Over the last few years the aromatherapy of one's surroundings has become something to be taken into consideration by companies in terms of work psychology, the prevention of work-related illnesses and activity.
Essential oils do not only protect us from infectious diseases; it has been shown that they can also affect the efficiency of workers. They not only feel better in general, but are able to think more clearly and positively and even react with more intuition.
In order to create a comfortable and supportive environment in the workplace it is important to select the right essential oils.
More relaxing oils such as lavender and chamomile may be added to the aroma diffuser to help decrease tension and stress or before finishing time to allow the body to begin to wind down and let go before going home.
But for the main part of the day, the best oils to choose will be the more stimulating and energizing oils.
A few drops of a single oil or 3 to 5 oils in combination can be very helpful in creating an environment of creativity, purpose and concentration.
Of course care must be taken if someone is allergic to certain aromas, but generally, where there is good ventilation, diffusing essential oils can work wonders.
For mental clarity and mental stimulation, the best oils to diffuse either in combination or singly are: rosemary, peppermint, lemon, basil and cypress. These oils help with fatigue, forgetfulness,and lack of focus.
For office stress the best oils are: geranium, pine, lavander, rosewood, elemi, sandalwood and grapefruit. These oils are great balancers, allowing you to center and ground without getting spacey and unfocused or sleepy.
For building self-confidence and a sense of self worth in the office, the best oils to diffuse are: frankincense, cedarwood, ylang ylang and neroli.
Inspirational oils, tha thelp bring about ‘bright ideas’ and enhance performance are: frankincense,rosemary, sandalwood, elemi, black pepper and neroli.
Orange and peppermint can also be considered great oils for boosting creativity and help when there are mental blocks and problems with lack of focus or direction with a project.
For cleansing and detoxifying the work area of germs, the best oils are tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender ,lemon, juniper and cedarwood.
If you diffuse these oils in the workplace you cut down airborne bacteria that tend to get cycled round in the air conditioning.
In light of the evidence, the UK branch of Japanese construction company Shimizunow uses scented diffusers to create a productive work environment, as well as creating new buildings with specially designed air ducts for aromatherapy purposes.
In its own offices, Shimizu greets workers with a lemon-scented wake-up call, followed by rose fragrance to encourage contentment. The company then combats the post-lunch slump with invigorating cypress smells, and it fills conference rooms with peppermint odors to keep workers alert in meetings.
With many organizations looking to improve the working environment, aromatherapy could be a useful motivational tool.