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Scientists even recommend it as a promising alternative. See Cavalieri A., Caporali F. Effect of essential oils of cinnamon, lavender and peppermint on germination of mediterranean weeds. Alleopath. J. 2010;25:441–451



Patchouli oil in this spray, which is more than 80 percent effective. See Albuquerque EL, Lima JK, Souza FH, Silva IM, Santos AA, Araújo AP, Blank AF, Lima RN, Alves PB, Bacci L. Insecticidal and repellence activity of the essential oil of Pogostemon cablin against urban ants species. Acta Trop. 2013 Sep;127(3):181-6. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2013.04.011. Epub 2013 Apr 30. PMID: 23643519.



Indoor plants can remove as many as 97 percent. See BC Wolverton; WL Douglas; K Bounds (September 1989). Interior landscape plants for indoor air pollution abatement (Report). NASA. NASA-TM-101766.

Having potted plants in your home can also decrease. See Pegas PN, Alves CA, Nunes T, Bate-Epey EF, Evtyugina M, Pio CA. Could houseplants improve indoor air quality in schools? J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2012;75(22-23):1371-80. doi: 10.1080/15287394.2012.721169. PMID: 23095155.

The eggs from Toxoplasma gondii. See Lass, A, et al. The first detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in environmental air sample using gelatine filters, real-time PCR and loop-mediated isothermal (LAMP) assays: qualitative and quantitative analysis. Parasitology. 2017; 144(13):1791-1801.



Indoor air pollution—particularly from the chemicals acrolein and arsenic—can lead to bladder cancer. See Craun K, Luethcke KR, Shafer M, Stanton N, Zhang C, Schauer J, Faulkes J, Sundling KE, Kurtycz D, Malecki K, Trepanier L. Environmental chemical exposures in the urine of dogs and people sharing the same households. J Clin Transl Sci. 2020 Oct 2;5(1):e54. doi: 10.1017/cts.2020.548. PMID: 33948275; PMCID: PMC8057441.

Air purifiers with HEPA filters. See Dubey S, Rohra H, Taneja A. Assessing effectiveness of air purifiers (HEPA) for controlling indoor particulate pollution. Heliyon. 2021 Sep 10;7(9):e07976. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e07976. PMID: 34568599; PMCID: PMC8449022.



Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, and these can lead to cancer, diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. See De Coster S, van Larebeke N. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals: associated disorders and mechanisms of action. J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:713696. doi: 10.1155/2012/713696. Epub 2012 Sep 6. PMID: 22991565; PMCID: PMC3443608.



All of these increase your risk of developing. See Becher R, Øvrevik J, Schwarze PE, Nilsen S, Hongslo JK, Bakke JV. Do Carpets Impair Indoor Air Quality and Cause Adverse Health Outcomes: A Review. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15(2):184. Published 2018 Jan 23. doi:10.3390/ijerph15020184

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