Plants are a force to be reckoned with; they can provide us with food, shelter, fuel, clothing and healing remedies, without asking for much in return. Plants are our friends and as long as they have water and light, they can be very generous.
For centuries, they’ve been used in medicines throughout the world. Ginger, garlic, peppermint, lavender, thyme, chamomile and dandelion have all been recognised for their curative properties, and continue to be used in conventional therapies and homeopathic treatments today. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide, 80% of people still use traditional, plant-based medicines as their main healthcare.
But we don’t have to chop down or chop up a plant for it to provide health benefits. Even though they move little and don’t make much noise, growing plants can be helpful just as they are. In the workplace, the positive effects of potted plants are well-documented – proven to improve absenteeism rates; reduce fatigue, headaches and coughing; and increase employee focus and productivity.
The working environment reaps the rewards too, with reports of dust, bacteria and mould being halved, reducing the instances of irritated eyes by 30%.
With all this news, it’s no wonder that plants at work increase staff happiness by 58%.
If you don’t have a plant in your office, make it your mission to get one (or several) and start improving your business’ health and productivity.
No room? No one to look after them? No excuse! Plants can fit into the most spaces, from a dainty desk Anthurium to a wall full of foliage. This living wall not only provides all of the health benefits of plant life but also adds a stunning feature to any building. What’s more, if you choose a reliable supplier, such as PHS Greenleaf, you won’t have to worry about watering or deadheading – the plants they take care of all that for you.
*based on a recent study into the benefits of plants including Efig – Health and Green Living – Our Perfect Partners