In our previous post we took a look at which flowers and plants are good for your health. We found out that we can counteract office stress thanks to the aromatherapy released naturally by some scented plants. Today we will see how some plants also help to clean the air of our work environment.
Plants that purify the air
Some green plants like Dracaena, Fern and Aloe have special leaves that absorb and retain toxic chemicals produced by traffic and various sources of indoor and outdoor pollution. These plants are able to absorb carbon monoxide and even cigarette smoke.
These plants’ ability to purify the air also depends greatly on their soil. If cyclically renewed, the soil in the vases that host our plants acts as a sponge, absorbing the chemicals from the air and even eliminating odours.
Today, many hospitals use greenhouses to create therapeutic environments accessible to patients, even decorating rooms and corridors with plants. Some schools have also begun to use plants to oxygenate classrooms that are overcrowded and closed for long periods of time, finding that students’ attention spans improve. How can we leverage plant properties in the office?