According to researchers, having more plants in your workplace and around your workstation will serve as an immune-booster, stress-buster and bring down sick leaves.
People who work in offices within concrete jungles, specifically in high-reaching office buildings are aware that they are very vulnerable to disease and its spread. However, this predicament is generally related to poor aeration, chemical air purifiers and disinfectants used in offices and even furniture polish or paint can result in a variety of health issues.
Researchers say that the resolution might be as easy as investing in a few plants that can help in detoxifying the atmosphere of harmful chemicals. Researchers, Eddie Van Etten and Pierre Horwitz, who have written for ‘The Conversation’, which is an independent source of news and views from the intellectual and research fraternity, say, “One excellent way to combat both, sick days and stress is by filling your office with plants”.
The researchers also state that practicing this can purify the environment of toxic elements from office fixtures and furniture such as, formaldehyde, benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene and also ammonia.
Although offices offer very fertile havens to breed bacteria that helps spread of viruses, Etten and Horwitz assert that bacteria that are associated with greenery and vegetation proves good for your health. These are known as beneficial bacteria.
They said, “Beneficial bacteria on indoor plants and embedded within the soil are an important additive to the office, to streamline the ecosystem of the artificial atmosphere. Plant bacteria are also likely to prevent the outbreak of pathogens”.
The base of these conclusions is a study conducted by NASA, which discovered that placing certain plants within homes keeps the doctor away!