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How Growing Plants in Your Home Can Prevent Colds and Protect You From Cigarette Smoke

(WellnessNova.com) - Plants do more than just look pretty – much more. Studies by scientists at NASA, Pennsylvania State University, and other respected institutions find plants can improve the air quality in your home or office. Here’s what they found:

Plants Boost Your Oxygen and Remove Carbon Dioxide

Indoor plants breathe through pores in their leaves, breathing in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen, which improves the air quality of your home or office.

Plants Reduce Unhealthy Air Pollutants

According to NASA research, plants can remove around 87 percent of pollutants in the air. NASA discovered that plants purify the air by pulling toxins into the soil beneath them. These toxins are converted into food for the plant.

Plants that are particularly effective in removing toxins include spider plants, snake plants, Japanese royal ferns, Boston ferns, aloe vera, English ivy and purple waffle plants.

Furthermore, the Adiantum plant absorbs the nasty compounds released by printers and monitors.

Keep these in your home to reduce indoor air pollution.

Plants Humidify Dry Winter Air

Turning on the heat during winter can make the air dry. Dry air can cause itchy skin, rashes, and irritation. It can thicken the mucus in your airways, making you feel stuffy and clogged.

Plants release moisture vapor into the air during photosynthesis. This naturally humidifies your indoor air. Plants release around 97 percent of the water they absorb from the soil. You can easily humidify your room to comfortable levels with only a few plants.

Having houseplants can also prevent colds, sore throats, and dry skin, according to studies at the Agricultural University of Norway. They’re practically miracle workers for anyone suffering with respiratory problems, especially in winter.

Plants Reduce Harmful Airborne Bacteria and Fungi

Findings suggest that houseplants get rid of mold spores and other microbes in the air. Cacti and asparagus are particularly effective in reducing airborne viruses and killing airborne bacteria.

You should care for these in your home if you want cleaner air with less disease-causing microbes.

Plants Absorb Radiation From Computers

Some plants even have the ability to reduce harmful radiation in the air. Cactus plants can especially absorb the electromagnetic radiation coming from technological devices, like computers.

Plants Absorb Smoke

If you’re a smoker consider investing in a Pachira plant. They absorb smoke well by removing benzene (one of cigarette smoke’s carcinogens), and also release oxygen. Since it cleans and renews indoor air, it’s great for helping protect your loved ones from second hand smoke exposure.

Another great plant for smoker households is the Chlorophytum. It absorbs formaldehyde and carbon monoxide and breaks down nicotine and benzene in tobacco, purifying your air for safer breathing.

You’d be surprised how toxic your indoor air can be. Why buy expensive, useless fake plants when you can grow natural, air-cleaning houseplants inside your home or office at a fraction of the cost! Plants are nature’s purifiers that can detox your indoor air. Fortunately, all it takes is a few of these miracle breathers here and there around your home to significantly reduce harmful pollutants in your air. You’ll also be taking better care of your lungs and body without using harmful and costly air fresheners.

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