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Potted Plants to Fight Indoor Allergies

Bring a Plant to Work Day

If you find yourself sneezing excessively at work, it is not that you're allergic to your job. More than likely you're experiencing chemical sensitivities to some common office items like adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, copy machine chemicals, and cleaning agents. Ordinary things found in offices often emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), like formaldehyde, found in pressed wood, and benzene, found in glues, paints, furniture wax. These VOCs can trigger allergy-like symptoms like sneezing and plain old congestion.

One way to combat this problem is to use an air purifier. Another is to bring a plant to work. According to research done by NASA, plants can help purify the air and absorb some of those volatile toxins. To see the plants that made it into its list of top 10 purifiers,


  1. Areca Palm
  2. Reed Palm
  3. Dwarf Date Palm
  4. Boston Fern
  5. Janet Craig Dracaena
  6. English Ivy
  7. Australian Sword Fern
  8. Peace Lily
  9. Rubber Plant
  10. Weeping Fig

Do you have a plant on your desk at work?


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