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The short, dark days of the winter months leave a lot of us longing for color…. “livingcolor”

Introducing a few flowering and tropical house plants into your home will quickly change the entire, interior, environment of your living space and perk it up for the winter months!

Along with beautifying and cheering up your home, plants work hard on cleaning, purifying, and removing toxins from the inside air.


The West Roxbury, Ma. Home Depot has a great new section for flowering and tropical foliage house plants. The tables create great presentation, and showcase the beauty and array of color that is waiting for you at your local Home Depot.

One of my favorite customers, who is in her early eighties, commented on the new house plant area “this is like going to the flower show” she said “and I can bring some of these beauties home with me”!

Plants add oxygen and clear V.O.C. toxins in our air.  V.O.C's are volatile organic chemical compounds that vaporize and enter the atmosphere. V.O.C's are being emitted from products that surround you in your daily life. V.O.C's are everywhere, all the time they are by products, pollutants of modern day life.

N.A.S.A studies have found that just one, 6inch plant can help purify and remove harmful gases and toxins per 100square feet of living space.  An average home is approximately 1500 square feet, so just 15, 6 inch plants will prove a natural solution for removing contaminates and carcinogens for your interior environment. It is a simple beautiful solution! Why not get growing??A.S.A.P!!

Benefits of House Plants:

There numerous harmful pollutants, you may recognize them by name, or have heard of them in the press they are common and present in our homes.

BENZENE: found as a byproduct of gasoline, oil, ink, paints, plastic and rubber products.

High levels of benzene, from inhalation can cause dizziness, headache, and weakness, irregular heartbeat, liver and kidney damage- Chronic exposure to benzene even at low levels can cause loss of appetite, drowsiness, nervousness, anemia and bone marrow diseases. Contact with benzene repeatedly will cause inflammation, drying and blistering dermatitis.

TRICHLOROETHYLENE: found as a gas, emitted from: lacquers, paints, printing inks and adhesives, cleaning solvents.

Trichloroethylene is known to be a potent liver carcinogen

FORMALDEHYDE: is present in so many every day common items, and is virtually in all indoor environments it is found in urea-formaldehyde insulation, particle board, pressed wood products, grocery bags, waxed paper, facial tissues and paper towels.  Formaldehyde is also present in fabrics with wrinkle resistance, fire retardant, and water resistance properties, it is found in carpet backing and floor coverings.  We are breathing in, and touching this noxious chemical every day!

Formaldehyde is an irritant to eyes, nose and throat, and rare cases has been linked to throat cancer, studies have found that exposure to formaldehyde has contributed to the onset of asthma.

The above are just a few contaminates that are found in our living and working spaces. Come to The Home Depot and pick out some beautiful, natural, functioning air purifiers.  Purchase some sweet, clean, air makers. Buy plants! Buy them, bring them into your life, give them what they need, and they intern will provide you with what you really need….clean air. Bring a few to work, improve your working environment it will perk up your office space and your co-cube workers. The following are few suggestions of plants that will work hard for you:

Best plants for removing Benzene;

·         Gerbera Daisy

·         Chrysanthemum

·         Schefflera

Best for removing Formaldehyde;

·         Philodendron

·         Spider Plant

·          Golden Pothos

·          Mass Cane

·          Peace Lily

·          Sanservieria

 There are so many excellent plants to choose from;

·         Chinese evergreen

·         Peperomia

·          Banana Plants

·          Anthurium

·          Ferns

·         Dracenea

·          Diffenbachia

·          Palms

·         Phalaneopsis Orchid

·          Schefflera

·          Song of India

·         ZZ Plant

·          Ivy


 Check out the flower show at your local Home Depot, stop in and bring some beauties home with you!           Maureen

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Posted 2016-02-04T18:16:52+0000  by Maureen_HD_BOS Maureen_HD_BOS