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Plants aren’t only good for giving your offices, living rooms and bedrooms an aesthetic spruce of life, they’re also living organisms that interact with your body in ways that enhance your quality of life! Even though we don’t notice it, under our noses plants are helping to create the environment around you a better place psychologically, physically and mentally. Here are some key facts about why plants at work and home are good for you.

Plants purify the air

Plants have large surface areas and naturally absorb VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and air pollutants around us through their leaves and roots which in turn helps to improve the conditions around you such as.

  • They help to reduce carbon dioxide
  • They keep the air temperature down
  • They reduce airborne dust levels

Some of the best plants for purifying indoor air are spider plants, English ivy, Japanese Royal Plants, aloe vera and peace lilies.

Plants have psychological value

It might sound strange, but plants have strong spiritual and psychological link to us. Looking after the plants and growing them can relieve everyday stress. Additionally, the process of growing a plant can build in a sense of responsibility. Some studies have found that growing plants is one of the ways to improve mental well-being at any age.

Plants increase productivity

Plenty of studies have demonstrated the direct ‘influence of plants’. How it boosts productivity, improves concentration and memory. According to a study of University of Michigan, plants can increase memory retention by 20 percent. Simultaneously, Norwegian studies shows that workers productivity elevate in the presence of plants. “Keeping ornamental plants in the home and in the workplace increases memory retention and concentration,” says Texas A&M. “Work performed under the natural influence of ornamental plants is normally of higher quality and completed with a much higher accuracy rate than work done in environments devoid of nature.”

Best plants for your desk

Choosing the right plant is not always an easy decision, especially when you’re not a plant guru and can only make a choice on looks alone. Here is a selection of the best plants to introduce to your work desk:

  • Devil’s Ivy – easy to care for and adapts to a number of different office environments (e.g. low-light to bright lights)
  • Bromeliads – low maintenance and a beautiful piece with vibrant red colours
  • Cacti – this one is incredibly easy to look after with little-to-no water required, just make sure you give it a bit of light
  • Dracaena – bursting with colourful leaves and can survive in some of the harshest conditions meaning it should last you a long time

Herbs to help your focus, clarity and drive

The modern busy lifestyle of juggling work, family and relationships means that our exposure to so called ‘stress’ is high, affecting our inherent focus, clarity and drive.

Just as we need to support our body to make it strong and resilient, we also need to support our mind. Awareness, consciousness and experience all contribute towards how the mind learns, processes and reacts.

In Ayurveda, India’s ancient health system, an individual’s sense of consciousness is known as ‘buddhi’ and it is this that helps us to determine and discriminate, ultimately manifesting in our actions and state of awareness.

It’s likened to a mirror that can ‘reflect’ the truth and help guide us to our true ‘Buddha’ nature. Ashwagandha and tulsi ( or holy basil) are two key herbs in Ayurveda that can help build resistance to stress and enhance the mind.

Ashwagandha for the body and mind


In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is known as a ‘rasayana’ meaning a rejuvenative. Rasayanas enhance both the quality and quantity of life, nourish the mind and enhance vigour; a truly superior rejuvenative tonic to the whole body and mind.

Interestingly the Sanskrit word ‘ashwagandha’ is translated as ‘the smell of a horse’ which reflects its ability to bring you the essence of a horse; strength, stamina and focus.

Tulsi to wash away the blues

Tulsi is a very special plant. For thousands of years it has been worshipped by Hindus, who consider it to be an avatar of the Goddess Laxmi. Many Indian villages dedicate shrines to the plant and also use its bark to make meditation beads.

Tulsi supports emotional wellbeing and eliminates the ‘blues’. It brings mental clarity whilst also relaxing the nervous system, clearing mental fog and calming a racing mind. It restores adrenal glands which have become exhausted by trauma, depression or anxiety through modulating our internal stress response. A truly clarifying herb.

At a Glance

Phytonutrients is the name for a group of chemical compounds found in fruit and vegetables, each with a different blend of health properties.

Phytonutrients are commonly found in greatest concentrations just under the skin of fruit and vegetables – don’t peel produce unless it’s essential

Health benefits of phytonutrients include reducing cell damage from free radical chemicals, cell and DNA repair, protecting eye health and decreased risk of many serious diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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