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Aromatherapy In The Workplace

Posted by Administrator on 6/28/2013 to Aromatherapy
As many of you know, work can create a lot of stress in our lives. This stress can then manifest into physical ailments such as stomach problems, headaches and anxiety. That's why it's important to make your personal work space as comfortable and stress-free as possible. One way to do this is through the use of aromatherapy, which is the use of fragrant aroma oils to help bring about feelings of physical and psychological well-being. The theory behind aromatherapy is that the inhalation of aroma oil fragrances stimulates the area of the brain controlling emotions and memory. Chemicals in the brain are then released, helping a person feel more calm, relaxed or energized.

Which Scents to Use

Sandalwood aroma oil is an excellent oil for the relief of stress and anxiety. This light, sweet scent calms the mind and helps clear the thought processes.

Neroli aroma oil soothes away nervousness and anger, and can help lift feelings of depression. It's also known to improve concentration and reduce mental fatigue.

Ylang-Ylang aroma oil is also good for soothing stressed out nerves. It can help foster feelings of security, minimize anger and relieve nervous tension.

Frankincense aroma oil is a very centering oil that revitalizes the mind and eases anxiety.

Lavender aroma oil reduces anxiety and helps induce feelings of peace and tranquility.

Lemon aroma oil is a very refreshing and uplifting oil. It can also calm fears and ease tension.

Peppermint aroma oil relieves mental fatigue, increases concentration and helps clear the thought processes.

Tangerine aroma oil is very uplifting to the spirit, and helps prevent energy loss as the day goes on.

Rosemary aroma oil can help fight off fatigue, improve memory and gives the immune system a boost.

Geranium aroma oil helps clear away confusion, and soothe frayed nerves. Like rosemary, geranium is also good for the immune system.

Basil oil aroma oil is good for improving memory, fighting off fatigue and clearing the atmosphere of negativity.

How to Use your Essential Oils

There are several ways you can use aromatherapy in your workplace, with one being the use of a diffuser. There are many different types of diffusers, some of the most common being candle and electric heat diffusers. However, because of the heat or flame element, they may not be allowed in your workplace. Alternatives would be either a fan, or a clay pot diffuser. With fan diffusers, the aroma oil is put in a tray or on a disposable pad. The fan element blows across the pad and scent is dispersed through the room. With clay pot diffusers, the aroma oil is poured through an opening, the oil permeates the porous pot and scent is then diffused through the room.

If you can't use a diffuser you may instead use one of two simple aromatherapy methods. One is to simply apply a drop or two of your favorite aroma oil to a tissue or handkerchief. Then you can take a whiff of the scent whenever you feel the need.

The other option is to add distilled water and aroma oil to a small spray water bottle. Shake well to mix, then give one or two quick sprays near you whenever it's needed. Be sure to only use a small amount of oil; 20 drops per 4 ounces of water will do the trick. While the right amount of aroma oils can help relieve stress and boost the mood, an excessive amount can lead to irritated nasal passages, nausea or headaches. For this reason use only the recommended amount of your aroma oils.

Aromatherapy has been proven to provide beneficial results in the workplace. For example, the Tokyo Stock Exchange diffuses peppermint oil into the air late in the day to help stock brokers feel mentally invigorated. Studies have also shown that workers in rooms where aromatherapy was used, tended to perform better than in those working in unscented rooms. By incorporating aromatherapy into your workplace, you can help your work day be a more relaxing, focused and centered experience.

Disclaimer and Warnings

The information included in this article is not meant to replace the care of a qualified doctor or other health care provider. Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin, as this can cause irritation. If you are pregnant, have a chronic illness, allergies or other medical problems, consult with your doctor before using essential oils. Never take essential oils internally without first consulting with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.