Health Benefits of Plants in the Work Place

Introducing living plants into your work place can actually have a large positive effect on your psychological and physical health.

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Having plants in your work place does more for you than simply providing something pretty and refreshing to look at. Introducing living plants into your work area will actually have a large positive effect on your psychological and physical health by reducing stress, improving the air quality and providing a positive energy to your surroundings. Not only will you feel better while at work, but having plants nearby may also help to motivate you and boost your creativity. Here are a few examples of how plants can have this positive effect in your workspace.

Lower Stress

Having some greens in your work place does a lot for lowering the stress and tension that you might not even realise you have. Many studies have concluded that plants such as a Dragon tree, Bamboo palm, Snake plant, Chinese evergreen or Arrowhead vine can actively reduce your systolic blood pressure, and are even effective in low-lighting or windowless offices. Additionally, plants create positive energy in the office, which increases the attentiveness, motivation, concentration, creativity and efficiency of the workers, resulting in a much more productive work area.

A fresh <a href="">bouquet</a> of <a href="">flowers</a> is also quite effective at keeping people calm and happy, and the pleasant fragrances make us feel relaxed. When strategically placed, plants can physically improve a workspace by creating natural barriers between cubicles that gives workers more privacy and reduces their stress, also helping drown out perpetual office noises that may subconsciously increase anxiety.

Improve General Health

Australians these days spend a significant amount of their lives indoors, which is a problem when you consider that sealed indoor air can house up to 10 times as many pollutants as the air outside. Toxic emissions from building constituents, airborne mould, dust mites, volatile organic compounds – from cleaning supplies, printers and paint – and viruses, are a few of the things floating around in an average office building, and become concentrated due to the lack of air flow in most buildings.

Green and flowering plants naturally clear the air of most toxins, and replace it with the clean, fresh oxygen that we need in order to have healthy, long lives. Some examples of great air filtering plants include the Janet Craig, Spider plants, Sweet Chicos, red edged Dracaenas, peace lilies and kentia palms. Some plants are also more effective at releasing larger amounts of oxygen such as sprouts, snake plants and areca palms.

Prevent Colds and Respiratory Problems

Dry, stale air is a large perpetuator of office colds, coughing, allergies, dry skin and eyes, sore throats and irritated nasal passages that together are known as "sick building syndrome". Leafy plants have been found to increase the humidity of a room by up to 5%, and so are quite effective in soothing our dried-out respiratory systems. The plants that are most effective at relieving us of dry air include English ivy, heart-leaf philodendron, fragrant dracaena, peace lily and African violet.

Not only do plants help us relax on an instinctual and unconscious level, but they also act to physically improve the quality of air we breathe. Most of us spend enough of our time stuck in an office, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let it negatively impact our personal health and happiness.


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