How does your office smell? This is an important question office managers need to ask when considering how productive their employees are at work.
Office Aromatherapy to Boost Productivity
Anyone making business interior decisions should be conscious of how the office smells, as well as how it feels and looks. Research shows that our sense of smell is deeply connected to brain activity, including our memory and our mood. The right aromatherapy for your office environment can promote a productive and healthy work environment. Certain scents can help decrease stress, stimulate creativity, energize the body, stabilize emotions, and improve physical health.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy uses plant materials and aromatic plant oils, including essential oils, and other aromatic compounds for the purpose of altering one’s mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being 
“Essential oils have anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and using them in an environment where there are a lot of people can help to keep germs at bay,” says [Beverly] Hawkins, Owner of the Vancouver-based West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy. Inhaling essential oils activates the hypothalamus – the area of the brain that sends messages to other parts of the body.
Aromatherapy to boost your business
Here are some tips on how to amplify your brand and heighten the experience through the sense of smell! Build the culture within your organization, and create a healthy and productive workplace for your employees.
Scent is the sense closest linked to memory. Studies have shown that people can remember a scent with 65% accuracy after one year while visual memory sinks to 50% after only a few months. 
Do you want a high energy culture?
Black Pepper, Lemon, Bergamot, Peppermint are scents that stimulate the mind, improves energy and creates a feeling of happiness and self-confidence.
Research was done to see how aromatherapy effected people while they performed three clerical tests: Typing, memorization, and alphabetization. Participants showed significant improvement on their tasks when exposed to the smell of peppermint. They also reported that they were more energized. 
Do you have a high-stress environment? Does productivity and accuracy improve when your employees are calm and focused?
Consider the scent of Frankincense, Clary Sage, Lavender, Cinnamon, Chamomile, and Patchouli. These fragrant smells help reduce anxiety, stabilize emotions, slow a racing mind, and revitalize the body & mind.
Do you have mixed workspaces at your office?
In a modern office environment where there are mixed workspaces, a combination of scents could be used. Some open areas where there is a need to collaborate may benefit from a high-energy scent. In a conference room, training room, or meeting room, choose a scent to promote calm nerves, as well as one that stimulates the mind, could be useful.
If you have a quiet area at your office where employees can take time away from their tasks to rest or relax? How about putting a diffuser with the scent of Rose, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood to help calm the mind and body.
Aromatherapy for different times of the day
- Morning – Try Rosemary at the office on a few mornings and see how your staff responds.
- Afternoon – Use the energizing scent of Lemon
- Evening – Get a restful sleep to be ready for the next work day, or unwind after a long week, with the calming scent of chamomile.
How to scent the air in the office?
You can still get the benefits of aromatherapy in a shared workspace without offending others. Keep a bottle of various types of essential oils in your desk, uncap and smell when you need it. You can also apply it to a cotton ball, leave it in a covered container in your desk drawer, and open when needed. This way you can have various smells for various moods or times of day.
If you have a private office, there are diffusers available that mist the air. Only 1-6 drops are necessary to fill the office.
For your next brainstorming session or group meeting, put a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oils in the middle of the table. Choose the scent depending on the intended outcome of the meeting, and who will be part of the meeting.
So taking the time to cultivate the smell of your office is just good business sense. Or is it just good business scents?
 6 Scents That Can Transform Your Mood and Productivity – as reported to Lisa Evans of Entrepreneur on October 7, 2012