I found a wonderful little article to keep your gears cranking...

We all know that plants are a nessessary part of our world, but even closer to home, they can make an amazing difference.

So with spring's on its way... let's green up our thumbs and get some dirt under our nails...

This article, plus others for perusing ,can be re-read at HEALTHY CHILD


If you can believe it, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air, and cleaning products, aerosols, air fresheners, paints, and disinfectants are some of the main problems.

Children and adults in the U.S. spend 90% of their time indoors, which means improving indoor air quality should be a priority.

A great way to combat this problem is to cleanse your air with indoor plants. All plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, but some actually remove chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air.
The following is a list of plants that are known to function as efficient air detoxifiers and remove toxins from air (as well as producing essential oxygen, of course).

We chose these because of their high efficiency and low maintenance, although points were also awarded to plants with low light requirements or were esthetically pleasing. Good choices include:

Peace Lilly

Chinese Evergreen

Golden Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)

Snake Plant



Spider Plants

Australian Umbrella Tree

Dracaena Ficus


Aloe Vera

English Ivy

Boston Fern

Remember that plants need to breathe, too.

Dust them gently with a damp cloth, moisten the cloth with milk to add some extra shine. Keep their soil or root area clear - some of the air-cleaning action occurs there.

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