Houseplants and Your Health: What You Need to Know

Take a closer look at common misconceptions about houseplants.

Houseplants and Your Health: What You Need to Know

By Diana Kelly Levey

You may have heard that certain houseplants can help clean the air in your home by purifying it and creating a cleaner environment in general. We spoke to horticulturist Will Creed, founder of HorticulturalHelp.com and author of Don’t Repot That Plant! And Other Indoor Plant Care Mistakes, who’s been caring for and advising others on household plants for over 35 years. Today, we're going to clear up the common misconceptions about houseplants and heealth benefits once and for all.


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Will Certain Houseplants Clean the Air in Your Home?

You probably heard that having potted plants in your home can help improve the air quality and maybe even heard that plants are effective at removing pollutants from the air. I have seen dozens of articles that haves lists of the ‘10 Best Plants to Clean the Air,’ but I have a lot of difficulty with that,” said Creed. “These experiments were done in controlled lab environments that don’t duplicate the typical home environment, said Creed. Indoor plants do help filter the air and that’s a good enough reason to have houseplants if you enjoy them and are willing to care for them but they are not a cure-all for bad air.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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