How Corporate Plant Gifting can Improve Employee Health

Plants are great corporate gifts for a few reasons: they are universally liked, they provide decoration for the home or office without any hassle, and you can make it personalized to the individual. Plant gifts for businesses are great for multiple situations, whether celebrating a new hire, birthdays, events, or to thank your organization for their hard work. In fact, plant gifting has gained popularity in the business sphere due to plants’ abilities to improve the health of recipients.  


Plants provide physical health boosts due to their air purification properties, especially in cities with bigger pollution issues. Studies have also found that green gifts can provide mental health benefits such as lessening anxiety. Taking care of plants has even shown to provide great stress-relief for those tending to them. With all of the stress within the last year, corporate plant gifts are great for employees whether they are coming back into the office or continuing to work remotely.  Not only do green gifts show that you care, but they help your employees live healthier lives! 


Physical Health Benefits of Plant Gifts

Plants offer surprising advantages to us when we keep them around, such as purified air! While a handful of plants won’t purify the air as well as an expensive modern biofilter, they can certainly help assist with phytoremediation (or cleaning gross stuff out of the air)! The most commonly referenced study in relation to this is when NASA was looking for ways to improve the quality of air in a spaceship.


During their study, NASA certainly saw some plants filter the air better than others. Some plants that had big impacts included the Barberton Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii), the Variegated Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'), and the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’). This little bit of extra filtration can potentially help catch allergens in the air and lessen allergies, as long as they are not pollinators themselves. By giving plants as an employee gift for their office, you are helping improve the office air quality.


Some studies have also shown that plants can increase the humidity in the air through a process called transpiration. The plants that have shown to be best at this include the Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens), the Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa), Peace Lilies, and Spider Plants (Chlorophytum Comosum). Dry air can often cause problems like dry skin, dry sinuses, and worsened allergies. 


On top of their air quality improvement benefits, plants also can have directly applicable health benefits as well. Aloe Vera is extremely well known as a plant that has healing properties, especially with treating burns and healing wounds. It has become more popular as a superfood as well with antioxidant benefits. Many herbs such as Rosemary are known not only for their amazing flavor but for their anti-inflammatory capabilities and memory performance boosting qualities. 


Having even a couple of corporate plants in your office can help it feel less stuffy. Plants may not replace modern-day HVAC filters, but they certainly can help a small office by contributing to the air quality and humidity!


Mental Health Benefits of Plant Gifts

As much as plants provide better quality air for us, they influence us even more in the form of mental health boosts! Studies have shown amazing results for how plants can not only reduce our stress, but also help relieve anxiety and depression. Having green friends in our homes and offices not only help brighten up the room, but our moods too! This is partially why plants have seen growing popularity as corporate thank you gifts as employees come out of the last stressful year.


Stress Relief

Studies have long found that having plants in your space and caring for them can lead to reduced stress. One Japanese study published in HortTechnology showed that taking a moment to enjoy nearby greenery can reduce psychological and physiological stress in the office, a strong case for company plant practices. Another study from the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found something similar, that interacting with plants has positive physiological effects on the autonomic nervous system. From the Journal of Health Psychology, a study found that gardening promotes neuroendocrine and affective restoration from stress.


Decreasing stress can have a big impact on overall mental health. By taking care of plants and taking time to enjoy greenery, we can help combat the effects of anxiety and depression. While plants are certainly not a cure for any condition, they can help brighten up your space and remind you to practice self-care and take a deep breath. Plants not only make a unique corporate gift, but can help employees reduce their stress and brighten up their offices!


Aromatherapy

The practice of aromatherapy is widely used to help manage things like chronic pain, depression, insomnia, and anxiety. Rosemary essential oil is often used to help improve brain function and concentration. It may work as a mild pain reliever, and may increase circulation. On top of these benefits, the scent of rosemary can help naturally reduce stress. Another great example for aromatherapy is the Jasmine plant, which has been used for insomnia treatment and can help reduce stress.


Gifting plants to coworkers or employees can help decrease stress in their busy lives. By having a green companion to take care of and focus on, workplace and personal stress can be relieved. On top of that, the added decor to a home can improve moods alone! Picking a plant that has colorful leaves or blooms can help brighten up a room, and hopefully the life of the recipient. These elements also make plant gifts for clients a popular pick as well!


Plant Gift Suggestions

Now that you have learned about all of the great health reasons you should pick a plant as your next corporate gift, it is time to pick what you want to give! One of the best things about corporate plant gifting is that you have so many options to choose from. At Lively Root, there are many ways you can make gifts to employees special. Our plant kits include care cards, personal messages, and customizable branding to make them a unique corporate gift. We have provided some plant ideas here based on the health benefits we covered in this article:

Variegated Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii') - Beyond being a great air purifier, snake plants are extremely durable and great for beginners. They are easy to care for, prefer medium light but can survive in more extreme circumstances, and don't need a lot of water. Snake plants are a popular pick due to their interesting upward growth.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) - These flowers are great at both purifying the air and adding some moisture to it in the process! They prefer partial shade and only need a little bit of water, leading them to be easy to care for. Peace Lilies are symbols of peace and sympathy due to their beautiful white flowers. 


Areca Palm (Dypsis Lutescens) - A great air humidifier, the Areca Palm grows tall and has beautiful arching fronds. In fact, the plant can reach 65 feet, and the leaves can reach out to 6 feet! These palms are often used in Feng Shui, symbolizing abundance and success within the household. These plants prefer medium light, but are generally easy to care for!


Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa) - Lady Palms are great humidifiers, and grows unique fan-shaped fronds. It is a popular indoor plant due to its general low maintenance needs, but it also can thrive outdoors in many zones, specifically those between 8b and 12. It is known to have medicinal properties, as the bark has been used to stop bleeding in external applications, and the roots and bark have been used in medicine for hundreds of years. 


Spider Plants (Chlorophytum Comosum) - One of the best air purifying and humidifying plants, spider plants’ lime green and yellow variegated leaves brighten up any room. These plants prefer medium light and medium watering amounts, and do best in moderate humidity. If you can reach those needs, spider plants are generally easy to care for. 


Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) - Aloe Vera is renowned for its medicinal properties, specifically for treating external burns and wounds. Recently it has also been gaining popularity as a superfood due to its antioxidant traits. Aloe Vera makes for a great corporate succulent option that is easy to care for!


Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - Rosemary is a beautiful herb that is delicious as a meal additive. The oils of this plant have been used to improve cognitive function and relieve stress. The plant is hardy, and eventually sprouts beautiful blue flowers. 


Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum Jasminoides) - If you are looking for a trellising plant, Star Jasmine is a great option. These plants often grow 6 feet in a single season, and grow white star-like flowers often between May and June. These flowers have been used in aromatherapy to treat insomnia and stress.