Decorating your cubicle with plants is an excellent way to liven up your workspace. But do you know that apart from adding color, plants also boost your revenue? Most people spend a large part of their lifespan in offices. It is said that poor quality indoor air can lead to health problems like headaches, eye fatigue, throat irritation and asthma. Plants in workplaces can change many such things. Plants are also said to lower blood pressure, heal patients faster, and improve sleep and mental health. Having plants in the office has been shown to improve air quality, increase attention span, improve creativity, lower stress and stabilize mood. Having plants can reduce cold and cough, and so, indirectly it also decreases absenteeism and increases productivity. Studies have shown that plants in the office space increase productivity by 20-45%. Studies also suggest that plants offer a visually meditative effect to the workspace, leading to happier and healthier employees who are more productive. US space research agency NASA spent two years testing house plants and came up with a list of such plants which can improve indoor air quality. Here are the 6 such air purifying plants.
In the NASA research, this plant was an air-purifying champion, removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. Popular and inexpensive at garden stores they also beautify when bloom.
Spider plants are among the easiest houseplants to grow that remove formaldehyde and xylene, making them a great choice for beginners or forgetful owners. A fan of bright, indirect sunlight, spider plants will send out shoots with flowers that eventually grow into baby spider plants or spiderettes.
There are more than 40 different kinds of Dracaena plants, making it easy to find one that’s a perfect fit for your home or office. They're common foliage plants with long, wide leaves that are often variegated with lines of white, cream, or red.
Peace lily plants are relatively small compared to many of the plants on this list, but they still pack some major air-cleaning abilities. Easy to grow, these plants will flower for much of the summer and remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from air.
In addition to being easy to care for, aloe makes some serious health claims. The plant's leaves contain a clear liquid full of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and other compounds that have wound-healing, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, and there is some evidence that aloe may help skin conditions like psoriasis. The plant is also champion in removing formaldehyde from air.
For those with a big office, the bamboo palm plant may be the perfect indoor plant. They require very little light and grow at an incredibly fast rate. This plant has long stems and large leaves to help add some bright greenery to any office environment. For a smaller option, try Lucky Bamboo. This smaller plant looks just like bamboo but is actually a member of the lily family. It loves to grow in small dishes of water on the work desk and clean air off benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.From the Web