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9 Houseplants

by Barbara Loraine

Houseplants That Detox the Air & Are Easy to Grow

Want to remove toxins from your home or office? Whether from furnishings off-gasses, chemicals, or the environment, toxins can be reduced with houseplants.

In recent years, scientists at NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) have discovered that there are many houseplants that keep our household air clean and pure and balance indoor humidity. Not only do these plants absorb pollutants, some also scrub harmful gases out of the air and help fight pollution.

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Plants were tested for how well they remove substances including benzene (slight exposure can create mild skin and eye irritation, while larger or repeated exposure can result in a blood condition called methemoglobinemiam a condition affects the ability of the blood to carry oxygen), formaldehyde (which can create irritation of eyes, nose, and throat) and trichloroethylene ( a nose and throat irritant that can harm the nervous system and create headaches, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion)

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The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have characterized formaldehyde as a human carcinogen based on studies of inhalation exposure in humans and laboratory animals.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have characterized formaldehyde as a human carcinogen based on studies of inhalation exposure in humans and laboratory animals.

Sources:
http://maison-orion.com/media/1837156-NASA-Indoor-Plants.pdf
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov