Friday, November 27, 2015

A Simple Change that Can Reduce Headaches, Sore Throats and Coughs by up to 40%

That smell of dust in the heat vents kicked in a few weeks ago, as we delve into the colder season here in Minnesota. 

Is it Friday yet?I once heard someone say they like that warmed dust smell, and I thought they were a little crazy, but after nearly 15 years of calling this colder climate home, I get it now.

That isn't just a smell its a memory trigger. It triggers the memory of heat that makes you warmer, of sitting in front of a fire place, snuggled under a blanket and drinking some hot chocolate. All in all it's a happy smell!

Unfortunately with all that delicious warmth also comes the air getting dried out from that welcomed heat. Dry air that dries out our sinuses and makes us more susceptible to getting sick. Yuck! We'd all rather pass on that one, right?

While we are stuck inside, getting less sunshine in winter than at other times of the year, our bodies need all the help we can get to stay healthy.

A study conducted by Professor Tove Fjeld of the Agricultural University in Oslo, Norway found one important change we can make to our homes and offices to keep us from getting more sore throats, headaches and coughs.

That one change is more plants.

Here are the results of Dr. Fjeld's study...


As you can see the results show an improvement in over all well being, as well as help with warding off fatigue, headaches, dry throats, and coughs.

Further study showed that...
"Neuro-psychological and mucous membrane symptoms were also 'significantly reduced’. 
A study conducted by Dr. Virginia Lohr at Washington State University found that plants can lower computer lab test participants’ stress (systolic blood pressure was lower) while raising attentiveness and reaction times."(source)

The plants used in the study were common foliage plants. 

Now that we know what a great benefit plants can be to our health, and they just make everything look nice, let's all go get some more plants!

If you'd like an added boost to your plant purchase you can buy plants that also help clean the air. 

Here are 4 air improving plants...

1. Dryness With Bamboo Palm
Growing between 3 to 6 feet tall, the long, elegant leaves of this sturdy palm sweep away toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, xylene, and chloroform. In addition to helping you breathe fresh air, it is an excellent spider mite repellant. During the cold winter months when air is very dry, the bamboo palm emits some much-needed moisture. It is best kept out of direct sunlight and feeds on all-purpose liquid fertilizer during the summer months.

2. Cleanse With Chrysanthemums
Purple DahliaOriginally cultivated in China in 15th century BC, this plant boasts multiple medicinal and culinary uses. Its yellow and white flowers are enjoyed as a sweet drink in some parts of Asia, while the greens are boiled and served as a delicious meal in China. In addition to being a tasty treat, the NASA study found that chrysanthemums were effective at removing benzene from the air. Benzene is one of the most common odorless pollutants found in inks, paints, plastic, dyes, detergents, gasoline, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides. The flowers last about six weeks and thrive in bright, indirect light.  These should be kept out of reach of pets and children.


3. Purify With Peace Lily
Native to tropical regions, this beautiful perennial plant contains large leaves that vacuum benzene, trichloroethylene, and other hard-to-pronounce pollutants. Peace lilies thrive in low and bright light with a slightly moist soil. The next time you need an air freshener, don’t reach for the chemical spray! Breath in the bloom and serenity of a peace lily.

4. Doze Off With Gerbera Daisies
If getting a good night’s rest is not on your agenda this evening, you may want to add some gerbera daisies on your night stand. While most plants release oxygen during the day, their respiratory cycle decreases in the evening hours. However, gerbera daisies continue releasing oxygen all through the night to help you breath and sleep better. Gerbera daisies are especially helpful for those suffering from sleep apnea or breathing disorders. These daisies will have you dozing off in no time!  

Here's to our health!
Natalie  :-)

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