The Best Plants For A Healthy Office

You have plants in your house, but what about your office? These six air cleaners and mood lifters will thrive in a variety of conditions.

March 20, 2017
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When you're at work, you need a mind-body tag team: a fragrant shrub to stimulate your brain and a leafy plant to scrub your office air (which can be five times more polluted than the air outside).

Finding the right foliage for you depends on a number of factors, however, including the amount of sunlight in the room and the color of your thumb. Clear your head (and the air) with this guide from James Dillard, MD, an integrative medicine physician in New York City, and Bill Wolverton, PhD, the author of Plants: Why You Can't Live Without Them.

Areca Palm
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Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Benefit
Cleans the air

Light
Direct

Care
Moderate

Thanks to its huge fronds (which can reach 6 feet in height and feature 60 leaflets), this palm is especially effective at filtering airborne particles.

Peppermint
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Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

Benefit
Stimulates your brain

Light
Direct

Care
Easy

Sniffing mint can increase your alertness and enhance your memory, according to a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience. Bonus: It can also help suppress your appetite.

English Ivy
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English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Benefit
Cleans the air

Light
Indirect

Care
Easy

Tests at the University of Georgia show that English ivy is particularly efficient at absorbing volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, airborne pollutants spewed by computers and office machinery, which cause headaches and nausea.

Lemon Balm
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Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis )

Benefit
Stimulates your brain

Light
Indirect

Care
Easy

Researchers at Ohio State University found that the scent of lemon improved people's moods and raised their levels of norepinephrine, a brain chemical linked to mood and behavior.

Golden Pothos
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Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Benefit
Cleans the air

Light
Indirect

Care
Easy

This hardy vine reduces indoor ozone, Penn State researchers found. Exposure to even low ozone levels, like those emitted by printers and copiers, can cause chest pain and throat irritation.

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Gardenia (Gardenia augusta)

Benefit
Stimulates your brain

Light
Direct

Care
Moderate

It's like a long-acting antidepressant. A gardenia can live for 25 years, and every time you smell its flowers, your emotional outlook improves, according to research from Rutgers.

The article Best Plants for a Healthy Office originally appeared on Rodale Wellness.

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