Indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore
throats, and other cold related illnesses by more than 30%. Extensive
research already shows that houseplants alleviate stress, help us
relax, and increase our general wellbeing. This study aimed to discover
how far houseplants could benefit our physical and psychological
Office staff, working in offices 10m2, were questioned on their
health, particularly symptoms related to spending a lot of time
indoors and being under stress. After two months without plants,
a range of houseplants were placed in half the offices. After a
year, the plants were swapped to those offices with no plants in.
After another year all staff were questioned on what effect the
plants hah had on their health and well being.
Professional contractors looked after the plants, so any benefits
to the office staff were from looking at the plants and the plants'
effect on the atmosphere and air quality, rather than from nurturing
The results show when staff had plants in their offices, there
was a significant drop of around 25% in tiredness, coughing, sore
throats and cold related illnesses. Eight out of ten stated that
"I feel good when there are plants in the office". Eight
out of ten said "I would like to have more plants in my office
in the future"
Adapted from research by Dr Tove Fjeld of University of Agriculture,
Norway, 1994-1996 for the Flower Council of Holland
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