Did you know that there are several varieties of indoor plants that absorb harmful chemicals and improve the air quality of your home?

Most indoor environments 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.

Researchers have identified several varieties of houseplants that are remarkably effective in removing chemical pollutants from the air, such as the philodendron, spider plant, chrysanthemum and peace lily.

It’s best to talk to your local nursery-person or gardener about the best indoor plants to suit your personal living space, especially if you have pets as some plants are potentially harmful if they chew on the leaves.

I think it’s also relevant to note that we spend more and more time inside these days, 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. The good news is that this is easily counteracted by simply opening the windows and doors each day to Invite fresh air into the home. Living spaces need ventilation to reduce the indoor pollutants, moisture and odors.

These two simple lifestyle changes – opening the windows + adding indoor plants – can help to bring about a more happy, healthy and therefore naturally beautiful you.

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

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