Updated 23 April 2015

Action point

A Norwegian study found that office workers whose spaces had plants (Bamboo palm, Rubber plant,  Peace lily, Florist mum or Gerbera daisy) reported 23 percent fewer complaints of fatigue, stuffy noses, coughing and eye irritation than workers who had no plants nearby.

This is due to their ability to remove airborne chemicals and dust. In fact, in the 1980s, NASA discovered that plants such as these can absorb benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ammonia, among other toxins from the air.

Visit our Allergy Centre to learn more about hay fever and other allergies.


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Mental health & your work »

How open are you about mental illness in the workplace?

Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help

If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips.

Sleep & You »

Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia

6 things that are sabotaging your sleep

Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.