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By Beth Greer
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been studying the effects of plants on air quality for about 20 years and their research confirms: common houseplants are natural air purifiers.
While the original research was aimed at finding ways to purify the air for extended stays in orbiting space stations, the findings are important for us on Earth as well. The following plants are documented as being especially good at improving indoor air quality:
1. Aloe Vera
It's one of the best ways to help treat sunburn, but aloe vera will also help rid your home of formaldehyde.
2. Areca Palm
This universal air quality superstar will help remove all indoor air toxins.
3. Elephant Ear Philodendron
Just like aloe vera, elephant ear philodendron will cut traces of formaldehyde from your space.
4. Lady Palm
The lady palm plant will eliminate all indoor air toxins and has been especially powerful in ridding your home of cancer causers.
5. Bamboo or Reed Palm
These two varieties will work to get out benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
6. Rubber Plant
One of the best plants for new plant owners (read: difficult to kill), the rubber plant has been shown to kill formaldehyde.
7. Dracaena 'Janet Craig' (Corn Plant)
Clear your home of benzene and cigarette smoke by placing corn plants throughout the space.
8. English Ivy
Benzene and formaldehyde are no match for English ivy, which can also be grown indoors in water.
9. Dwarf Date Palm
The dwarf date plant, one of the best all-natural air fresheners, helps to remove xylene (found in paints, solvents and adhesives).
Also known as the weeping fig, the ficus plant will cut formaldehyde from your house, but there is a catch. The common houseplant has also been shown to trigger allergies for sensitive people.
11. Boston Fern
Formaldehyde has been shown to exist in many home furnitures and building materials, but the Boston fern plant can help to eliminate those emissions.
12. Peace Lily
Though the peace lily can get rid of traces of acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde, cat lovers should not use this plant. The peace lily has been shown to be poisonous to cats.
13. Golden Pothos
For improved lung health, reach for the ozone-cleaning golden pothos plant. It can remove carbon monoxide, benzene and formaldehyde from the indoor air.
14. Kimberley Queen Fern
The Kimberly Queen fern removes formaldehyde form your home and pros have called it one of the best humidifiers you can use.
15. Florist's Mums
Otherwise known as the chrysanthemum—one of the universal "get well" flowers— florist's mums are great for cutting formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia from your air.
16. Gerbera Daisy
You can count on this powerhouse plant to help remove all indoor toxins. Yes, all.
17. Dragon Tree
The dragon tree, while being one of the easiest plants to maintain in your home, cut xylene and trichloroethylene, which have been proven causers of breast cancer.
18. Red Emerald Philodendron
Just like the gerbera daisy, the red emerald philodendron is your go-to plant for erasing all indoor air toxins.
19. Parlor Palm
The parlor palm is an air freshener, a cancer-causer remover and a plant that can help with all indoor air toxins.
20. Spider Plant
Known for its distinctive long striped leaves, the spider plant is also a carbon monoxide eliminator.
Adapted from Super Natural Home.
This article was reposted with permission from our media associate Rodale Wellness.
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The beauty products we put on our skin can have important consequences for our health. Just this March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that some Claire's cosmetics had tested positive for asbestos. But the FDA could only issue a warning, not a recall, because current law does not empower the agency to do so.
Michelle Pfeiffer wants to change that.
The actress and Environmental Working Group (EWG) board member was spotted on Capitol Hill Thursday lobbying lawmakers on behalf of a bill that would increase oversight of the cosmetics industry, The Washington Post reported.
By Julia Conley
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Of more than 1,000 registered voters surveyed on global warming, climate and energy policies, as well as personal and collective action, 38 percent said that a candidate's position on climate change is "very important" when it comes to determining who will win their vote. Overall, democratic candidates are under more pressure to provide green solutions as part of their campaign promises with 64 percent of Democrat voters saying they prioritize the issue compared with just 34 percent of Independents and 12 percent of Republicans.
President Donald Trump has agreed to sign a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill that will help Americans still recovering from the flooding, hurricanes and wildfires that have devastated parts of the country in the past two years. Senate Republicans said they struck a deal with the president to approve the measure, despite the fact that it did not include the funding he wanted for the U.S.-Mexican border, CNN reported.
"The U.S. Senate has just approved a 19 Billion Dollar Disaster Relief Bill, with my total approval. Great!" the president tweeted Thursday.