Aromatherapy at Work

We spend so much of our time at work, it would be nice if we could make the workplace a nicer place to be by adding aromatherapy. It’s not such a strange idea – here are a few ways you can use essential oils to change your mood while you work.

When you’re feeling stressed

It’s Friday morning, you’re on a deadline and nobody has given you the information you need on time to get the report finished by lunchtime. You are stressed to the max so rather than a coffee, a chocolate bar or a cigarette break, what you need is calm.

Try to slip away for just five minutes, outside if you can but if not, the ladies/gents or staff room will do. You need cedarwood, geranium, sandalwood, Melissa or rosewood essential oil, in a bottle or even a soaked tissue…breathe it in deeply. You can also use chamomile or lavender for stressful situations but these aren’t so good if you want to concentrate as they can have a soporific effect too. If you absolutely can’t leave your desk, keep a bottle of pre-mixed essential oil in your desk drawer for a quick sniff when you need it.

If you need perking up

It’s the 3pm slump and it’s making it very hard for you to concentrate. Although you really need a nap, you know you have work to do, so get some mental clarity with a quick pep-up from rosemary, peppermint, lemon, basil, ginger or cypress oils. If there’s a way you can diffuse it at your desk, that’s the best way to get the full effect. Otherwise, keep an inhaler handy and take regular deep sniffs of your oil. Get up and do a quick stretch, grab a cold cup of water and get back to work.

When you’re looking for inspiration

Best for a Monday morning when you really don’t want to be at work. Uplift and inspire yourself with a diffuser, inhaler or spray loaded with a zingy citrus oil like lemon, orange, mandarin, lime, grapefruit or bergamot. If it’s creative inspiration you’re lacking, opt for a good long sniff of neroli, sweet orange or cardamom.

There’s a bug going around the office

You really don’t want to get the office cold but with air-con and so many people around you wonder if it’s inevitable. You could reduce your chances (although we can’t promise anything) with an essential oil diffuser or a spray that zaps airborne bacteria. The best options for keeping bugs at bay are tea tree, thyme, lemongrass and juniper berry. They can also be used to wipe down your desk, keyboard or phone to rid them of germs.

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