Working remotely during lockdown? With the rise of freelance work in the UK we uncover 10 plants to improve wellbeing and productivity for a home office.
While the health benefits of plant-based diets are well documented, new research uncovers the lesser-known uses of the nature around us. The UK’s leading online florist, Serenata Flowers, has identified 10 plants that are more than just a pretty face, as they possess qualities that can actually improve our health and wellbeing as well as increase productivity – the perfect additions to your home office setup:
Plants to Increase productivity for a home office
Having plants in the office has been found to increase worker productivity by 15%. Not only are they found to reduce stress and fatigue whilst aiding memory retention, they also regulate humidity and reduce carbon dioxide, both of which help employees remain energised. Bamboo Palm is known for its ability to fight indoor air pollution, promoting clear-thinking and easy breathing. Another top home office plant is Golden Pothos which removes air toxins and absorbs unpleasant smells – the perfect plant to keep by the fridge!
Plants to help you sleep & recharge
Not getting enough sleep can have a huge impact on the quality of your work and your ability to problem solve. Whether you struggle to drift off or are easily disturbed in the night, keeping a potted Aloe Vera plant beside your bed could help you see the night through, as it produces oxygen at night to combat insomnia and improve overall sleep quality. Jasmine flower is also believed to reduce anxiety levels which in turn will help you drift off to sleep, and the gentle scent will keep you in a deep sleep throughout the night.
Plants to reduce anxiety during lockdown
Mental health is a big topic of discussion at the moment and it’s important to take time for self-care. An easy way to improve your mood and help reduce anxiety whilst working from home is to fill your home office space with plants. Lavender is known for its stress-relieving qualities – it slows down the heart rate and lowers blood pressure to greatly reduce stress. This is why its scent can often be found in lotions and sprays. Snake Plant is also believed to reduce anxiety, improve respiratory problems and cure the symptoms of a headache.
Naturally clean the air in your home office
Removing harmful toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene will keep you happy and healthy. Rubber Plant and Peace Lilies are both incredibly effective at purifying the air around you. Rubber Plants are great for removing harmful toxins, particularly formaldehyde, and these plants become more efficient at cleaning the air as time goes on. Peace Lilies are also believed to improve air quality by as much as 60 per cent and true to their name, bring with them a sense of peace and relaxation which will help you remain focused whilst working remotely.
Repel insects & bugs in your home office
Mint and Basil can be used to keep creepy crawlies and unwanted pests at bay. Mint is known to repel lots of insects including mosquitoes due to its strong smell – it can even keep mice away. Another great insect repellent is Basil, which can be planted around doors and windows to keep bugs from entering your office space.
Lucia Polla, marketing manager at Serenata Flowers, comments: “Clearly, we should be bringing more plants into our home offices.
“These days we tend to keep plants and flowers around as decoration or to take advantage of their lovely scent, but this research is a nice reminder of the wonderful ways in which plants can actually benefit our health and happiness. Perhaps when we’re feeling a bit run-down the garden should be our first port of call.”
To find out more about Serenata Flowers, visit: www.serenataflowers.com
Top 10 Plants for Home Office Decor & Their Uses
Increase productivity for remote & freelancers:
Help you sleep after a long day working from home:
Reduce anxiety while working remotely:
Clean the air naturally at home:
Repel insects and bugs in your home office or workspace: