A Child with Cancer has a severely compromised immune system, both from the cancer itself as well as from the cancer treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, and are therefore very susceptible to infections.
While it is important for Children with Cancer to eat the correct, nutritious foodstuffs, they often have problems eating due to various side-effects of cancer treatments, so any additional method of aiding in boosting their immune systems or creating a toxin-free atmosphere at their homes should be welcomed.
An easy way to ensure that the home in which a Child with Cancer lives is as free as possible from toxins is to fill your home with ordinary plants that are capable of purifying the indoor air in your home.
Air Purifying Houseplants
NASA recommends having these plants in your house to purify the air and other amazing reasons!!!
We all know that plants in our home release oxygen. But few of us know that they are able to clean the air from mould and toxins which is great for health. NASA conveyed a study on domestic plants, and concluded that some plants are better than others in cleaning the air and removing the toxins from the room.
All indoor plants are able to purify indoor air to some degree, but some were found by NASA to be more beneficial than others in removing harmful household toxins from the air, even removing 90 percent of chemicals in the air in two days.
There are many dangerous toxins lurking in virtually every corner of our homes – from benzene to formaldahyde. These carcinogenic chemicals are used in the manufacturing of synthetic substances and materials.
We pride ourselves on our carpets, upholstery, and furniture, but few of us think of these items as a source of hazardous chemicals.
Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products – paints, varnishes and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, de-greasing and hobby products.
All of these products can release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) while you are using them, and, to some degree, when they are stored.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are higher indoors than outdoors
- VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids.
- They include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.
- Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.
- VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.
- They are a group of hazardous chemicals that evaporate at room temperature.
- They include benzene, acetone, and formaldehyde.
- Even short-term exposure to VOCs can cause respiratory irritation, eye irritation, nausea, and headache. It can also trigger asthma symptoms.
- Long-term exposure to VOCs can cause liver, kidney, or nervous system damage and even cancer.
Common Houseplants, VOCs & Outer Space
Much of the research on these beneficial houseplants has been done by NASA scientists researching ways to create suitable habitats for space stations in outer space.
VOCs have an impact on indoor air quality, but you don’t have to invest in expensive electrical air purifiers when you could purchase a few houseplants that will purify and filter the air in your home naturally and inexpensively.
This means that these types of houseplants may just decrease your risk of cancers, asthma, allergies, auto-immune disorders and other diseases.
Below are just some of the plants recommended by NASA to have in your home
According to Nasa, Aloe Vera is one of the best plants for air purification. This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent absorbs the carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, (by-products of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more), from the environment.
Place it in such a way that it gets sun during the day while it purifies the air while you are sleeping. Nine air purifiers can be replaced with one Aloe Vera plant.
Virtually everyone has this fern in their home or garden or grew up with it. It has graced indoor and outdoor landscapes since Victorian times. This common fern humidifies and purifies the air generally, but is particularly good at removing formaldahyde.
NASA ranks it ninth on its list of air-purifying plants. Mist the plant daily for best results. It likes bright light and damp soil but can be tolerant of drought or partial light.
What makes the Chinese Evergreen special is that its effectiveness develops over time. The more time the plant spends in a space, the more effective it becomes at removing the air pollutants and toxins in the area.
Chinese Evergreen emits oxygen and purifies indoor air by removing chemicals, such as formaldahyde, benzene and other toxins.
Ficus plants do not need a lot of light and are very easy to maintain.
The ficus is quite effective in purifying the air of formaldehyde.
Avoid having a ficus plant in your home if you have pets or small children though, because its leaves may be poisonous.
English Ivy, the evergreen climbing vine that is most commonly found outside, can substantially reduce the amount of mould in the air in your home, according to research presented to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Airborne mould spores have been linked to a variety of serious illnesses.
Ivy will remove 58% of airborne fecal-matter particles and 60% of other carcinogenic toxins such as second-hand smoke in the air within 6 hours.
The Pygmy or Dwarf Date Palm is one of the best for removing indoor air pollutants and is especially adept at removing xylene.
Products that contain xylene include paints, varnishes, fingernail polish, adhesives, rubber cement and gasoline.
Exposure to xylene in any way, whether it be inhaled, ingested, skin contact or eye contact can cause some harmful health effects, including depression of the central nervous system, resulting in symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
The Snake Plant does its work at night. It sucks in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night, helping people sleep better.
Many individuals choose to keep snake plants in their bedrooms or carpeted living rooms, as they prevent the formaldehyde that leaks from carpets and wood furniture from hanging around in the air.
In SA this plant is almost regarded as a weed, but the spider plant absorbs carbon monoxide, mould and other allergens from the air. It can remove up to 90% of the toxins in your indoor air within two days.
NASA places this plant among the top three types of houseplants that are great at removing formaldahyde. It requires natural light, but shouldn’t be exposed directly to the sun. It is easy to grow and you can make more plants from it, as it grows baby versions of itself.
NASA recommends 15 – 18 of the above plants in an area of 500 square meters. In 80 square meters you will need 3 to 4 plants. make sure you put at least one in the bedrooms because you sleep there.