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Breathe easy with indoor plants

by webdev

October 12, 2011

Decorating a home with green or flowering plants adds a lovely aspect of natural design and reminds its inhabitants of the brighter days of summer. In addition to these aesthetic values, indoor plants have health benefits for people, too.

The air indoors is reported to have as much as 12 times more pollution than outdoor air, which has led to concern over air quality in homes, according to Science Daily. Between varnishes, adhesives, furniture, building materials and more, most human homes are loaded with toxic chemicals that get breathed in.

According to a 2002 World Health Organization report, harmful indoor pollutants are responsible for more than 1.6 million deaths per year, and can cause serious health problems as well. These pollutants, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been proven to cause illnesses in people, according to a recent study on the health benefits on ornamental indoor plants.

The study found that a number of house plants, including green plants like English ivy and asparagus fern, were effective in removing VOCs from indoor air. Prevention magazine reports that flowering plants like begonias are mood boosters and generate creativity in people around them.

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