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Yes, there are toxins in the air around us, but there’s a simple way to cut down on them — without a HEPA filter. According to the Wall Street Journal, “a growing body of global research is showing plants can reduce dust particles and contaminants, such as formaldehyde and benzene, that come from cigarette smoke, paint, furniture, building materials, and other sources.” What’s more, a recent study cited in the London Daily Mail found that potted plants in offices reduced fatigue, stress, dry throats, headaches, coughs, and dry skin among workers. Which plants are best for keeping you healthy? Here are a few good ones for both desks and bigger spaces — culled from the Wall Street Journal and easywaystogogreen.com
1. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Hardy with tall, blade-shaped leaves, it can tolerate low light and will survive irregular watering. Perfect for black-thumbed couch-potatoes.
2. Peace Lily
An attractive option with a tropical look, it may droop in bright sun. It’s mildly toxic when ingested, so avoid it if you have curious pets or toddlers.