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The humble office plant… It can do wonders for our wellbeing, creativity, productivity and can even make us smarter.

If you fancy enhancing your working environment and generally boosting your daily vibes… Here are the three plants that should grace your desk…

For cleaner air – spider plant
All three plants are excellent at purifying the air but the chlorophytum comosum (or, er, spider plant) is also good for beginners because it’s almost impossible to kill. Place it in a well-drained pot, keep watered regularly in spring and summer but drier in winter and make sure it gets some light. You can then snip off its spiderettes, re-pot and create even more plants for the office.

For a calmer workspace – lavender
Green’s association with nature means it’s often recommended for office colour schemes providing a calming and nurturing backdrop. Green is also an excellent shade for people who work long hours and want to avoid eye strain – unlike other colours we don’t need to change our focus to perceive it.
However, for an instantly placid workspace: choose lavender. Research shows that breathing in its scent produces a slightly calming, sedative effect which helps to alleviate stress and encourage a more restorative sleep. It’s calming just reading about it…

For soothing typing hands – aloe vera
Aloe vera is another hardy plant that doesn’t need constant attention. In summer, just give it a good soak in a well-drained pot and allow it to dry well between waterings. Then transform yourself into the office herbalist by snipping off a piece of aloe and use the cool, clear gel to moisturise keyboard-worn hands and stave off burns from the tea round. And in extreme instances for London – soothe cases of sunburn.

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