March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and St. Patrick’s Day is March 17. In this month’s issue of Jensen’s Healthy Home News you’ll find plenty of green—like some ideas for celebrating the holiday, some interesting background on Irish author C.S. Lewis (“Chronicles of Narnia”), cool facts about greenery for your home that can also help keep you healthy, and lots more. As always, the downloadable issue of Jensen’s Healthy Home News includes the Mega Trivia Question—the first six people who call with the correct answer will win a $15 gift certificate to 1951 West.  Here are some highlights:

 

Jensens Healthy Home News

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish-American Heritage Month is celebrated by proclamation of the President and Congress in the United States to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. It’s a fitting month considering it holds the Irish national holiday that Americans love to celebrate, St. Patrick’s Day.

Here are some fun ways to honor Irish-American heritage outside the realm of shamrocks and wearing green:

  • Rent “Far and Away,” the 1992 flick starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. It’s a good story of Irish-Americans seeking a better life and land of their own in the US.
  • Bake some Irish Soda bread. Nothing beats the smell of homemade fresh bread, and a loaf of Irish Soda Bread has a mild sweetness. For a good recipe check out the Barefoot Contessa’s Irish Soda Bread recipe – www.FoodNetwork.com.
  • And finally, some will pay homage to the Irish-American by throwing back a pint or two. Most local craft breweries will have an Irish-influenced beer for March. Grab one with a friend, or if you don’t drink alcohol, grab an Irish Cream Soda. There really is something for everyone who wants to celebrate Irish-American heritage.

 

Joel Jensen

Quote for March

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”
– C.S. Lewis

(Download the complete version of Jensen’s Healthy Home News to read more about author C.S. Lewis.)

 

 

 

Peace Lily

Have you been stuck inside this winter?

Discover the all natural, affordable way to clean the air in your home!

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and today we spend about 90 percent of our time in our sealed-up homes!

Pollutants indoors are 1,000 times more likely to reach your lungs than pollutants outdoors. Many homes have 25 to 100 times more pollutants in them than polluted outdoor air. Both biological (molds, bacteria, viruses, pet dander etc.) and chemical pollutants are polluting our indoor air.

The bad effects on our health can range from mild irritations to our eyes and throat…to lifelong allergies, asthma, even cancers. Just reading that makes us want to run out and buy an expensive air filtration system for our homes! But did you know there is a natural, inexpensive way for you to have clean indoor air?

This information was found on Wikipedia under the subject of “air-filtering plants.” It’s a list compiled by NASA as part of a study they did to research ways to clean the air in space stations – you probably can’t find air any more stagnate than that! These plants not only absorb carbon dioxide and release clean oxygen, but they can eliminate harmful carcinogens found in polluted indoor air like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. There were 18 plants listed in the study, but we only have room to tell you about ten of them:

  1. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  2. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comsosum)
  3. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”)
  4. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)
  5. Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
  6. Snake Plant or “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue” (Sansevieria trifasciata “Laurentii”)
  7. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
  8. Elephant Ear Philodendron (Philodendton domesticum)
  9. Gerbera Daisy or Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  10. Pot Mum or Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

Most of these plants can thrive on low sunlight and NASA’s recommendation for clean air was 15-18 good-sized houseplants in 6–8-inch diameter containers for an 1800 square foot home.
Why all this information from your carpet cleaner? We’re obsessed with a healthy, clean home and your carpet acts as a filter forpollutants. If it’s been 6-12 months since you had your carpets professionally cleaned then that filter is full and you need to call us! (Click on the “MONTHLY SPECIAL” button for our March offer–$20 OFF carpet cleaning!)