The potted plants to have by your desk, for those looking to get productive at the office.
Research shows that office workers tend to be more efficient when working with plants by their desks. The question, of course, is then which plants to choose?
For those looking to create an environment that is at once calming, and productivity-inducing, we recommend these three key potted companions, each with its own qualities to suit the varied needs of modern-day office execs.
If you want to feel less stressed at work.
Covered with white flowers, the Jasmine is not only aesthetically charming, but also allegedly lowers anxiety and stress. If you’re looking for a fresh, simple plant to spruce up your space, you may want to invest in this unique tree — research has shown that the jasmine fragrance could affect nerve cells and stimulate rest. Frequently used in aromatherapy, jasmine essential oil is recommended for promoting sleep and relaxation. Other potted plants that may help lower your stress levels include lavender, basil, mint, and Areca palm trees for larger offices.
If you spend a lot of time staring at screens.
Adopting an aloe vera plant for your desk could help counter the harmful effects of electromagnetic waves from computers, televisions and smartphones. Note that this tropical species loves light and sunshine, so make sure your office space is suitable. Moreover, aloe is a depolluting plant, reportedly absorbing 90% of formaldehyde in the air. Some people choose to grow aloe in their bedroom to help prevent insomnia.
If you need some fresh air.
Known as mother-in-law’s tongue or sansevieria, the Snake Plant is an easy-to-look after house plant from Africa. It is liked for its air-purifying qualities, filtering chemicals, helping to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from your house and office. Generally speaking, perennial plants are good choices for removing air pollutants and thus helping reduce headaches. Sansevieria does well in both bright and low-light areas.
This story was first published via AFP Relaxnews.