!)

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Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:56 am      Reply with quote
having plants around makes perfect sense. my dad told me a long time ago that the depletion/destruction of rain forests would be really bad for our air--no massive and abundant trees and other plants to filter the air.

i was at trader joe's earlier and almost bought a mum because of your post! Smile

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