Office Health – Bring Nature (Plants) to You!

Office Health – Bring Nature (Plants) to You!

Sunday, 12 June 2011 12:08

Bring Nature to You:

Ever noticed that by the end of the week, you just want to ‘get out of your stuffy office’ and ‘get some fresh air’/get back near Nature? One of the best ways to avoid that feeling as well as to improve your mood, workplace productivity, energy levels & resistance to illness is to bring Nature to you.

A study by Professor Margaret Burchett, of the University of Technology, Sydney, found that potplants can reduce air toxins by as much as 20%. A study on houseplants has shown they reduce, fatigue, sore throats & cold symptoms by over 30%. What about at work? Studies in Europe have shown potplants in the office can reduce ‘sick leave’ by 60%.

Plants not only give a bit of ‘life’ & colour to our sometimes ‘over-business like’ office environments; they can literally help reduce stress, offset the various toxic emissions from things like computers, mobile phone radiation, synthetic carpets, paints etc, increase mood and productivity & reduce absenteeism.

Offset The Harmful Effects of Computers:

Having a plant near your computer helps counteract the hot, solar energy of the computer plants are nourishing & cooling in nature & provide balancing ‘lunar’ energy. Plants are also able to absorb pollutants from the air, making it cleaner and more pure. It is estimated that indoor air is 5-10 times more polluted than outdoor air – plants purify toxins and in return give us fresh oxygen (considering we need fresh oxygen for high energy & clear thinking, that’s not a bad deal).

Put More Plants in your Office & One on your Desk

* Suggestions Include:
Kentia Palms – go well with generally neglect if you don’t have a green thumb! like me!
Small Ferns
Peace Lily – one of the best air purifiers (removes many VOC’s) & looks nice
Spider plants – removes carbon monoxide & easy to look after
* all the above are good choices as they are up with the best for air purification, as well as being visually pleasing and ‘low maintenance’.
** Flowers are great too – unfortunately no recommendations here – sorry mum, I know you tried!

Final Notes:

1. When we talk about plants we don’t mean ‘those sort of plants’! * If you want to grow some dope…plant a man.
2. Speaking of flowers.

A man walks into a flower shop and says “l’d like some flowers please”
Shop assistant – “Certainly sir, what did u have in mind”
Man – “Er well I, er , I’m not sure, I , er…”
Shop assistant – “Perhaps I could help. Precisely what have you done?”

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.