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Plants that Pull Double Duty

As spring approaches, your mind might begin to wander to your lawn and garden. Who can blame you? Any escape from overnight ice storms and below zero temperatures is welcomed mental vacation.


While you’re perusing the home and garden centers of your local home improvement stores and nurseries, why not make a list of plants that do more than serve as eye candy?

Plants such as the English Ivy, Peace Lily and Boston Fern help to absorb pollutants such as formaldehyde and other toxic resins emitted from flooring, carpeting and electronics.  (Note: Peace Lilies are poisonous to pets, so keep them away from your furry ones.)

Keeping an aloe plant nearby during summertime will prove invaluable when you fall asleep sans sunscreen. Just cut off the spear and slather on the cool gel from inside. Lavender is also great for treating sunburns as it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.

When it comes to menacing mosquitos, plants like citronella, peppermint and catnip work well. Bees aren’t very fond of marigolds, geraniums and basil and flies shy away from lavender and rosemary.

Many of these plants are easy to grow and maintain, making them an ideal choice for those born without a green thumb. Plus having fresh herbs nearby might inspire you to try all those summertime Pinterest recipes that have been collecting digital dust.

(Source: www.ThisOldHouse.com)