According toEntrepreneur, smell is the strongest sense and is best able to affect brain activity. The sense of smell is directly connected to the areas of the brain that process learning and emotions. For some, aromatherapy can even support a healthy blood pressure.
By utilising the power of fragrance, you can take control of your mental and emotional state at work. A study from Takasago (may be biased) found that with citrus oils in the air, 54% fewer typos were made.
Many companies are now introducing aromatherapy as part of their office wellness programs. It can be a great way to de-stress and increase focus in a hectic office environment.
How to use the oils in the office
There are many ways to use essential oils. We have found the ones that are best suited for the office. If you want to read about more ways to use essential oils, you can read our blog about user tips for essential oils.
Aroma diffusers are the easiest way to use essential oils in everyday life. We highly recommend diffusers that are "ultrasonic", and it is important to consider how much diffusing power you are looking for. The rest of the office may not want the scent you use.
To use the diffuser at work, pour the indicated amount of water into your diffuser and use approx. 10 drops of oil per 100 ml of water. Enjoy your favourite fragrance in the office and boost your productivity!
Apply to pulse points
Aromatherapy oils can be mixed with neutral carrier oils and applied to pulse points on the wrist, neck and temples for immediate effects. Do not use pure, undilited essential oils directly on the skin (a term known as neat). You can dilute them in a 5 to 1 solution with water or carrier oil (read more about carrier oils here) to apply the oil safely.
Lotion mixed with essential oils can be massaged onto the skin to add the benefits of the aroma to the air and of the oils to the skin. Remember that essential oils are very strong and it is important to mix the oils with either a lotion or carrier oils if you want to apply it to your skin.
Essential oil spray
Add 10 drops of essential oil in a small spray bottle filled with water and shake vigorously. Spray on your face or body. Be careful not to get essential oil in your eyes, nose or mouth when spraying.
In the ventilation system
If the entire office wants to take advantage of aromatherapy, it is possible to use the ventilation system as a diffuser. Replace the filter on your ventilation system and drip 10-20 drops of oil on the new filter (adjust the quantity to the size of the room and the desired odour spread).
Which oils should you use?
There are many essential oils and all with different properties. We have hand-picked the best oils we know can help you in the office.