Category: Health

Good Smelling Houseplants

Check out these good smelling houseplants that not only look great but they will also make your house smell great as well!

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  • Rosemary: This woodsy smelling plant’s scent is thought to increase brain power
  • Devil’s Ivy: This plant helps to eliminate fumes from paint and glue
  • Peace Lily: This beautiful plant assists in ridding a home of new carpet and upholstery smells
  • Lavender: This gorgeous purple plant looks stunning and helps promote relaxation and sleep making it a good choice for the bedroom
  • Sharry Baby Orchid: A unique plant with either a chocolate or vanilla scent
  • Jasmine: This pretty plant offers a sweet scent
  • Mother-in-Law Tongue: This amazing plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen
  • Mums: This popular fall plant helps reduce toxins from cigarette smoke
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The Flu-10 Things You Didn’t Know


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  1. The term influenza is the Italian word for “influence”:  This refers to the cause of the disease; people used to think that the planets, stars, and moon influenced the sickness.
  2. Every year, an average of 5%-20% of the US population contracts the virus
  3. Hippocrates first reported a flu-like disease in 412 B.C.: The first documented flu pandemic was in 1580 and it affected more than 90% of the population.
  4. It’s smart to get vaccinated before October: Although January is a big month for the virus, some outbreaks happen as early as October. Since the antibodies in the vaccine take up to two weeks to develop, doctors recommend getting vaccinated early.
  5. There have been 4 major flu epidemics in the last century: The Spanish flu, Asian flu, Hong-Kong flu, and the most recent Swine-flu, which caused over 12,000 deaths worldwide. The Spanish Flu caused the most virus-related deaths ever-about 20 million world-wide in 1918.
  6. The virus can live on surfaces from 2-8 hours: They live the longest on hard surfaces. Hand sanitizer anyone?!
  7. There are 3 different flu viruses-Influenza A, B and C: Influenza A is the most severe, affecting both humans and birds-it was the cause of H1N1 and more. Influenza B is only found in humans and mutates at a slower rate. Influenza C affects humans, pigs, and dogs and is less common than the other two types.
  8. There are an unknown number of strains: The virus is always mutating; every year there are 3 or 4 strains identified before vaccine development starts.
  9. During the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918, doctors prescribed either shots of whiskey or no alcohol at all: Some doctors recommended drinking half a bottle of wine a day or a glass of port wine after taking a very hot bath. Many people during that time relied on folk remedies, including eating and bathing in onions. In order to prevent the virus, the Colgate company recommended not wearing tight clothes and shoes as well as chewing food carefully.
  10. You can get your diagnosis in as little as 15 minutes: A lot of hospitals and doctor’s offices are using Alere i, which is a device capable of diagnosing the virus in just 15 minutes with a nasal swab. Getting a quick  diagnosis means that treatment can begin in the first 24-48 hours after infection which is when you need it most.
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Fire Hazards In The Home

Photo of a full dryer lint screen to illustrate points about fire hazards in the home.There are many potential fire hazards in the home that may be overlooked even though they pose a real danger. Here are just a few things that should be avoided:

  1. Dirty range hood: Grease builds up in a range hood if it is not cleaned periodically which can lead to a fire.
  2. Dirty towels: Leaving oil soaked towels around can be extremely dangerous. The rags can oxidize and suddenly start a fire. Put rags used from staining furniture or other oil based projects in a water filled metal can and then place a tight lid on it or put the rags outside laying flat to dry.
  3. Home appliance recalls: It’s always vital to stay current on your appliances and be aware of any recalls that may be made. Thousands of house fires are caused every year by faulty appliances.
  4. Dryer lint: Many homeowners know that they should routinely clean out their dryer vent in order to increase the dryer’s efficiency but it also is an important safety issue. Dryer lint is a huge fire hazard and when it’s mixed with heat it can cause a fire. Always clean out the vent screen and make a habit to regularly clean out the dryer vent to prevent fires.
  5. Using electric blankets improperly: Snuggling up with an electric blanket in the middle of winter can be a little luxury but it can also be very dangerous if not used properly. Pets should never lay on top of the blanket and extra blankets shouldn’t be layered over the electric one due to excessive heat build up.
  6. Allowing your laptop to overheat: Leaving a laptop on a bed, pillow, couch, etc. can block air from flowing through the cooling vents causing the computer to get too hot and possibly catch fire.
  7. Not using the correct wattage: It’s super important to use the correct wattage bulb in all light fixtures. Using a 60 watt bulb in a fixture meant for a 40 watt bulb can cause an electrical fire.
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Flu Free Home-How To Make It Happen

This is a person sick with the flu laying in bed and looking miserable.

Having a flu free home may seem almost impossible, but there are some simple things you can do to keep your family healthy this upcoming flu season.

  • Keep shoes off: Germs and viruses can easily be tracked into your home when shoes are worn around the house. Keep your shoes by the door and put on slippers or comfy socks instead.
  • Utilize the dishwasher: Do your children or pets have lot’s of plastic toys? If so, run them through the dishwasher regularly to eliminate most germs. Just be sure that the toys are dishwasher-safe before putting them through the wash.
  • Keep the remote clean: Since remotes are used by all or most people in the home and are frequently used when someone is sick, wipe them down with disinfectant wipes regularly. Many people don’t think to clean their remotes but they are a hot spot for bacteria and viruses.
  • Change out your doorknobs: Did you know that aluminum, copper, iron, lead and silver are all anti-microbial? These materials actually slay germs! Switching out your doorknobs for attractive brass ones may go a long way in keeping nasty flu germs out of your home.
  • Humidify: Did you know that dry air is the perfect playground for viruses? Keeping your home at 40%-60% humidity can lower the amount of air-born flu viruses by 30%! That’s definitely worth the investment in a humidifier!
  • Get a new kitchen sponge: Kitchen sponges are a huge breeding ground for germs. A good rule of thumb is to replace your kitchen sponge every week or you can microwave it for 2 minutes to get rid of most germs.

Try out these simple tips in your home and see if they make a difference in keeping that nasty flu virus out of your home this upcoming flu season!

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